Free workshops to offer support to elders, caregivers

Monday, May 14, 2018

Two free community workshop series led by social worker Eileen Naughton, of River Valley Counseling Center, begin Wednesday. One offers ways to help caregivers better care for elders with mental health issues, while supporting their own well-being, and the other aims to support elders who are coping with loss.

“Caring for the Caregiver,” a workshop for caregivers who are caring for elders with mental health issues, will take place on Monday, May 21, June 4, 11 and 18 from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Athol Council on Aging, 82 Freedom St. Gather with others who understand the challenges and joys of caring for elders who may be dealing with frailty, anxiety, depression, sadness, isolation, loss, substance abuse or other mental health concerns. Contact Cathy Savoy at 978-249-8986 with questions or to reserve a spot.

“Coping with Loss” takes place on Wednesday, May 23, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center in Shelburne (7 Main St.). Elders 60 years old and older will learn ways to cope with life losses as a result of the aging process, which comes with its own set of unique challenges. Attendees will meet with others who are dealing with similar issues and have a chance to share their own successes and challenges. Contact Leanne Dowd at 413- 625-2502 with questions or to reserve a spot.

These workshops are sponsored by LifePath in partnership with the Athol Council on Aging and the Senior Center in Shelburne. There’s support from the Massachusetts Council on Aging under a service incentive grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Learn more about LifePath’s many programs that support the independence of elders, people with disabilities and caregivers at www.LifePathMA.org or by calling 978-544-2259.

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