Blog > Workshops with Sarah Jewett, MA – Gerontological Psychology

Posted March 11, 2020

It was Andy Rooney who said, “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” In our society, independence is at the top of the priority list of values; and to be independent, one works, makes money, raises a family, etc. But as we age, it gets more difficult to drive at night, our bones crack when we stand up, and learning new things just doesn’t seem quite as easy. Suddenly, getting old is a hindrance, not the road to living a long life.
Loss isn’t just about independence – it can be about property, possessions, purpose, memories, routines, loved ones or even personality. And these things don’t just happen to those our society labels “senior citizens.” They will happen to all of us, and will play a role in the lives of our loved ones as well. With that in mind, isn’t being prepared the best possible action you could take?
Would you want to stop reading just because you have trouble seeing the print? Would you want to stop visiting with friends because you are having trouble hearing everything they are saying? Would you want to be forced out of your home because you need a little help with cooking? Would you want to surrender your ability to decide what is best for you? Would you want a stranger to decide how much you should suffer? Would you want someone else to determine the moment your life should end? If your answer to any of these questions is a resounding No!, then come learn about some ways to make certain your wishes are followed, even if you are unable to voice them.

We will discuss adaptations and devices that compensate for some of the inconvenient impairments mentioned above, spend time looking at a variety of activities (technology included) intended to focus on keeping the mind “sharp,” provide information about services available as care needs change, including the relatively new “Village” model, offer explanations and paperwork for putting your advanced directives in writing, and talk about loss, death, and dying. The topics may be a bit heavy, but aren’t you worth it? Shouldn’t you be able to call the shots in your own life?
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday Workshops for Seniors
“Maintaining Your Best Brain!”
Saturday, April 4, 2020 10:00 – 11:00 am, For Adults
“Tough Decisions: Options for Extra Care of a Loved One as Health Needs Change”
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday Workshops for Seniors
“Decisions, Decisions! Care Options Your Changing Health Needs
Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:00 – 11:00 am, For Adults
“Making Life Easier for Your Loved One Navigating Health Changes”
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday Workshops for Seniors
“Making the Troublesome Tasks Easier!”