Help dealing with aging parents

Trinity Baptist Church is again offering its ‘FUEL’ seminars for winter 2011. 

Trinity Baptist Church is again offering its ‘FUEL’ seminars for winter 2011. 

These seminars cover a variety of topics that are offered to assist people of all ages.  

Anyone is welcome to attend, not just members of Trinity Baptist Church, located on Springfield Road in Kelowna.

The seminars will be held on Wednesday evenings until March 9. 

The evening starts with a supper from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., followed by the seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  

There is no charge for the seminars while the supper is $6/person. 

I will be the presenter for one of these seminars, titled The Sandwich Generation.

It is estimated that adult children will spend 18 years caring for their aging parents.

If the families have never been faced with the situation of an aging parent, then they have no reason to know what needs to be done.

The seminars are designed to provide basic information to families with aging parents. 

The information will help the families understand what needs to be done to assist their parents through the transition period when the seniors can no longer live at home. 

Being able to get questions answered helps reduce the stress on families.

Other topics to be covered by the seminars include terminology, required paperwork, change in transportation requirements, possible emergencies and how to deal with them, downsizing and moving from the seniors’ home, required insurance, and death, grief and funerals. 

A list of resources will be provided. 

There is a lot of confusion with the terminology used. Everyone needs to be referring to the same thing to ensure that the seniors receive the support and care that they require. 

There is important legal paperwork that needs to be completed.

When seniors can no longer live at home, many questions need to be asked and decisions made. This is a new and confusing territory for most families. 

My seminar can help to give families guidance on how to make the transition as easy and meaningful as possible for all involved.

The focus will be on answering the questions of the families attending that evening. 

The questions asked by other families usually makes the others aware of an aspect that they too need to consider. 

I will be staying after the course to confer about individual questions. 

It is advisable to register prior to the class so that the correct number of handouts are ready.

To register or for further information contact Trinity Baptist Church at 250-860-3273 or

Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for

seniors in Kelowna.