Old Colony Elder Services, the regional elder services agency headquartered in Brockton and serving 23 towns in the South Shore and Brockton area, has announced two free Family Caregiver series beginning in July to be held at the Brockton Council on Aging located at 10 Father Kenney Way.
Old Colony Elder Services’ Family Caregiver Support Program will be holding two events of interest to caregivers at the Brockton Council on Aging, 10 Father Kenney Way, Brockton. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers series, a six week educational series will begin on July 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is designed to give family caregivers the skills and tools to better cope with the demands of caregiving. Caregivers will learn methods to reduce stress, anger and depression, while improving communication skills, decision making and self care. The series is free for family caregivers and a copy of the Caregiver Handbook will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Registration is required; please call Rochelle Sugarman, Family Caregiver Support Program Supervisor, to register or for more information. 508-584-1561, extension 312.
A new Grandparent Support Group will be held at the Brockton Council on Aging, 10 Father Kenney Way, Brockton on Wednesday, July 20th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a monthly support group for grandparents raising grandchildren and will offer grandparents a time and place to share information as well as successes and strategies for handling this very challenging responsibility. A permanent schedule will be established at the second meeting. Interested grandparents are asked to call Rochelle Sugarman, Family Caregiver Support Program Supervisor, for more information. 508-584-1561, extension 312.
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers series and Grandparent Support Group are presented by Old Colony Elder Services Family Caregiver Support Program. Rochelle Sugarman, Family Caregiver Support Program Supervisor and Christine McLaren will facilitate both groups.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services is a private, non-profit corporation designated as one of 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers such as Family Caregiver Support; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services and Home Care.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in 23 towns in Southeastern Massachusetts:
Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 157 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org