The Avenidas Care Forum is uniquely positioned to benefit you and your loved ones because our expert presenters have been on the front lines of elder-patient care services for years, and they understand the dire challenges experienced by family caregivers. They will provide insider information as to how family caregivers should navigate complex levels of care transitions, minimize stress, cultivate resilience, and thrive!
These workshops are for families caring for loved ones. All sessions take place from 11 am – 2 pm at the Rose Kleiner Center at 270 Escuela Avenue in Mountain View, with plenty of free parking.
The workshops are free and open to the public, but you do need to reserve your space and lunch request. Call (650) 289-5400 or register online.
If you have questions about the Care Forum call Paula Wolfson, Manager of Avenidas Care Partners, at (650) 289-5438.
See sessions below for each month's lecture topic and speaker.
The Caregiver Shower celebrates the positive side of caregiving with gifts and wellness services to several lucky participants donated by event's sponsors.
The second hour small group discussion will include design thinking strategies and exercises to help caregivers create solutions to the problems that they are most familiar with. At the close of this session each facilitator will share and report back to the larger group on the most compelling action items and ideas.
Facilitators report back to the group.
Saturday, April 6th:
Pro-Active Planning for Adult Children and Concerned Loved Ones
Dr. Ellen Brown & Dr. Rita Ghatak
Saturday, May 4th:
From Chaos to Confidence: Navigating Home, ER, Hospital, Rehab
Dr. Rita Ghatak
Saturday, June 1st:
Caregiving Conversations About Quality of Life and Treatment Options
Dr. Ellen Brown
Saturday, August 3rd:
The Emotional Work Inherent Within Caregiving
Paula Wolfson, LCSW, Manager of Avenidas of Care Partners
Saturday, October 12th:
The Cost of Caregiving: Budgeting for Respite Resources
Kristina Lugo, Director Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center; Minda Cutcher, MBA, Director, Love and Order
Saturday, November 2nd:
How to Thrive As We Age: A Focus on Caregiver Health
Dr. Ellen Brown & Dr. Rita Ghatak
The talk will focus on physical health prevention, challenges and tips as well as discuss brain health. You will leave this session with some new tools for improving your physical and cognitive health, along with how to do customized care planning and chronic disease self-management.
Saturday, December 7th:
Caregiver Empowerment and Advocacy: Your Voice, Your Vision
Paula Wolfson, LCSW
Dr. Ellen Brown is a pioneer in developing the role of the hospice physician in the Bay Area and has provided care in the home to thousands of hospice patients in her 20 years at Pathways Hospice. She has trained countless Stanford Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics fellows.
Dr. Rita Ghatak was the CEO of Rose Kleiner’s eldercare company Older Adults Care management, after her research at Stanford. As the founder of the aging program at Stanford, and Aging 101, she focuses on caregiver research, education and care transitions.
Paula Wolfson, LCSW, is the Manager of Avenidas Care Partners and the Coordinator for The Care Forum. Paula facilitates multiple caregiver support groups, conducts elder care consults in the office and clients’ homes, and is active on the Palo Alto Age Friendly Committee.
Kristina Lugo joined Avenidas as the Rose Kleiner Center Program Director in March 2018. Bringing over 15 years of healthcare leadership, Kristina has a passion for improving the lives of seniors and dependent adults living at home, leading interdisciplinary teams to success, and developing systems that lead to improving participant outcomes. Kristina received her Masters in Social Work in 2002 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011.
Minda Cutcher is a professional daily money manager and the founder of Love and Order, her private consulting firm. She provides personal financial and bookkeeping services to individuals and helps elders and their families budget for costs of professional caregiving resources and future transitions to higher levels of care and or assisted living facility placement. She helps clients determine if frail parents will outlive their financial resources and thus pro-actively plan.
Small Group Facilitators
Linda Nastari, LCSW is a private practice therapist and elder care consultant providing services to help clients navigate the aging process. She has worked for over 30 years in the South Bay area and has presented at local conferences on Caregiving, Dementia and Its Impact on the Family.
Susan joined the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center in July 2018 as the Clinical Outreach Specialist. As a Registered Nurse, Susan has worked for over 30 years in health care in cardiac rehabilitation, cardiovascular ICU, and home health. Susan enjoys connecting with the community while providing information and education about the many benefits of participating in Adult Day Health Programs like the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center.
Sue Alvey, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 30 years of experience in guiding older adults and their family caregivers in navigating transition of aging. Facilitating family caregiver support groups for over 20 years has refined her sensitivity to the needs and experiences of those caring for loved ones. Sue’s private practice offers consultation and psychotherapy to family care partners and older adults in the context of a safe and compassionate therapeutic relationship.