'Plan Now: Caregiving Your Parent' program being broadcast on TV30's Channel 28 this week

30-minute-long show offers help for those caring for parent or ill spouse

How do you start planning when your elderly parents are in need of support/care? What resources are available?

"Plan Now: Caregiving your Parent," produced by Tri-Valley Community TV, provides answers to help individuals plan for and navigate their way through the challenging task of caregiving their parent. The show is part of an educational series.

The episode currently being broadcast on TV28 features Carol Bush and Luz Maria Saldana, case managers from the nonprofit organization Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. They answer questions about how to deal with current situations and also how to start planning.

They also address such issues as how far in advance should you talk about to your parents about their plans and what do you say? What types of services might your parent be eligible to receive? What is financial Power of Attorney? What do you do when you don't know where to turn?

"Plan Now is targeted toward someone in the sandwich generation caring for elderly parents on one end and children on the other," said Rosemary Young, board member, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. "What sort of questions may arise and where do you start looking for answers? This show helps provide a vision about planning for lives in transit."

"Being a caregiver for your aging parent can sneak up on you," said TV28 Executive Director Melissa Tench-Stevens. "It can be an overwhelming, scary experience. This program provides invaluable information to help viewers start planning to be a caregiver for their parent or ill spouse.

"The program also supports caregivers who were not planning on taking that path in their lives but have fallen into it and now don't know where to turn," she continued.

"Plan Now: Caregiving for Your Parents," which is 30 minutes long, is scheduled to air on Channel 28 at the following times:

6 p.m. Mondays

1 p.m. Wednesdays

8 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturdays

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is an independent, nonprofit agency serving seniors over 60 in the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

"Caregiving Your Parent"

"They also address such issues as how far in advance should you talk about to your parents about their plans and what do you say?"

"Plan Now is targeted toward someone"

"Being a caregiver for your aging parent can sneak up on you,"

They care about the elderly, but they abuse language.


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Posted by T.S.
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

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Posted by Cindy
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Stacy at From the Heart Senior Living Options was a tremendous help for our family when we needed to move our Mom who is very active socially and mentally, but has a lot of physical needs. There are a lot of senior communities out there and Stacy knew exactly which ones were a good fit for Mom and would deliver what they promised. If questions came up, she promptly called the community and got answers. She taught us the importance of the "two person assist". And licensing. Stacy narrowed our search - a HUGE help.

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