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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: December 29, 2020

Virtual Workshops and On-Demand Programming from MCOA

The workshops and programs below are provided by Massachusetts Council on Aging


Virtual Workshops

Trauma Exposure and Trauma Response Workshop: A practical guide to caring for yourself and others during COVID-19

We’ve all heard that we need to put our own oxygen mask on first to care for others, but what does that mean in the context of community trauma? The impact of trauma exposure, whether we call it compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, or empathic strain, is real. However, our response to this exposure can make all the difference in our ability to weather the storm and find healing. In response to what we have heard the membership is experiencing during this stressful time, we offer this workshop, conducted by Mary Curlew of JF&CS, to give you practical tools from trauma research and treatment that we all can use to take care for ourselves while caring for others, especially older adults. After the 1 and 1/2 hour workshop session, we will spend 30 minutes brainstorming and learning how to bring Trauma Informed Services into our work practices and engagements. You must register in advance using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This workshop will be offered twice:
 
Friday, Jan 29, 2021 1:00-3:00 PM, Register for this workshop here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrd--hpj0qHtDSyOEo4qwC2ifKJ7SKM8Qd
 
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021 2:00-4:00 PM, Register for this workshop here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuc-Gppj0sG9EtP9peTecCQUzyiDRId3xI
 
MassSupport is Offering a Series of Coping Groups for Caregivers from December 16, 2020, through January 30, 2021

What to Expect?
  • A virtual group of 10-12 of your fellow caregivers
  • Guided discussion of your reactions to the pandemic
  • Strategies on coping skills and ways to manage stress

The groups provide emotional support, coping strategies, resources, and up-to-date information during the COVID-19 pandemic and are anonymous, confidential, and free. To sign up for a Coping Group call the MassSupport toll free line at 888-215-4920. Leave a message with your name, contact information (phone number and email address, if you have one), and the date and time of the group you want to attend. Sessions are offered Wednesdays at 11 AM (by Zoom) Wednesdays at 7 PM (by phone) Saturdays at 10 AM (by Zoom).

Self-Care and Self-Compassion 

7 out of 10 surveyed report that the last year has been the most challenging of their career.  Since March 2020, we've lived through a global health crisis, witnessed the economy collapse, watched the country wrestle with systemic racism, and have flipped between WFH (working from home) and RTW (returning to the work-site).  We have been tested and challenged like never before. This session invites participants to explore simple, evidence-based approaches for improved well-being. Attendees will enjoy relaxation exercises and will examine a menu of 7 strategies of self-care while living through this protected period of uncertainty and disruption.  Specifically, this session will focus on how to gather self-compassion when messages of self-doubt are frequent and loud.

Four sessions are scheduled:
Tuesday, 1/12/21, 2-3:30 PM
Thursday, 1/21/21, 1-2:30 PM
Friday, 1/22/21, 10-11:30 AM
Monday 1/25/21, 1-2:30 PM 



Intergenerational Companionship

Intergenerational Companionship During the Pandemic – In this project, the Concordium is a Harvard-based social impact venture that matches Harvard undergrads with elders from Massachusetts, based on shared interests, who engage in friendly and interesting conversations via phone once a week. Due to COVID-19, students and elders alike are feeling especially isolated and can benefit from additional social support. 


On-Demand Programming

Enjoy this free, on-demand and captioned Christmas Carol performance from Trinity Rep !

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens – Trinity Repertory Company from Providence R.I takes on the Dickens classic integrating traditional theatrical storytelling with technological possibilities only available with digital production. Make the spirit of the season come alive with a memorable holiday experience filled with hope.

Those who register will be able to watch the hour-long video anytime and as many times as they want between noon on December 17 and January 10. GREAT info to share with your hearing impaired family/friends, offering Open-Captioning. Thank you Trinity Rep!

Register for free access here https://www.trinityrep.com/show/a-christmas-carol-2020/

 

YouTube Music Therapy from Cara Brindisi. Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TpoFjNSTSo&list=PL3TD3ySXewEzK_oNWiAVSO9JYwV9SeMRx&index=5&t=826
To contact Cara Brindisi – carabrindisi@gmail.com

 

Memory Lane Videos – Mike Elliott: The Fabulous 40’s – Part 1
The Memory Lane shows were constructed as a combination of music therapy, reminiscence therapy, and cinema therapy—an interactive multimedia show described as “nostalgia on steroids”, the best of best of the pop culture in any particular year. Rare, live performances of the original artists singing the top songs of the year, the most memorable scenes from the highest grossing films, and the funniest scenes from the most popular TV shows. The specialty shows narrow the field to such performers as Sinatra and Elvis, or holidays such as Bob Hope and the USO shows (Veterans and Memorial days) and the Christmas special. 
https://vimeo.com/406979710

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