Caring for Aging Parents

...What Worries You the Most?

Mom seems much more forgetful. Dad's having trouble getting around, and your siblings don't want to talk about it. In the face of family changes caused by aging, disease, or other life circumstances, the questions can be worrisome, and the answers hard to find. These seminars offer an opportunity to share your concerns, and gain the practical information you need to make the plans and provide the support that will work best for you and your loved ones.

Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: E25-202

Presenter: Jody Gastfriend, L.I.C.S.W.; Vice President, Senior Care Services,

Did you know that there are over 15 million Americans caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease? Despite the devastating nature of this disease, there are numerous supports and resources that can make a difference. Come learn about caregiving strategies that can help improve the quality of life for both you and your loved one.

You will leave with an understanding of:

  • The different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and the warning signs
  • Care options for a loved one with dementia
  • How to connect emotionally and creatively with a loved one who has dementia
  • How to take care of yourself as the caregiver of someone with dementia

Estate Planning Basics

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Patricia C. D’Agostino J.D.; Partner, Margolis & Bloom, LLP 

This seminar will provide an overview of the essential estate-planning documents that everyone should have. It will include a discussion of:

  • Appointing trusted individuals to make your medical and financial decisions if you are unable 
  • How and why to avoid probate court, which involves delays in decisions and financial distributions 
  • How to minimize Massachusetts and federal estate taxes
  • Tips for protecting assets for future generations and disabled beneficiaries

Patricia will also discuss the eligibility rules for Massachusetts’ Medicaid coverage of long-term care and some steps you can take to preserve your assets in the event you, or your family members, do require Massachusetts’ Medicaid coverage in the future.

Managing Stress in the Workplace (Webinar)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

We all encounter some form of stress every day—commuting to work, difficult bosses, caring for our children and parents and all those emails in our inbox! But when stress is not managed properly, it can cause physical and emotional harm to our bodies and souls. Balancing work and caregiving can be particularly stressful. Learn the difference between positive and negative stress, the warning signs of stress overload and strategies to stay calm, present and balanced when the going gets tough.

Choosing Quality Senior Care

These monthly introductory discussions are designed specifically for those who are currently caring for an aging parent, or those who may be doing so in the future and are interested in planning ahead. You will learn about:

  • Different housing and care options for seniors
  • Costs of various types of senior care
  • How to find and evaluate your senior care options
  • MIT benefits that can help support your aging loved one

Choosing Quality Senior Care sessions, which are open to the entire MIT community, are held monthly from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000.

Individual or Family Senior Care Consultations

A licensed Geriatric Social Worker will be available two days a month for free, in-person consultations by appointment at the MIT Work-Life Center. Appointments are available between 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

These individual and family consultations can be focused on any issues you are facing in regard to caring for an aging family member or finding care for yourself. Personalized, professional advice and support about how to plan for your short-term and long-term care needs will be provided. In the consultation, you will receive information and guidance about types of service providers, associated costs, and available benefits, as well as caregiving tips and helpful resources.