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PSA’s created by MLRC
Produced by award winning Massachusetts Videographer Melanie Perkins in collaboration with the MLRC, this series of PSA’s highlights Massachuestts Family Caregivers speaking on the rewards and challenges of caregiving as well as the need for respite
The first Video was premiered on November 2, 2015 at the Massachusetts State House as part of an event recognizing National Family Caregiver Month. Five Innovative Respite Programs were honored at this event
Our sincere thanks and gratitude to the caregivers interviewed here.
Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves (Cable TV Show for and about caregivers)
A monthly Cable TV show recorded at Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont, MA
Watch a highlight reel of MLRC’s Cable show, Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves here
We have wrapped up our 2017-2017 taping year, Please check back after our summer hiatus to see what topics we will cover in the fall.
Please join us as our panelist, Family Caregivers discuss what happens “after” caregiving, when the care recipient has passed away or moved to residential care. After so much of their time having been dedicated to caregiving, how does the caregiver re-define themselves and build is new phase of life? Panelist include Joan Spence, a retired teacher with 4 certifications to teach in Ma. Joan was the primary caregiver for my husband who had Parkinson’s disease for 25 years. He died in 2011. They were happily married for 59 years, and Deborah Dill a writer who cared for her mother with memory loss. Deborah’s mother passed away in April or 2016.
(recorded April 4, 2017)
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
A panel discussion on the topic of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, the issues they face and the resources to address this issue. Panelist include Colleen Pritoni , Program Coordinator of the Commission of the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Lourie August, Social Worker from the Arlington Council on Aging who facilitates their Grandparents raising Grandchildren support group., and Cindy, a grandmother raising her grandson.
(Video link coming soon).
Dementia Friendly Communities
Join us for a special first of a 2-part edition of Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves where we hear from a panel of community stakeholders from diverse communities across Massachusetts about how they are becoming age- and dementia friendly — growing collaboration across sectors to support older individuals and their families in the most creative and innovative ways! Panel to include Ginny Mazur, MA, LMHC, ATR, Ginny Mazur is the Community Partnership Director at Goddard House. Trained in theater, as a counselor and as an inter-modal expressive arts therapist, she worked in the field of mental health for over a decade before launching a career in aging services at Goddard House 20 years ago. She supervises expressive therapy graduate interns and has taught as adjunct faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Ginny is active in numerous arts and media projects, including those that support arts access for people with neuro-cognitive and physical disabilities., and Christine Alessandro,Executive Director at BayPath Elder Services
(Video link coming soon)
about a husband coming to terms with his wives Alzheimer’s Disease.
Emerging Technologies: New Frontiers in Caregiver Supports.
Join us as we explore the role technology plays in supporting caregivers as they struggle to maintain work-life balance while creating quality of life for all involved. We will hear from a panel of innovators in the technology and caregiver support industries about the wide range of available and emerging technology that is changing the life of caregivers.
Video link coming soon
Taped Tuesday, November 8 at the Belmont Media Center
Guest panelists, Annette Nicolas, Marjie Sokoll, and Joan Ruffels, explore the spiritual dimension of respite and the caregiver experience. Often ignored with our society’s emphasis on physical and mental health, the spiritual aspect of our caregiving experience also requires nurturing and support to sustain us as spiritually healthy beings. This show’s panel will share their expertise in pastoral care, yoga, Reiki, and other healing practices as together we explore how we can support ourselves and others in more holistic caregiving.
Recorded Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Belmont Media Center
Host Emily Kearns leads a discussion on the role art can play in healing.
Barbara Bourgeois joins us to discuss her role as a family caregiver in the recent play iloveyouiloveyouIloveyoutoo , a music drama written and directed by Alan O’Hare by and presented by Elizabeth Seton Residence and Life Story Theatre.Barbara Bourgeois
Barbara Bourgeois has been acting in and around the Boston area for over 30 years. Some of her favorite roles include Jenny in“A Murder of Crows” with Quannapowitt Players, Abby in “Arsenic and Old Lace” with Spotlight Playhouse and Betty in “The Foreigner” with Acting Out Theater. She has also been seen in film, TV commercials and training videos.
Audrey Albert King DMT, CMA, MA in Dance education. Audrey has been working in various school systems throughout her life as a dance educator and now as a Dance/movement therapist. She is passionate about providing mental health care to those in need. Audrey also works in the memory unit at an assisted living facility in Brookline, MA, where she adores her clients. She has presented at several conferences. Most of her workshops focus on the use of movement and poetry. Audrey is also a certified Nia instructor. Audrey also facilitates at Memory Cafes — gatherings for individuals living with memory challenges and their families and caregivers providing food and fun in a normal, cafe environment. Audrey facilitates joy and connection through movement, song, and poetry providing nourishing fun and respite for all cafe participant
Recorded at the Belmont Media Center on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Crafting Service Innovations: a Meeting with Caregiving Movers and Shakers
Recorded at the Belmont Media Center, 7 Lexington Street, Belmont, MA, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
A memory café is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. Memory cafés meet at a variety of places including coffeehouses, museums, or community organizations.
Each memory café is different. Some cafés invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. But all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other’s company, and to explore something new.
Recorded at the Belmont Media Center, 7 Lexington St, Belmont . February 2016
Join our studio audience in exploring caregiving as a crucible that has the potential to transform ourselves and our communities — but only when we identify resources that help support and nourish us along the journey. What types of meaningful breaks, or respite, works for you? What type of respite do you envision our communities developing to better support our caregivers? This taped televised session will be an opportunity for us to hear about one caregiver’s experience and how it changed her life — as well as hear from one another about growing a stronger and more supportive community — a village with a magnificent web of supports for caregivers caring for others, young and old!
Recorded live in front of a studio audience at Belmont Media Center, 7 Lexington St, Belmont. Nov 2015
MLRC featured on other shows
EMC TV: Stacey Hammerlind, Project Coordinator, and Emily Kearns, Consultant, on EMC TV at their Cargiver Day. Recorded 12/03/15.
Senior Scene: Amy Nazaire, Project Director, on Senior Scene hosted by Ann Hartsen speaking on Lifespan Respite. Recorded 11/21/11