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60 Years of Service: Compassion

September 15, 2016

In celebration of North Shore Senior Center’s 60 Years of Service, we’d like to take the time each month in our blog to introduce you to a staff member that is making a difference for the better, in the lives of the people we serve. Without their dedication and hard work we would not be able to continue our mission enriching the lives of older adults and their families.

For the past 12 years, Lauretta Hart has worked tirelessly as a Caregiver Specialist with family caregivers of older adults to help improve the quality of life of both the caregiver (many of whom are older adults themselves) and the individual for whom he or she provides care. “Through our two support groups in Skokie and Evanston, caregivers are able to openly discuss their own difficulties in a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere,” she said. Lauretta also conducts one-on-one counseling sessions in which caregivers can receive individual attention, express their concerns, receive support and learn about other resources available to them.

In addition to the monthly support groups, twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall), Lauretta, along with Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick, hosts a six-week class on Powerful Tools for Caregivers. “Through Powerful Tools, we incorporate interactive lessons, discussions, and brainstorming for caregivers to take as tools, and to put into action for their own lives.” Topics in the educational series include how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance life with caregiving, make tough decisions and more.

“Since January, we’ve seen a rise in the number of caregivers attending our groups, especially on a more regular basis. There are a lot more caregivers these days and more of them are looking for support groups like the ones we offer through North Shore Senior Center.”