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I hope you’ve had some moments of peace in this holiday season, however you honor the mid-winter, and whatever your personal situation. I know it can be a busy time for healing and helping professionals, and a stressful time for family caregivers. It can be a lonely time for many, and a sad time for those who are grieving.

We’ve been working to offer some resources and support in the last few months, and have some more events coming up that I wanted to let you in on.

Care Partner Connection: Office Hours continues to grow and we want to thank those of you who have been first to join our free online community. It’s a great way for us to stay connected and share resources, and I think you’ll be amazed at some of the things we have planned for the new year.

In November, we were happy to provide a workshop for Ithaca’s 25th Annual Depression Conference, “When Elder Care Hurts: How to Listen when Depression Symptoms are Speaking.” We promised to put that talk, along with some enhanced handouts, on the Care Partner Connection: Office Hours site, and that will happen soon!

By the way, the keynote speaker for that conference was Kevin Hines, and he was a powerhouse who shared the amazing story of how he survived a suicide jump from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and how the experience changed his life. Check him out at http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/bio

Soon after my Thanksgiving message, we hosted our first winter seminar, “Nurturing Peace & Meaning during the Holiday Season: a Virtual Mini-Retreat for Care Partners,” and our “Virtual Candle-Lighting Ceremony, to Remember our Children who have Died,” which we held in Conjunction with The Compassionate Friends World-Wide Candle-Lighting on the evening of December 9th. We are grateful for those who participated in those events, and for their patience as we learned some new technology!

Then it seems the world took a big breath… and paused for a long holiday season… bringing us to today, the first day of 2019.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the best in the new year.

Here are some things that are coming up in the next few days and weeks:

  • Trauma-Informed & Trauma-Responsive Care: Best Practices for Human Services Organizations

Lisa will be conducting this 90-minute workshop for the Tompkins County Human Services Coalition Forum on Wednesday, January 9th, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Tompkins County Public Library Borg-Warner Room. Free and open to the public.

  • “Just the Winter Blues? Facts and Myths about Seasonal Affective Disorder.”

Lisa is guest speaker for this webinar for the South Central Regional Library Council on Friday, February 15th, at 10:00 a.m.  

Free, but please register at  https://scrlc.org/events/view/6054

  • “When Elder Care Hurts: The Q.U.I.C.K. Map to Preserve Your Peace, Save Your Sanity, and Find the Right Path for Your Caregiving Journey.” 

This is an in-depth online course for family caregivers with a family history of trauma, abuse, or neglect (starts 2/15). Please watch this space for more information.

  • I’m also working on something exciting with The Eden Alternative® for later this winter, so please keep your eyes and ears open! We’ll be keeping you in the loop.
  • Care Partner Connection: Office Hours

If you haven’t joined yet, sign up now for this ongoing community where we will share resources, support, encouragement, and deeper conversation about well-being for every member of the care partner team. It’s also your best way to stay connected with everything that’s happening.

That’s it for now; you can see there’s a lot going on. Our classes will be starting again soon at Ithaca College, and I can’t wait to meet the new students who will be taking Fieldwork in Gerontology. I had such an amazing group for the fall semester, the time just flew by.

I hope the new year brings you Peace and Joy. Please let us know how we can support you as you care for yourself, and care for others!

All my best,

Lisa K.

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