Tri-City Consortium On Aging Hosts Workshop for Caregivers Featuring Top Presenters
Released: 2/5/2010
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This Workshop for Caregivers will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2010 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the South Euclid Library.
Presenting This Evening:
Scott Penwell: Scott is a caregiver for his mother and will be representing a male standpoint as increasingly more men are now assuming these responsibilities. He is the proprietor of a computer repair service, Geek Information Technologies ( so he will discuss the "tensions" that can arise when you are trying to be a caregiver and also trying to run a business.
Brigitte Schiffer: Brigitte is proprietor of Brigitte At Your Service ( which provides transportation, home health care, and other services for the elderly. She will provide tips for caregivers based on what she has learned by interacting with her clients. Ms. Schiffer also has a background as both a nurse and a lawyer.
Harriet Tramer: Harriet is the author of "Rounding The Circle of Love: Growing Up As She Grows Old" (Sonora, CA: Ladybug Press, 2009). She wrote the book utilizing both her experiences as a caregiver and her background as a journalist. The volume contains information garnered from many experts in their field.
Rounding The Circle of Love: Growing Up As She Grows Old (Sonora, CA; Ladybug Press, 2009)
You would like to keep your elder at home, figuring she will be more comfortable there. But you are wondering if you can handle the challenges that arrangement would entail. Well, this book will not provide any easy answers. How could it when there are none to be had. But it might give you some guidance as you struggle with that difficult decision.
And if you do decide that residential care is the best option for your family, it will help you tangle some challenges: How you can protect yourself from the physical exhaustion that often depletes caregivers? What precautions you should keep in mind when seeking medical care for your senior? How you can use creative outlets - story telling, art - to bond with your elder?
This book offers a good mix. It not only presents "guidelines" from "experts" in their fields but also practical advice from people who have served as caregivers.
About the Author: Harriet Tramer
Harriet Tramer has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. And she drew upon this experience as she interviewed experts in a wide range of fields - law, medicine, social work - while writing this book. Yet, her connection to care giving is also more personal. She has long been a caregiver for her mother, Frances, 96.
Barbara Mascio, founder of Senior Approved Services
"Harriet Tramer captures the family caregiver experience, highlighting both the potential pitfalls and the rewards of choosing to care for an elderly loved one at home. This is a book that you will share with your siblings, spouses, and children as your family considers the options of elder care. Referencing her own personal experience of caring for her mother, age 95, Ms. Tramer makes the case that a decision such as this ought to be made by carefully, and honestly, examining limitations, skill set, and available supportive resources."
Cleveland Women's Journal
Daniel, Barbara, "Caring for the Caregiver,"
Heights Observer
"New Book Discusses Elder Care,"
Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, BSN, Attorney
Ms. Tramer's insightful book is written from the credible perspective of a caregiver, who took her mother, in her 90's, home. On her journey, Ms. Tramer gained valuable information any caregiver can benefit from using. The book is practical and a hands-on guide for those who are providing care at home for aging loved ones.
Ms. Tramer brings to light the questions anyone should ask when considering bringing an elder home for care, rather than leaving the care to an institution. She has done her research, interviewed many experienced persons in the field of caregiving, and provided differing, and helpful perspectives from them. Providing information through interviewing experts is an effective technique. She reminds us all that caring for the caregiver is as important as caring for the elder.
She discusses the idea of "slow medicine", bringing to light the fact that our society's idea of "the best treatment" may not be what elders actually need. Respect for the aging process is paramount, rather than trying to stop the aging process, a point not found in much of the literature elsewhere. There is a good discussion on Alzheimer's Disease, and many creative approaches to managing it are outlined well.
I liked her very pragmatic discussion on how to pay for care, as well as her enlightening chapter on equipment and adaptations, both of which would serve any caregiver well. These are simple, everyday solutions to common problems.
I would have preferred to see more of a discussion of elder mediation at the end of the book, when Ms. Tramer discussed a family's conflict over an elder's care. While counseling is discussed, it is quite different from mediation, and mediation can be a more palatable alternative. The point that families may seriously disagree about how to address the needs of an elder is well taken.
In all, Ms. Tramer's brief book is filled with solid, well researched practical advice. The statistics she cites are very informative. I highly recommend it for anyone who is caring for an elder at home or who is considering this choice.
Radio Appearances:
WHKW "In The Life"
JosephBeth Books - Lyndhurst Ohio November 17, 2009
Bedford Library - Bedford, Ohio December 3. 2009
Senior Independence Adult Day Center - Painesville, Ohio January 27, 2010
Tri-City Consortium on Aging - South Euclid, Ohio March 10, 2010
North-Olmsted Senior Center - North Olmsted, Ohio June 4, 2010

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