Jun 01

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Making Space for Your Needs as a Caregiver

Just a few days before the 126th running of the Boston Marathon, Springwell’s Caregiver Specialist, Carly Conole and Dr. Katherine King, PsyD., a psychologist who helps older adults and their families, hosted family caregivers for a virtual workshop. The topic was universal human needs and how caregivers can meet their own needs even when there […]

May 09

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Creative Solutions Make Caregiving Easier

Evelyn and Ray, longtime residents of Newton, have been married for 36 years. About four years ago, Evelyn noticed subtle differences in Ray that turned out to be the onset of dementia. Recently retired, Ray had worked until he was 80. He and Evelyn were active in their community and longtime supporters of many organizations […]

Apr 14

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When I am facing a problem, I call Springwell

Martha, a resident of Watertown, doesn’t remember when or how she first heard about Springwell but says that when she is facing a problem, she calls her Springwell Care Advisor, Kayla, and together they figure out how to solve the problem. As older adults, Martha and her husband have faced the challenges that go along […]

Feb 07

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Remember candy hearts? Let the sweet conversations flow this February

February is all about hearts! The observance of American Heart Month focuses on heart health, but hearts also abound with celebrating Valentine’s Day. While it is associated with romantic love, Valentine’s Day also sparks expressions of love for family and friends. In our opinion, it is valuable to take every opportunity to let family and […]

Jan 24

wife and husband, Debbie and Robert at home supported by Elder Independence fund

The Partnership between a Caregiver and their Loved One

In Valerie Feurich’s blog post, Caregiver vs. Care Partner: Why You Need to Know the Difference, she notes that “When you go from being a caregiver to being a care partner, your entire approach and the way you see the person in your care is likely to shift.” Feurich goes on to say: “Instead of […]

Jan 10

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What is on your 2022 bucket list?

A new calendar year is when many of us think about how we want to be spending our time. Resolutions are common and those tend to be things we believe we should do to improve ourselves: lose weight, exercise, stop smoking and more. While important, we are proposing that in addition to resolutions, caregivers and […]

Nov 09

Caregivers Support Each Other and Discuss Anticipatory Grief

Providing or arranging for the care of someone else, can be complicated logistically, physically, and emotionally. Caregivers benefit from support that helps them make informed decisions, solve problems, reduce stress, and maintain overall physical and emotional health. As part of that assistance, Springwell’s Caregiver Support Program periodically offers events for caregivers. Recently, the Springwell Caregiver Support […]

Nov 02

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How can Springwell’s Caregiver Notebook help you?

Caregivers often juggle a wealth of information to closely manage the wellbeing of a loved one. During both the routine and the unpredictable challenges that inevitably come up, it is helpful to have that information easily accessible. Springwell designed a Caregiver’s Notebook that will help you stay organized and simplify record keeping. The notebook is available […]

Aug 09

Public Hearing Announced: 2022 – 2025 Area Plan on Aging

As a federally-designated Area Agency on Aging, Springwell is charged with creating an Area Plan every four years for the towns of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. Springwell will be holding a public hearing about services for older adults and family caregivers.  The purpose of the hearing is to gather feedback [...]

Jul 14

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The Art of Conversation with Older Adults

Humans are social beings. Even if one is considered an introvert, we all need and crave interaction and connection. “Conversations are supposed to be fun. They involve personal interactions between two or more people about something of interest. But many people worry about having conversations. They are concerned that they won’t be able to keep […]