As part of an ongoing commitment to provide senior life planning education, Senior Concerns will present a free seminar, “Helping Aging Loved Ones Thrive,” on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.
This informative seminar will presented by Andrea Gallagher, President of Senior Concerns, and Lori Bliss, Case Manager at Senior Concerns, both Certified Senior Advisors. The goal of the workshop is to help family members determine what role they want to play in caring for an aging loved one. Attendees will learn how to help loved ones adapt to aging changes, discover the 10 signs their aging loved one may need help, and learn the most important things to do when a senior is in crisis.
“Whether helping with personal care, running the household, assisting with financial transactions, managing medications, driving or helping an aging loved one to deal with their escalating emotional or physical challenges, baby boomers are at the tipping point of a caregiving tidal wave,” explains Gallagher.
According to author Nancy Mattia, how you identify yourself – as a “caregiver” or a “good child” who is helping mom out – can make a huge difference in how that role affects you. Caregivers who don’t self-identify as caregivers see themselves in their role of daughter or son, but also a person with work and social commitments. These individuals frequently don’t reach out and get the help they need in caring for an aging loved one because they don’t identify themselves in the caregiving journey.
“Our goal is to help those caring for aging parents to self-identify as caregivers and then show them to the path to the help and support that will make their caregiving journey a bit easier,” Gallagher adds.
Seating is limited. To reserve your space at this important seminar, please contact Senior Concerns at 805-497-0189. Light refreshments will be served. A $10 donation is requested to cover the cost of program materials.

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