Until recently, for Monadnock Region residents ages 50 and older experience a lack of robust range of programming and resources to fit their unique needs– especially when it came to those affected in some way by dementia.
“Many organizations are doing great work to serve specific needs of this population,” says Sylvie Rice, Community Health Program Coordinator at Cheshire Medical Center. “We started collaborating in a coordinated fashion so we could identify gaps in resources for our aging community.” Monadnock Aging Resource Collaborative (MARC) was born to implement a broad range of programming for those “50 and better.”
A spotlight on those caring for others
A growing role shared by many in this age range is that of caregiver. “Supporting people caring for loved ones comes up during every conversation,” says Rice. “There are so many people in our region caring for elderly parents while in their own retirement, caring for a declining spouse, or even caring for parents while raising their own children.” Last year MARC put on a Caregiver’s Summit. This fall, they are offering a series of workshops spread out over four months.
“Much of our region’s caregiving is driven by dementia. So, we offer workshops by experts like Carrie Amorim Good of the Alzheimer’s Association to address safety or communication with those who have dementia, and we also address the needs of the caregivers directly.”
Jennifer Begley and Tom Stearns, PhD are Cheshire Medical Center’s Resilient Living Team. Their workshop on Wednesday, October 9 honors how overwhelming caregiving can sometimes be, reviewing the sources and signs of stress. They will mainly focus on the specific skills and strategies caregivers can use to regain a sense of balance, joy, and hope in life.
50 and Better Expo
From age-appealing social venues and exercise classes to the volunteer assistance needed to age well in place, you can learn more about the abundance of resources for locals in the latter half of life on Saturday, October 26 at the “50 and Better Expo” at the Keene Senior Center.
Each organization will showcase the region’s offerings aimed at specific age ranges or situations common later in life.
Caregiver programming by Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) see the last page of our Fall & Winter Program Guide.
Upcoming Caregivers’ Workshops at Cheshire Medical Center:
- Wed, October 9, 2019
- 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
- Thu, October 10, 2019
- 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Tue, October 15, 2019
- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
- Wed, October 23, 2019
- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
- Wed, October 30, 2019
- 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Effective Communication Strategies (with Alzheimer’s patients)
- Wed, November 13, 2019
- 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
- Tue, December 3, 2019
- 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM