Caregiving for the Sandwich Generation
The “sandwiched” caregiver must care for their own immediate family while also providing unpaid assistance and support to family members who are either older adults and/or adults with disabilities. It can be a stressful and difficult position.
Caregivers often report high rates of depression and anxiety, because their personal activities and social life are restricted and they feel powerless to control their own life as well as make significant changes for the person they are caring for. The result is that caregivers’ own mental and physical health becomes compromised.
Learn to care for yourself and you loved ones in a more manageable way.
This course will give caregivers the tools they need to care for themselves while providing support to a loved one. The two-part course focuses on relationships, self care, and resources for caregivers. Participants will learn strategies for:
- Maintaining and strengthening your relationships when caregiving
- Self-care and emotional management
- Coping with the varied and demanding roles
- Accessing community resources
This course will also assist caregivers in getting all paperwork and documentation in place to help make medical and other end-of-life decisions for the family member in need. This course will provide many opportunities for discussion.
Session 1: Lifetime Relationships: Changes for Adult Children and their Aging Caregiver Parent
Learn to recognize how caregiving affects relationships among family members. Explore what has changed and what has stayed the same. Discover what your role may be in making end-of-life decisions with and for your loved one. Also learn to be an effective caregiver through self-care strategies.
Session 2: Tools for Talking: Strengthening Later-Life Caregiving Relationships
Build learning and listening skills for addressing changing needs in later life. How do you start the conversation with your loved one? Develop the skills to say what you mean and hear what they say. Gather tips for talking about trying topics to build consensus for decisions and document those decisions. You will receive a “workbook” you can use at home to document these conversations. You will also become more aware of community resources.
The cost for the two-part program is $59 with a $10 discount for UW Oshkosh alumni, faculty and staff. There are limited scholarships available. Please contact Julie Kiefer, Program Manager, for more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 424-3106
Christine Armstrong is a business professional with expertise in the areas of: Advocacy, Coaching, Adult Learning Theory, Organizational Development, Classroom Training & Facilitation, Blended Learning, and Skill Assessment. Ms. Armstrong has a degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as over ten years of experience in corporate development.
She also holds numerous certifications in Health Care Advocacy, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Coaching, True Colors, Global Leadership, Career Development, and Process Improvement.
UW-Oshkosh, Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement (LLCE) is providing a variety of other “Keep Educating Yourself” (KEY) opportunities, and classes start soon! UWO alumni, faculty, and staff receive a $10 discount. Visit the website for more information or to register for any of these classes: www.uwosh.edu/go/key-programs.