My Elders A Free Educational Series On Caring for Aging Loved Ones
Becoming a caregiver for one’s own parent is a life transition that many will face. Even for those who are prepared, adapting to this new role can be a daunting and, oftentimes, overwhelming emotional experience. Learning how to navigate the world of medicine, law, hospitals and nursing homes, while experiencing uncertainty in unfamiliar territory, is unfortunately something many will experience.
Concord Hospital Trust’s Major and Planned Giving Advisory Committee is pleased to offer “My Elders,” a free educational series on caring for aging loved ones. Concord Hospital and other community professionals and experts trained in geriatric care will present each program, which will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Memorial Medical Office Building on the Concord Hospital Campus, Floor 2. Attendees should park in Lot E located outside of Concord Hospital’s Visitors Entrance.
All programs are free as a community service, however space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling (603) 227-7000 ext. 5209 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 21 - Not Getting Any Younger
• Learn what to expect from normal aging;
• Warning signs to watch for;
• Conversations and considerations of the future;
• Community resources available to help.
Thursday, April 4 - Offering Support Without Threatening Independence
• Learn how to identify what assistance may benefit your parent;
• Options for help with meals, home maintenance, safety, transportation; clinical and emotional care and how to find it;
• How to prepare advance directives and advanced care planning.
Thursday, April 18 - Making the Move Without Losing Control
• Learn the differences between assisted living and nursing home care;
• Tips on managing financial responsibilities and estate planning;
• How to best honor your loved one’s wishes and fulfill your care giving responsibilities;
• Community resources available.
Thursday, May 2 - Final Wishes & Requests
• Learn what advance directives are and why they are important;
• How to have end of life discussions;
• How to make and honor decisions before the end is near.