Griffin Hospital’s Healthy U
program and The Valley Senior Services Council will host a series of four talks
on caregiving this spring.
The series will focus on caregivers
for seniors, especially those of “the sandwich generation,” who are caring for
a senior loved one while still managing work and care of their children,
however the series will share information and resources that are beneficial to
anyone caring for another person.
A light dinner sponsored by Valley Senior Services
Council (VSSC) and their Valley United Way Special Needs Grant and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will be provided at 4:30 p.m. before each talk. There
will be free raffles and VSSC members representing various area homecare and
senior living services will be available to share resources and to speak
individually with attendees. Participants are invited to bring their loved one
whom they provide care.
The series starts with “Care for
the Caregiver” on Thurs., March 23 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Beverley Kidder, DSW,
director of Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and author of “ The
Gift of Caregiving,” will share her caregiving experience and tips for dealing
with the stress of caregiving. Laura Murphy, L.M.T., R.T(T), Planetree Services
supervisor at Griffin Hospital, will discuss and demonstrate the therapeutic
benefits of complementary healing methods including guided imagery, meditation,
and aromatherapy. Information on area caregiver support resources will also be
On Thurs., April 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Dawnmarie Hunter, of Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT, and Kim
Vertrees, Community Liaison with Connecticut In-Home Assistance homecare, will present
“Keeping Your Loved One Independent and Safe,” explaining the difference
between medical and non-medical home care - what are the differences; when and
why you need it; how to search for it; and how to pay for it. A Griffin
Hospital physical therapist will also discuss fall safety and demonstrate
exercises for balance and core strengthening. Tara Kelly, of Griffin Hospital Lifeline, will present information on home safety and preventing avoidable fall
“The Caregiver’s Toolbox” on
Thurs., May 18 will feature a presentation by Maria Tomasetti, of The
Alzheimer’s Association, on care methods for individuals with Alzheimer’s
disease and dementia, including communication strategies and helpful activities.
Griffin Hospital Community Outreach will present a “toolbox” of resources for
caregivers to help a loved one manage their disease and gain control of their
The series wraps up on Thurs., June
8 at 5:30 p.m. with a variety of presentations on caregiving from area
resources, including Wesley Village UMH, Sunset Shores, Griffin Hospital
Lifeline, Alzheimer’s Association, TEAM, Valley Transit District and Agency on
Aging. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Space is limited, so registration
is required. Call 203-732-1511 or register online at the Griffin Hospital
events calendar at griffinhealth.org.