Caring for Aging Parents

...What Worries You the Most?

Information and resources on MIT's senior care planning benefit—and additional caregiving resources—are available on our website. In-person consultations (on campus and in Waltham), caregiver support groups, and seminars will continue in September 2017.

Caregiver Support Group: Caring for an Aging Family Member

Building NE49-5000

Facilitators –

Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW; Senior Care Advisor, Care.com

Elizabeth Guttenberg, LMSW; Senior Care Advisor, Care.com

This group meets from 12:30–1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays, from January through May.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This support group is a gathering of those caring for aging family members. Meetings are meant to relieve caregiver isolation by connecting with others in similar situations. Share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage your caregiving responsibilities in a safe environment. The goal of this group is to provide participants with support and resources to assist in their caregiving roles.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Caregiving Challenges and Strategies (Webinar)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

There are more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million family caregivers who help them in the U.S. Within the next ten years, that number is projected to increase by forty percent.  This webinar will review the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and signs your loved one may have the disease.  Despite the devastating nature of Alzheimer’s disease, there are supports that can make a difference and help you continue to connect with your Mom or Dad. Learn about caregiving strategies and types of care that can improve the quality of life for both you and your parent. 

Caregiving and the Holidays: What to do when a Visit to Mom and Dad Raises Red Flags (Webinar)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with family. But over the course of a visit you may worry that Mom has forgotten how to make her famous pumpkin pie and Dad can’t seem to find the right words. During the holiday season, you might notice a shift in your parent’s behavior or cognition, which can lead to increased anxiety and fear. This webinar will help you identify what changes might be warning signs of decline and what steps to take to address those concerns.