Archive for August 2011

Webinar for Caregivers

Cortney Doescher-Hino

Cortney Doescher-Hino

Mental Health Needs of Family Caregivers. Identifying, Engaging and Assisting.
Many family caregivers experience burden and stress. Highly stressed family caregivers are at increased risk for psychological and physical health problems, such as depression, emotional and cognitive problems, and increased rates of coronary heart disease, strokes and mortality.  The U.S. Administration on Aging, in partnership with the American Psychological Association, will hold a webinar to explore the mental health needs of family caregivers and effective interventions and resources to support those needs.

 Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
  1 – 3 p.m. 

Webinar Overview:
Participants of this webinar will learn about:  (1) the increasing number of family caregivers and the diversity among this population and in their  experiences;  (2) the range of mental health issues that may occur in family caregivers; (3) strategies to identify and engage family caregivers experiencing strain, to overcome reluctance to utilize services, encourage self-care, and refer to mental health services when needed; (4) effective interventions that are proven to be effective in addressing caregiver stress and burden, and (5) the availability of a wealth of resources to support the strengths and address the problems of family caregivers including the American Psychological Association’s Family Caregiver Briefcase

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D
., Clinical Psychologist, family therapist, author, educator and Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA

William E. Haley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies

Deborah A. DiGilio, MPH, Director, American Psychological Association Office on Aging and immediate past Chair of the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging.

Greg Link
, MA, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging

To register for the online event:
1. Go to
2. Click “Register”
3. Complete the registration form and click “Submit”

Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions for how to join the event.

Do You Qualify?

Sarah Holm

Sarah Holm

In these tough economic times, do you ever find yourself wondering if there is financial assistance available to you that you don’t know how to access?  You are not alone.  There are many people who are struggling to make ends meet and are not aware that there are federal, state and local programs designed to help individuals and families weather the recession.  To search for such benefits, The National Council on Aging has created ‘The Benefits CheckUp’ tool which is available on their website at: .  The Benefits CheckUp is set up like a survey; it will ask you a series of questions about your current income and benefits, and in the end will provide you with a summary of federal, state and county benefits for which you qualify.  Some areas of assistance that may be available to you include:  paying for prescription drugs, buying food, assistance paying your utilities, etc.   If you need assistance navigating the website or completing applications, case managers at the North/Eastside Senior Coalition are available to assist.  Please call 243-5252 and ask for the case manager on intake to set up an appointment.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Jim Krueger

Jim Krueger

“Living Well with Chronic Conditions” is a six-week series of 2 ½-hour sessions designed to empower those living with challenges such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart problems, emphysema,  cancer and others to better manage and improve their health.  Taught weekly by specially trained volunteer leaders, most of whom have health conditions themselves, the series is evidence-based and was created at Stanford University.

Participants will learn to manage their symptoms, stress, and medications, deal with depression and other emotions, set personal goals and problem solve, improve lifestyle choices and feel better about life.  “The workshops put me back in charge of my life, and I feel great,” writes one participant.  “Now I have more energy than I’ve had in years.  I’m calmer and more confident about my health,” adds another.   Members of the small-group sessions become very supportive of each other and sometimes continue to meet independently after the series has ended.

Upcoming Living Well workshops are planned throughout the Madison area.  If you or someone you know wants to ‘put life back into your life,’ call Janie at 261-9700 for more information or to sign on.

Next workshop available:

Date: Wednesdays starting the 31st of August. (31st August, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th September, 5th October)
Time: 3-5:30pm
Location: Warner Park Community Recreation Center
To Sign Up: Call Lynne Robertson, Outreach Specialist, at 836-9810, or Janie Riebe, Aging Program Specialist at 608 261-9700.

I am interested in getting involved as a Lay Leader or my organization would like to host a Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop.  Who should I call?

Please contact Lynne, e-mail