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.

Strategies and Resources for Aging at Home

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor; L-Lab)


Barbara Selwyn, M.C.P.; Executive Director, Cambridge at Home

Elizabeth Guttenberg, L.C.S.W.; Work-Life Administrator, MIT 

Most people would prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible. But, the challenge is knowing how to do so successfully. An increasing number of resources and programs are now available to help seniors manage risks and age in place. This seminar will educate you on the financial, social, and emotional aspects related to aging in place, as well as helpful resources and strategies for planning ahead and bolstering independence. You will also learn about the “village movement”: community-based membership organizations that provide a network of services and programs intended to help seniors age in their homes with dignity and independence.

Understanding the Legal Landscape of Aging

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Harry Margolis, J.D.; Managing Partner, Margolis & Bloom, LLP

This seminar will help you understand a range of services and resources that are available to elder caregivers. It will provide you with the tools to help you in the planning, assessment, and implementation of care for your loved ones with a focus on the timing, mechanics, and legal issues involved. We will cover everything from Medicaid to your rights as a caregiver. Attorney Harry S. Margolis will help debunk common myths and clarify the rules of coverage to help you better navigate the legal landscape of aging.

Caregiver Support Group: Caring for an Aging Family Member

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor)

Facilitator: Anna Pollard, LICSW, C-ASWCM; Director of Clinical Services, LifeCare Advocates

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

  • February 7, 2018

  • March 7, 2018

  • April 4, 2018

  • May 2, 2018

  • June 6, 2018

Caregiver Support Group: Caring for an Aging Family Member

The caregiving journey comes with many unique challenges and can be overwhelming to navigate alone. Join our caregiver support group to connect with, and learn from, others in the MIT Community, who are facing similar situations. Groups are facilitated by a Licensed Clinician with over 20 years of experience in the field of senior care, and are open to anyone who has cared, or is caring, for an aging family member—including family members with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Groups offer a safe place to share thoughts, feelings and experiences related to caregiving, as well as tactical guidance, helpful resources and effective coping strategies.

Aging Well (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

We are living in unprecedented times. Life expectancy is on the rise and centenarians will no longer be a rarity. While many seniors will remain active and vibrant into their 80s and 90s, others will suffer from age-related disabilities and chronic illness. With the increase in longevity, there is a growing interest in improving the health, well-being, and independence of adults as they age. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” This webinar will address common risk factors of aging such as falls, isolation, and memory loss. We will also explore strategies for seniors to remain active and engaged, cope effectively with chronic conditions, and maximize quality of life as they age.

Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver (Webinar)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job too? If so, you are probably in the caregiving sandwich and you’re not alone. Nearly half of adults ages 40-59 are caring for both an aging parent and child and most are also in the workforce. Is there a way for sandwich generation caregivers, whether you are a daughter, son, spouse or partner, to manage it all without feeling guilty and depleted? The answer is yes, but you’ll need some support, both at home and at work. If you are caught in the middle, don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar in which you will learn important caregiving strategies and find ways to take care of yourself too.

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.

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.