Navigating Caring for Aging Parents

Sundays - 10:15 am

Navigating Caring for Aging Parents
Taught by Right Care Ministry
Sundays February 4 – March 10
10:15 am in the Room 203

Caring for our parents can be one of the most challenging things we will ever do. Every situation is unique. Different disease processes, different resources, different medical opinions. Different relationships amongst siblings. Different opinions about what needs to happen. Different levels of desire to help parents. Different life circumstances. Different fears and hopes. These are just a few examples of things that can lead to incredibly challenging and stressful situations that we are seldom, if ever, properly equipped to deal with.

You are not alone! Our SJD RightCare Ministry is here to help support you in your journey. A trained group of parishioners, health care professionals, clinicians, and expert volunteers can help you with the complicated choices that present with aging parents. As adult children, we want to honor their wishes while keeping them safe. RightCare Ministry stands ready to help.

Many of us on the RightCare Ministry team have advanced training in dealing with these challenges and have walked this journey with our own parents and with others. In our upcoming series of Sunday presentations, we will cover a variety of topics and share with you a few scenarios of the types of challenges we see and also introduce you to different caregiving styles we see with adult children. And yes, solutions are available!

We want to encourage all "sandwich generation" and adult children of aging parents to attend.

February 4 - Understanding the Challenges that are Coming
IF you have an aging loved one, come to this class!

This class offers an insightful understanding of the key challenges and solutions necessary for seniors to age successfully. The six-week series gives clear overviews of the challenges seniors and their adult children can face, and likely will face, and the leading solution for each one of them. With intriguing and salient case studies from the community, check out why we have received overwhelming praise from senior members and their adult children in churches around the country.

February 11 - How to be SAFE when Aging
Quit letting bad things happen to Mom and Dad!

This lecture is based on 12 years of research with over 32,000 seniors who had unsafe occurrences. What if you could prevent over 70% of the bad things that can happen with aging? Come find out how! Our talk gives a clear understanding and solutions for preventing injuries and their consequences for frail, functionally disabled, or seemingly healthy, independent seniors.

February 18 - The Keys to Managing Medical Conditions While We Age
IF your parents take medications, come to this class!

This interactive lecture, with triple-board certified and Fellow, Dr. Kurt Merkelz, will give leading understanding and solutions to make sure your loved one is using the 7 key strategies to best manage their chronic illnesses.

Dr. Kirk Merkelz - RIGHTCARE Senior board member, Health Care Division

Kurt Merkelz, M.D., is senior vice president and chief medical officer of Compassus, a provider of hospice, home health, and infusion therapy services across the US. Throughout his career, Merkelz has focused on caring for older adults. His perseverance in raising industry benchmarks for quality hospice care earned him the Compassus R. Sean Morrison, M.D., Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hospice Physician Leadership. He is currently serving a third term as co-chair for the National Quality Forum (NQF)’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) post-acute workgroup. Dr. Merkelz's pioneering work in standardized care delivery garnered Compassus national recognition by NQF in 2020. He serves on several national organization committees including AAHPM, AMDA, and NHPCO. Dr. Merkelz is triple-board certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, family practice, and geriatrics.

February 25 Having the Best Life Possible While We Age
IF you want your parents to live their best life while aging, come to this class!

This interactive lecture introduces nine years of research into understanding and maximizing Quality of Life as we age. The discussion explores the meaning of Quality of Life for seniors and effective approaches to increase meaningful engagements and its effects on Quality of Life. The discussion materials and handouts equip seniors to implement their own programs and significantly impact the quality and health of their own lives.

March 3 - How to Deal with Caregiver Burden
IF you are going to have to help take care of anyone, come to this class!

Higher life expectancy and the number of chronic illnesses have resulted in a dramatic increase in the burden placed on a patient’s family and loved ones. This interactive lecture introduces families to new understandings of the burden of care, its effects on caregivers and seniors, and most importantly, the 16 things that can be done to help manage this potentially catastrophic condition.

Mar. 17 - Putting A Legal Plan in Place
IF you are helping your parents organize their estate, come to this class!

We will have several parishioners available to discuss options for estate and health care planning, the necessary paperwork to have completed NOW, and steps to take if you haven’t done that yet.

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