Caring for Aging Parents

...What Worries You the Most?

Mom seems much more forgetful, Dad’s having more 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. What kind of help might your parents or loved ones need now, or next year? Where do you find that help and how much will it cost? What is your role, and what are the roles of your family members? How can you maintain the pleasurable experience of being the loving child, while at the same time address your parent’s needs for safety and support? What kind of help do you need? These lunchtime 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.

Sharing the Caregiving: Managing Sibling Disagreements

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building NE49-5000

Presenter – Jody Gastfriend, M.S.W., LICSW; Vice President, Senior Care Services,

Siblings can be our best friends, toughest critics, or partners in fun and trouble growing up. But once we’re adults, siblings can make caring for an aging parent challenging. One of the greatest sources of stress around caregiving is sibling discord. You think Mom needs in-home care, your brother’s focused on assisted living, and Mom doesn’t want any help at all! Sound familiar? How can you and your siblings get on the same page, help Mom find the right care, and not get entangled in simmering resentments from the past? Learn how to focus on the present, address sibling conflict, achieve consensus as much as possible, and manage your own stress. 

Caregiver Support Group: Caring for an Aging Family Member

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Facilitators –

Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW; Senior Care Advisor,

Elizabeth Guttenberg, LMSW; Senior Care Advisor,

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

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.

Caregiver Support Group: Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

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Facilitators –

Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW; Senior Care Advisor,

Elizabeth Guttenberg, LMSW; Senior Care Advisor,

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

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017

  • Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017

This support group will focus on those caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Caring for a family member with a progressive disease can be overwhelming and fraught with emotion. The goal for this group is to provide useful strategies and tools for the caregiver, as well as the opportunity for caregivers to connect with others in similar situations.

Senior Care Consultations

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Senior Care Advisors –

Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW; Senior Care Advisor,

Elizabeth Guttenberg, LMSW; Senior Care Advisor,

Licensed Geriatric Social Workers will be available twice a month for free, in-person consultations, by appointment, at the Work-Life Center. 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.

Consultations with a masters-level geriatric social worker are now also available in Waltham, conveniently located right off route 95. This building is easily accessible for family members who may have difficulty with mobility. Consultations will be arranged to best meet your schedule. 

To request an in-person individual or family consultation at the Waltham office, please email Jennifer Gibbons, LICSW at or call (781) 795-7248.