Mountain View Senior Center
266 Escuela Avenue
Mountain View,CA 94040
It’s Complicated: Strategies for Success
Do you care for an aging loved one? Attend the Avenidas Caregiver Conference for helpful information and support. Lunch is provided, as well as free specialty coffees from a mobile cart. Tour the nearby Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center by arrangement.
Enjoy Peets coffee and talk to leading industry vendors.
Amy Yotopoulos, Avenidas President & CEO
Dave Iverson will discuss his book Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, an Aging Son and Life’s Final Journey.
Morning Breakout Session
Choose between Session 1 and Session 2 (see below)
Delicious box lunch and time to visit with table vendors.
Afternoon Breakout Session
Choose between Session 3 and Session 4 (see below)
Share your story, try out a custom beverage from the specialty coffee cart, and enjoy a cookie.
Facilitated by Jenn Chan
Dave Iverson will discuss his book Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, an Aging Son and Life’s Final Journey. Q & A follows.
Session 1: Proactive Planning and Considerations for Changes and Transitions
Emily Nagaonkar, MSW, Director of Health and Social Services, Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center
This session will discuss transition points–and the medical, legal, and financial considerations–to help you customize your caregiver checklist. You will receive tools and strategies for having conversations and making decisions.
Session 2: Don’t Go It Alone: Supporting Your Mental Health
Roland Hsu, LCSW, Stanford University
Learn the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and when it’s critical to seek professional help, caregiver support groups, resources for respite, and best practices for self-care.
Session 3: Caregiver Support
Dave Iverson and Paula Wolfson, LCSW, Manage, Avenidas Care Partners
Facilitators will encourage participants to share challenges, strategies, resources, and tips within a group discussion.
Session 4: Strategies for Safety and Fall Prevention
Milena Matzinger and Erinna Poon, OT
Best practices for fall prevention and sustaining safety in the home. For those caring for a loved one who has mobility issues, sensory loss, who may have a history of frequent visits to the ER, or who refuses to use a cane or walker.
Journalist, Author, Caregiver
The keynote speaker is NPR and PBS journalist Dave Iverson, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, at the same time he became the caregiver for his mother.
“Being a caregiver means you experience anger and joy, loss and love, usually when exhausted and often on the same day,” Iverson reports. “But it is a choice I’d make again!”