The Joys and Challenges of Supporting Aging Parents, presented at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing
Monday, September 11, 6:30 pm Your Life is Changing
Providing care for a family member is an act of kindness, love, and loyalty. It can also be overwhelming. Discussion will focus on things you can do to make the caregiving process more pleasurable for both you and your loved one. Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN
Monday, September 18, 6:30 pm Navigating Shifting Roles
“Compassion is not a relationship between a healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals,” Pema Chodron. Discussion will focus on navigating shifting family roles with compassion and dignity. Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN
Monday, September 25, 6:30 pm Family Celebrations and Communication
Discussion will focus on adjusting family gatherings to the realities of life changes and communication tips that can be a helpful tool for everyone in preparation for events. Rachel Tierney, PhD, RN
Monday, October 16, 6:30 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. Barbara Perman, PhD
Monday, October 23, 6:30 pm What Matters at 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. RaeAnn LeBlanc, DNP, RN
About the presenters:
Maureen Groden, RN, MS, CHPN has over 25 years experience in hospice, palliative care and education. Maureen is certified as a hospice and palliative care R.N. and has taught nursing at several local universities and has presented at numerous conferences, primarily on palliative care.
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.”
Rachel Tierney, PhD, RN is a Loomis Village resident and retired psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and a member of the Dementia Friendly Communities Coalition.
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 three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
For more information, call us at the number in the upper right of this webpage or send us a note through our Contact Us form.