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

Overcome the Help Hurdle: Manage Reluctance with Care and Compassion

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3015 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Chandi Deitmer, L.I.C.S.W.; Care Advisor, Care@Work Adult and Senior Care Advising

Your aging loved ones are living at home and having trouble getting around. You’re concerned but have come up with a great care plan to support them. There’s only one problem—they won’t accept help from you or anyone else. What now? This seminar will provide:

  • Reasons your loved ones may be reluctant to accept care
  • Strategies on how to partner with, and support, your loved ones while honoring their autonomy
  • Trustworthy resources and tips on how to present them to your ambivalent loved ones

Medicare ABCs (and Ds): Everything You Need to Know

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Francine Kollias, B.A.; Social Security Consultant and Educator

Medicare A B C really ain’t so easy as 1 2 3. In fact, the process of choosing and applying for Medicare can feel like a big old helping of alphabet soup. This course will give you a better understanding of Medicare and answer questions such as:

  • What is Medicare?
  • Why do I need Medicare?
  • When, how, and where do I apply for Medicare?
  • What is the cost of Medicare?
  • How can I make Medicare work for me?

You will also learn, from an MIT Retirement expert, about the specific health insurance options available to MIT employees at retirement.

Understanding the Legal Landscape of Aging

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute For Integrative Cancer Research)

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 the Right Care Providers for Your Loved Ones (Webinar)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presenter: Care@Work Adult and Senior Care Advising

If you’re a family caregiver, you may be making decisions without enough information to get it right. For example, if your mother needs help at home, where do you go to find the best care? How can you hire a caregiver with the right skills and personal touch? Perhaps your father wants to downsize and move to a senior care community. How can you help him manage this life transition and find an appropriate setting? Researching care options can be time-consuming and confusing. In addition, one size does not fit all. It’s important to choose a care provider that best meets the needs of your loved one, knowing that those needs may change down the road.