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"Meeting Caregiver Needs" subject of February Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – People who care for an older adult often find themselves the role of caregiver with little preparation or warning. This can create emotional difficulty for both the caregiver and the person receiving the care.

Ways to meet caregiver needs is the topic of discussion at the upcoming Seniors Count workshop, re-scheduled for Monday, February 23 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The free workshop begins at 1:00pm.

Workshop presenter Bernie Seifert, LICSW, will cover such topics as: clarifying the caregiver’s role; identifying feelings associated with care giving (both positive and negative); recognizing how these emotional responses affect the care giving; and finding caregiver supports and resources.

Seifert is the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs for NAMI New Hampshire.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. in Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Please note that in case of wintery weather, the Senior Activity Center follows the Nashua schools closing schedule. The workshop will be cancelled if schools are closed or there is a delayed opening on February 23.

The “Meeting Caregiver Needs” is the first in a series of six workshops being offered in partnership between Seniors Count-Nashua and the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Future workshops include: Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults (Monday, March 30, 2015); Medicare Care: Keeping it all Straight (Monday, April 13, 2015); Understanding Dementia (Monday, April 27, 2015); Coping with Changing and Challenging Behaviors (Monday, May 18, 2015); and Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When (Monday, June 8, 2015). All workshops are free of charge and begin at 1:00pm.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

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