Old Colony Elder Services Offers Six-Week Program for Family Caregivers Beginning September 16th

Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES
Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the Brockton based regional agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities, is offering a “Powerful Tools For Caregivers” six-week educational program for family caregivers.

The class meets on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Emmanuel House Residence, 25 East Nilsson Street, Brockton, MA 02301. The class begins September 16, 2014 and concludes on October 14, 2014. There is no fee to attend.

Family caregivers who are caring for a parent, spouse, relative or friend can benefit from this class, regardless of whether they are caring for someone residing at home, in an assisted living/nursing facility or across the country.

Attendees will learn how to reduce stress and relax; communicate more effectively; take care of themselves; reduce guilt, anger and depression; make tough decisions; set goals and problem-solve. Complimentary copies of the Caregiver Helpbook will be distributed.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Call Kathleen Ward or Patricia Livie, Class Leaders at (508) 584-1561 extension 348 or 373.

This educational program is presented by OCES Healthy Living Programs and sponsored by Emmanuel House Residence.

About OCES

Founded in 1974, OCES serves 20 communities in Plymouth County as well as Avon, Easton and Stoughton. OCES is a private, non-profit organization located in Brockton and designated as one of 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency has 179 employees and operates more than 15 programs serving older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.

 

Old Colony Elder Services Announces Class for Family Caregivers Beginning May 2nd

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the Brockton based regional elder services agency serving seniors, their families and caregivers throughout greater Brockton and Plymouth county, is offering a “Powerful Tools For Caregivers” six-week educational program for family caregivers.

Designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend, the class meets on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Stoughton Council on Aging located at 110 Rockland Street. The class begins May 2, 2012 and concludes on June 6, 2012.

There is no fee to attend.

Family caregivers who are caring for a parent, spouse, friend or someone who lives at home, in assisted living/nursing home or across the country can benefit from this class.

Attendees will learn how to reduce stress; communicate more effectively; take care of themselves; reduce guilt, anger and depression; set goals and problem-solve. They will also receive a complimentary copy of the Caregiver Helpbook.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Call Rochelle Sugarman, Family Caregiver Support Program Supervisor and Class Leader, to register (508) 584-1561 ext 312.

This educational program is presented by OCES Family Caregiver Support Program and is sponsored by Stoughton Council on Aging.

About OCES
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. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org

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Old Colony Elder Services Offers two Family Caregiver series beginning in July

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.

About OCES
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