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Older Adult Task Force’s The Living Room Series:: Free Caregiving Seminar for Adults 50+

 The Life Long Learning Older Adult Task Force, a consortium of over 35 local organizations, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, is presenting another seminar in its series on key issues relevant to adults 50 plus. The seminars are an expansion of The Living Room Series provided by the Santa Monica Public Library last year, and will be held monthly from January to April at the Main Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 

The four innovative seminars address key issues pertaining to life transitions and care giving, with speakers who are local and national experts. The next in the series, Resources for Coping with Caregiver Challenges: Partnering for Support, will be held on Thursday, February 25th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. Estee Bienstock, RN and Bunni Dybnis, MFT, local experts on caregiving and in-home services for older adults, will lead the seminar.

The remaining two seminars are as follows:

Managing the Emotional Chaos and Crises of Caregiving, Saturday, March 27th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This presentation will address the variety of emotions and crises faced by caregivers of adults with dementia and/or physical health challenges, and highlights ways to ensure caregiver wellness. Speakers are Judith Delaney, MFT, Opica Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Association, and Nicole Feingold, MA, Alzheimer’s Association.

Who Will I Be When I Grow Up? Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This dynamic and interactive workshop will assist participants in exploring purpose, creativity, and joy in later life as a way to express a unique “living legacy”. Workshop facilitator is Doug Kaback, MFA, playwright, director, actor and CSUN faculty.

More information is available about the City of Santa Monica’s 50+ & Senor Programs at www.smgov.net/hsd/senior and the Public Library’s programs for seniors at www.smpl.org/depts/pub/seniors.htm.

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