Caring for Aging Parents

... What Worries You the Most?

Mom seems much more forgetful. Dad's having trouble getting around, and your siblings don't want to talk about it. In the face of family changes caused by aging, disease, or other life circumstances, the questions can be worrisome, and the answers hard to find. These seminars offer an opportunity to share your concerns, and gain the practical information you need to make the plans and provide the support that will work best for you and your loved ones.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center

Who Will Take Care of Me? Plan Ahead for Your Later Years

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: E25-401 (MIT Medical)

Presenter: Jody GastfriendL.I.C.S.W.; Vice President, Senior Care Services,

One of the many unforeseen challenges of caregiving is confronting our own mortality and wondering, “After all I’ve done to care for mom and dad, who will now take care of me?” The good news: You don’t have to answer this question on your own! This seminar will cover:

  • Ways to enhance well-being, independence, and social connection as you age
  • Resources such as livable communities, in-home supports, and assistive technology
  • Costs of long-term care
  • Steps you should take now to enhance your future quality of life

Understanding the Legal Landscape of Aging

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences) 

Presenter: Patricia C. D’Agostino, J.D.; Partner, Margolis & Bloom, LLP

This seminar will help you understand a range of services and resources that are available to elder caregivers. It will provide you with the tools to help you in the planning, assessment, and implementation of care for your loved ones with a focus on the timing, mechanics, and legal issues involved. We will cover everything from Medicaid to your rights as a caregiver. Attorney Patricia C. D'Agostino will help debunk common myths and clarify the rules of coverage to help you better navigate the legal landscape of aging.

Individual or Family Senior Care Consultations

A licensed Geriatric Social Worker will be available two days a month for free, in-person consultations by appointment at the MIT Work-Life Center. Appointments are available between 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

These individual and family consultations can be focused on any issues you are facing in regard to caring for an aging family member or finding care for yourself. Personalized, professional advice and support about how to plan for your short-term and long-term care needs will be provided. In the consultation, you will receive information and guidance about types of service providers, associated costs, and available benefits, as well as caregiving tips and helpful resources.


Choosing Quality Senior Care

These monthly introductory discussions are designed specifically for those who are currently caring for an aging parent, or those who may be doing so in the future and are interested in planning ahead. You will learn about:

  • Different housing and care options for seniors
  • Costs of various types of senior care
  • How to find and evaluate your senior care options
  • MIT benefits that can help support your aging loved one

Choosing Quality Senior Care sessions, which are open to the entire MIT community, are held monthly from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000.


Important Resources for Family Caregivers (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As family caregivers, we are often confronted with a confusing array of choices. How can you sort out the various senior living arrangements, in-home services, and care options, so you can determine what's best for your loved one? How do you find the right support for yourself so you can handle your caregiving responsibilities along with everything else? Learn about the long-term care landscape, including resources and costs, so that you can be an informed and proactive caregiver.


Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Caregiving Challenges and Strategies (Webinar)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

There are more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer's disease, and more than 15 million family caregivers who help them in the U.S. Within the next 10 years, that number is projected to increase by 40 percent. This webinar will review the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, and signs your loved one may have the disease. Despite the devastating nature of Alzheimer's disease, there are supports out there that can make a difference and help you continue to connect with your Mom or Dad. Learn about caregiving strategies and types of care that can improve the quality of life for both you and your parent.


Maximizing Quality of Life as You Age (Webinar)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Whether retirement seems far away or just around the corner, it's important to maximize quality of life as we age. In order to do that, it's helpful to consider how best to enhance well-being, independence, and social connection. This webinar will cover topics such as livable communities, in-home supports, technology resources, and the cost of long-term care.