Never Too Late - January 2022


Finding Meaning and Hope is designed for full-time, part-time, or long-distance informal caregivers of loved ones with dementia or other conditions where the care recipient is physically present but psychologically absent. The term coined by Dr. Boss to describe this is “ambiguous loss.” It gives a name to the caregivers’ ongoing experience of loss and grief. The video series is the basis for structured weekly conversations led by a trained facilitator from the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), Family Caregiver Support Program, to help equip caregivers with tools to reduce stress and build resilience. A 20-minute video with Dr. Boss and Family caregivers is shared at each class followed by discussion on the topic in the video. Here are the topics of what will be discussed. Week 1 – The Ambiguous Loss of Dementia: How Absence and Presence Coexist Week 2 – The Complications of Both Loss and Grief Week 3 – Stress, Coping, and Resiliency Week 4 – The Myth of Closure Week 5 – The Psychological Family Week 6 – Family Rituals, Celebrations, and Gatherings Week 7 – Seven Guidelines for the Journey, Part I Week 8 – Seven Guidelines for the Journey, Part II Week 9 – Delicious Ambiguity Week 10 – The Good-Enough Relationship These classes are offered in a safe and confidential environment in which to share, develop friendships and build support for being a resilient caregiver. Register through Eventbrite at For more information or to register in person, contact Deb Waring at PCOA 520-790-7573 ext 3407, Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Join a group of fellow caregivers as we discuss the complexities of ongoing loss associated with caring for someone with dementia and what to do about it. You will learn skills to help you stay strong, healthy, resilient, and positive so you can navigate the journey with healing and hope. This discussion series features videos based on the groundbreaking book, Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., the nation’s leading expert on caregiver grief. Finding Meaning and Hope Video Discussion Series Details: Where: The Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center 600 S Country Club Rd., Tucson, 85716 When: Wednesdays, January 5 through March 9* Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

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*Event subject to change due to health precautions. See page 29 for details.

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