Two noon time workshops for Caregivers: December 10 & 11

caregiverWe have scheduled two Brown Bag sessions for busy family caregivers of seniors who are feeling the stress and anxiety of trying to balance the competing demands of care-giving, family and work responsibilities. Join us for one or both; sessions are free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Scam Awareness and Prevention will be presented at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 10. When it sounds too good to be true… Scams come in many shapes and forms (face-to-face, mail, telephone, grandparent, computer, international etc.). Seniors and stressed family caregivers are a prime target. The workshop provides: 1) a greater understanding of various scams and how they work; and, 2) what family caregivers and seniors need to know to keep from being victims.

At 12 noon on Wednesday, December 11, join us for A Caregiver’s Guide for the Holidays. It’s not your Norman Rockwell Holiday anymore.  The holidays can be very stressful for family caregivers of seniors, who are struggling to balance traditional holiday expectations with the realities of the current situation. The workshop helps family caregivers to: 1) navigate stressful holiday situations and recognize potential “hot button” areas; and, 2) re-evaluate holiday expectations and begin to create new traditions.

The presenter for the both programs is Bob Dean, director of Navigation for Caregivers. Dean has an extensive background working with seniors and family caregivers and is a family caregiver himself. From 2003 through 2012, Bob served as executive director of Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc., the federally designated Area Agency on Aging, and the state designated Aging Services Access Point for Berkshire County.  From 1999 through 2003, Bob served as Elder Services’ director of client services, and, in that capacity, helped to implement the agency’s family caregiver support program.  Bob can be reached at Navigation for Caregivers (413) 464-1519, e-mail address:

Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, now in its 75th year of service to Pittsfield’s public library.


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