Caring for an aging or ill parent while also parenting your own children can be taxing in a multitude of ways -- physically, emotionally and financially. To help navigate this tricky and often overwhelming landscape, AB United Way, along with Minuteman Senior Services, offered a new workshop this fall, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”.

 
The free, confidential workshop met weekly for 6 weeks and helped members of the “sandwich generation” -people caring for aging parents as well as children-learn strategies for handling the emotionally-wrought challenges faced by family caregivers. Topics included information on ways caregivers can reduce stress, manage emotions, communicate effectively and access community resources.
The response to the full-capacity program was very favorable. One of the workshop attendees commented that it is “important to realize that you are not alone as a caregiver, and it is helpful to share stories and strategies.”  Sometimes, just knowing where to turn for help is beneficial. One attendee noted that “many in our community are struggling with caregiving, often with little respite or support. It is good to know there are many resources out there.” For example, this attendee noted that because of the workshop, she learned how to contact Minuteman Senior Services to obtain a directory listing of available senior living options.
 
To continue the conversation around these topics, AB United Way is sponsoring a panel discussion the evening of January 17, 2017 at the West Acton Villageworks. The panel will feature elder law attorney Cathleen Summers, as well as other experts on elder planning and caregiving. Topics will include important issues such as fraud protection and legal issues to consider when planning for the future. For information, call 978-263-1777 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.