You are invited to: A series on the Joys and Challenges of Supporting Aging Parents
Loomis Village, 20 Bayon Drive, South Hadley
This dinner series is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Come for one, or the entire series!
Because a caregivere's life is busy enough, buffet dinner is included beginning at 5:30 pm. Presentation will begin promptly at 5:45 pm.
Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm: Your Life is Changing
Providing care for a family member is an act of kindness, love, and loyalty. It can also be overwhelming. This discussion will focus on things you can do to make the caregiving process easier and more pleasurable for both you and your loved one. Discussion led by Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts College of Nursing and College of Nursing students
November 8,Election Day, not scheduled, remember to vote!
Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 pm: Navigating Shifting Roles
An adult child doesn’t assume the top of the hierarchical relationship because an aging parent’s needs increase. In the words of Pema Chodron, “Compassion is not a relationship between a healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” Discussion will focus on navigating shifting family roles with compassion and dignity. Led by Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN
Tuesday, November 22, 5:30 pm: What Matters in the End
Families are neither comfortable with nor used to discussing serious illness or dying. Discussion will help family members better understand importance of advanced care planning and prepare for conversations about the later stages of life. Led by Jeffrey Zesiger, MD and Raeann LeBlanc, DNP, RN
Tuesday, November 29, 5:30 pm: Designing Your Own Later Adult Years
Aging will happen to all of us naturally, but aging well takes careful planning. Now is the time to begin to plan an enjoyable, wise, active, and fruitful later life. Such planning will also add richness to your life now. Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN and Barbara Perman, PhD
About the presenters:
Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an advocate for promoting dignity, function, self-management of chronic health problems, and independence in older adults.
Raeann LeBlanc, DNP, RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a trainer through the AACN End of Life Nursing Education Consortium.
Barbara Perman, Ph.D. is President and Founder of Moving Mentor, Inc. She is a pioneer in the growing field of senior move management and co-author of the book “No Ordinary Move, Relocating Your Aging Parents, A Guide for Boomers.”
Jeffrey Zesiger, MD is the medical director of Palliative Care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Dr. Zesiger is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Palliative Care and Hospice. His is also medical director of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice.
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About The Loomis Communities:
The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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