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K.E.Y. Programs • Caregiving for the Sandwich Generation

Caregiving for the Sandwich Generation

Wednesdays, March 8 and 15, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m.register-CTA-Youth

Evergreen
1130 N. Westfield St., Oshkosh, WI

An estimated 44 million caregivers find themselves “sandwiched”

The “sandwiched” caregiver must care for their own immediate family while also providing unpaid assistance and support to family members who are either older adults and/or adults with disabilities. It can be a stressful and difficult position.

Caregivers often report high rates of depression and anxiety, because their personal activities and social life are restricted and they feel powerless to control their own life as well as make significant changes for the person they are caring for. The result is that caregivers’ own mental and physical health becomes compromised.

Learn to care for yourself and you loved ones in a more manageable way. 

This course will give caregivers the tools they need to care for themselves while providing support to a loved one. The two-part course focuses on relationships, self care and resources for caregivers. Participants will learn strategies for:

  • Maintaining and strengthening your relationships when caregiving
  • Self-care and emotional management
  • Coping with the varied and demanding roles
  • Accessing community resources

This course will also assist caregivers in getting all paperwork and documentation in place to help make medical and other end of life decisions for the family member in need. This course will provide many opportunities for discussion.

Program Information

Session 1: Lifetime Relationships: Changes for Adult Children and their Aging Caregiver Parent

Learn to recognize how caregiving affects relationships among family members. Explore what has changed and what has stayed the same. Discover what your role may be in making end of life decisions with and for your loved one. Also learn to be an effective caregiver through self-care strategies.

Session 2: Tools for Talking: Strengthening Later-Life Caregiving Relationships

Build learning and listening skills for addressing changing needs in later life. How do you start the conversation with your loved one? Develop the skills to say what you mean and hear what they say. Gather tips for talking about trying topics to build consensus for decisions and document those decisions. You will receive a “workbook” you can use at home to document these conversations. You will also become more aware of community resources.

Registration Information

Click here to register online

The cost for the two-part program is $59 with a $10 discount for UW Oshkosh alumni, faculty and staff.

There are limited scholarships available. Please contact Julie Kiefer, Program Manager, for more information, kieferj@uwosh.edu or (920) 424-3106.

Location

Evergreen Retirement Community
1130 N. Westfield St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902

Program Instructor

Chris Armstrong bio pic - caregiversChristine Armstrong is a business professional with expertise in the areas of: Advocacy, Coaching, Adult Learning Theory, Organizational Development, Classroom Training & Facilitation, Blended Learning, and Skill Assessment. Ms. Armstrong has a degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, as well as over ten years of experience in corporate development.

She also holds numerous certifications in Health Care Advocacy, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Coaching, True Colors, Global Leadership, Career Development, and Process Improvement.