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(Mid-Peninsula) Challenges in Care Giving with Older Adults

  • Friday, May 17, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU (1.5 CEUS)

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Presenter:  Paula Wolfson, LCSW

Description:  This presentation will specify the financial and emotional challenges of being a primary family caregiver in Santa Clara County, strategies for self-care, and resources for support. We will review key components in the social work assessment phase, best practices for helping clients pro-actively plan for changes in a loved one's health, and for social work support in helping client's set boundaries, cultivate empathy and resilience.

Learning Objectives: Participants will:

  1. Identify key components of a social work "caregiver-client" psychosocial assessment.
  2. Understand the critical importance and components of pro-active legal, financial, and health care plans for helping clients cope with change and or crisis: cognitive and functional decline, navigating transitions in care (home to ER, hospitalization, discharge to rehab, SNF, assisted or memory care, home, palliative or hospice care.)
  3. Learn about the emotional work inherent within caregiving. Social work strategies for helping clients minimize stress while cultivating empathy, resilience, and impactful communication skills such as used in validation therapy with frail, loved ones.
About the Presenter: 
Paula Wolfson LCSW is the Manager for the Avendas Care Partners, Avenidas Senior Center and Resources for Positive Aging in Palo Alto. She has over 30 years of professional expertise in medical and mental health social work intervention, elder care consultations, patient care ethics and advocacy, conflict resolution, crisis intervention and community organization. In her work, she partners with the Stanford University Institute on Longevity, Stanford University Medical School Community Health Advocacy Project and Alzheimer Association. Prior to her current work, Paula was a medical-surgical social work clinician at Stanford University Hospital.


The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements. 

CEU INFORMATION: 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs - members earn credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 admission and an additional $15 for CEUs ($25)


Virginia Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com 
Joan Berman | berman.joan@gmail.com

All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or Call 650-460-9210.

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