Adult and Senior Care

Caring for an elderly family member or an adult with physical or other challenges—either short-term challenges or long-term disabilities—can seem like a daunting task. But with the right help, it can also be immensely rewarding.

There are so many questions. How do we talk about what needs to happen? How do we get all our family members on the same page, and come up with a plan? How do we manage the inevitable health, legal and financial issues? How do we find—and pay for—the necessary resources?

Our expanded Adult & Senior Care Services can provide you with the help you need.

  • In-depth phone consultations with a Licensed Geriatric Social Worker. With a simple phone call (855.781.1303, extension 2) to our partners at Care.com, you can arrange free, in-depth consultations with an expert in adult and senior care. This Licensed Masters Level Social Worker will work with you to develop a customized action plan crafted to meet your family members’ needs—and yours. So if your Mom lives in Florida, you live in Cambridge, and your brother lives in New York—they will help you come up with a plan that works for everyone. Care.com can also provide you with a list of vetted providers in communities across the U.S., including geriatric care managers, attorneys who specialize in elder law, at-home care services, senior housing, adult day programs, transportation, and Alzheimer/dementia care.
  • In-person consultations with a Licensed Geriatric Social Worker at the MIT Work-Life Center. Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW, a Care Advisor on the Care.com team, will be available twice a month for free, in-person consultations by appointment, at the Work-Life Center. Registration will open in early-September.
  • Senior caregiver support groups. Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW, will also lead senior care support groups at the MIT Work-Life Center this fall on topics including, Caring From a Distance, and Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Registration will open in early-September.
  • Backup care for your adult and senior family membersand yourself. Care.com also provides access to backup adult care you can really trust, for medical appointments, transportation, meal preparation, medication prompting, assistance with bathing and dressing, etc. Visit our website to learn more and register.

Additional Resources

  • MIT Work-Life Center’s Seminar Series provides learning opportunities on topics related to Caring for Aging Parents.
  • MIT Work-Life Center’s Lending Library includes a selection of books on caregiving, elders, and aging.
  • MIT AgeLab was created in 1999 to foster new ideas on how to use technology to improve people’s health and enable them to remain active throughout their lives.
  • Association of MIT Retirees encourages retirees to get together and to keep in touch with each other and the Institute through social and educational events, tours, and travel. The group offers seminars on MIT services that are available to retirees and on other topics of interest. The Association of MIT Retirees will help you reassess your plans, align your skills and passions in new ways, and make thoughtful decisions about how to spend your time.
  • Chaplains at MIT, representing many of the world's religions, serve both their own religious communities, as well as the MIT community at large. Chaplains are available for counseling, private talks, and program development.
  • Emma Rogers Society was established in 1989 by and for widows of alumni and faculty of the Institute. Its purpose is to assist the more than 5,000 members nationwide, keeping them connected to the Institute in their own right.
  • Family Caregiver Handbook, developed by the MIT Workplace Center, is a comprehensive guide to senior care resources in Massachusetts.
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 and amended in 2008 to help employees balance the demands of work and family, and to care for their own and their families’ medical problems, without risking their jobs.
  • Grief Counseling is available to MIT community members at no cost. Speak with a licensed professional counselor experienced in helping people who have suffered a loss. You, your dependents and your beneficiaries are provided with up to five confidential counseling sessions per event. Sessions can either take place in-person or by phone – simply call the dedicated 24/7 toll-free number, 1-855-609-9989. You can also log on to https://griefcounseling.harrisrothenberg.net/default.aspx (username: MetLife; password: grief) to contact a counselor or access helpful grief-related information and resources.
  • MIT Public Service Center identifies opportunities for MIT community members to volunteer with the local elderly community or to find volunteer opportunities for the elderly.
  • Retirement benefits counselors are available to help you review and elect your retirement benefits, including Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (pre-tax dollars for dependent-care costs, including care of the elderly). It is never too early to meet with a retirement benefits counselor.

We’re here to help. You can reach us by phone at 617.253.1592 or worklife@mit.edu. And of course, you’re always welcome to drop by to talk.  We are located in Building E19-611. Visit us anytime Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.