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Free workshops to offer support to caregivers and elders start in May

Two free community workshop series, led by Eileen Naughton, LICSW, of River Valley Counseling Center, begin this month. One offers ways to help caregivers better care for elders with mental health issues while supporting their own wellbeing, and the other aims to support elders who are coping with loss.

May 2018 Mental Health Outreach workshops photo WEBWorkshops offer support to folks who are dealing with similar life challenges, giving them an opportunity to share successes and challenges together.

Caring for the Caregiver

"Caring for the Caregiver," a workshop for caregivers who are caring for elders with mental health issues, will take place on Mondays, May 7, 14, and 21, and June 4, 11, and 18, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Athol Council on Aging, located at 82 Freedom Street. Gather with others who understand the challenges and joys of caring for elders who may be dealing with frailty, anxiety, depression, sadness, isolation, loss, substance abuse, or other mental health concerns. Contact Cathy Savoy at 978-249-8986 with questions or to reserve a spot.

Coping with Loss

“Coping with Loss” takes place on Wednesdays, May 16 and 23, and June 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Senior Center in Shelburne (7 Main Street in Shelburne Falls). Elders 60 years of age and older will learn ways to cope with life losses as a result of the aging process, which comes with its own set of unique challenges. Attendees will meet with others who are dealing with similar issues and have a chance to share their own successes and challenges. Contact Leanne Dowd at 413- 625-2502 with questions or to reserve a spot.

These workshops are sponsored by LifePath in partnership with the Athol Council on Aging and the Senior Center in Shelburne, with support from the Massachusetts Council on Aging, under a service incentive grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Learn more about LifePath’s many programs that support the independence of elders, people with disabilities, and caregivers: contact us.