QUOTE OF THE DAY!
“Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does.” – Unknown
BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Social Anxiety Workbook for Work, Public & Social Life By David Shanley, PsyD
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Listen to our new Radio Shows!
Help Therapist, Patricia Young, LCSW. http://unapologeticallysensitive.libsyn.com
07-30-18-BISTalk Radio – Dr. Annette Conway https://omny.fm/shows/bistalk-radio/07-30-18-bistalk-radio-dr-annette-conway
Dr. Annette Conway, Founder & CEO, HELP Therapist joins Bob to discuss how she is a licensed clinical psychologist and business woman.
08-06-18-BISTalk Radio- Kelly Kaitson https://omny.fm/shows/bistalk-radio/08-04-18-bistalk-radio-kelly-kaitson
Kelly Kaitson, Founder, Kelly Kaitson Psychotherapy joins Bob to discuss how she is passionate about helping individuals and families reach wholeness.
Celebrating 45 Years of Service in the Community
In the early 1970s, ElderHelp was founded as Mid City Senior Enterprises in the basement of a local church. In response to the concerns of inner city citizens, a research team at the SDSU School of Social Work had conducted a needs assessment among older adults living in the community. The needs, the team learned, were vast and complex—rooted in poverty, isolation, and failing health—but the resources were limited. Mid City Senior Enterprises was the solution. In 1991, the nonprofit agency changed its name to ElderHelp of San Diego to better reflect its service offerings and foster partnerships with other community-based organizations to serve the aging community.
45 years since its inception, ElderHelp remains true to its mission: to provide personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes. As the aging landscape continues to evolve, so too does ElderHelp. We now serve over 35 zip codes across the County of San Diego and impact the lives of more than 6,500 seniors and their families each year. We achieve this through core programming—adapting to the changing needs of older adults and our community. There are no set fees for ElderHelp’s services. Services are offered on a donation-based model, allowing clients to contribute what they are able.
Care Coordination: Clients work with trained Care Coordinators to identify needs, create a network of support, connect to resources, and navigate health and wellness services. In addition, vetted volunteers are matched with clients to assist with grocery shopping, companionship, home safety assessments, and more.
Seniors A Go Go: Clients keep important medical appointments, maintain and create social connections, and receive safe, reliable transportation from trained volunteers.
HomeShare: ElderHelp’s roommate matching service connects individuals who want to share their homes with those looking for alternative housing options.
These programs are proven to decrease isolation, improve overall health and wellbeing, and contribute to economic and housing stability—addressing the needs first identified four decades ago. Over 450 community volunteers (ranging in age from 18 to 91) deliver the majority of ElderHelp’s direct services. Without this dedicated group of individuals, our work would not be possible.
Employed Family Caregiving Support: An Innovative Solution
In 2016, ElderHelp developed the Employed Family Caregiver Support Program to enhance its core programming. Through this program, ElderHelp creates relationships with local corporations to provide resources and education to employed family caregivers. One in six employees is juggling full or part-time work while providing care for an aging loved one. However, only 50% of employers recognize this situation. As caregiving responsibilities increase, employees often face unique challenges in the workplace. ElderHelp’s Employed Family Caregiver Support Program reduces employee stress and workday conflicts.
For local companies, corporations, and institutions, ElderHelp offers engaging onsite Lunch & Learns on caregiving-related topics. These presentations can be fully customized to employees’ needs and interests. We are also available to participate in employee volunteer, wellness, education, or resource expos. Additionally, we offer Corporate Philanthropy Opportunities. To learn more, please contact Kira Freeman, Corporate Education and Relations, at 858-380-5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional resources are always available to caregivers through our website: elderhelpofsandiego.org/solutions-for-living/family- caregiver. Our team of aging experts have created five, free, self- paced courses to prepare families for the journey of caregiving.These courses feature valuable materials, worksheets, and other tools to help caregivers better understand their roles. We also offer education through monthly webinars. These cover a variety of caregiver-specific topics including long-term housing options, the aging process, technology and caregiving and more. Visit our website to view archived webinars, take a course, or register for future learning opportunities.
Come Celebrate With Us On Sunday, March 10, ElderHelp will host its annual Essence of Life Awards and Charity Auction at the Southwestern Yacht Club. Every year, we celebrate the community that makes our work possible. ElderHelp will bring together friends, leaders, and government officials who value our mission. Overlooking the lovely San Diego Bay, guests enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a live auction.
The true highlight of the day is our meaningful tribute to volunteers, clients, and supportive partners. We invite you to join in this heartwarming afternoon as we come together to improve the lives of San Diego seniors and their families. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/JoinEssence19.
Looking to the Future
As the landscape of senior services continues to change and evolve, ElderHelp will remain a vital community resource for seniors and their families. Whether you are interested in our services, seeking volunteer opportunities, looking for family caregiver support, or exploring options to give back—we want to hear from you! Visit our website at elderhelpofsandiego.org or call 619-284-9281 to learn more.
WHAT’S NEW & ANNOUNCEMENT
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We accept Magellan HMO/PPO insurance.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – HELP Therapist has providers in Colorado serving our veterans.
A BIG Shout out to all of our therapists who are currently serving our heroes. Thank You for all that you do!
Welcome New Providers:
Erna Castrejan Alvarez, LMFT – No. County, Mission Valley, Hillcrest Maegan Casanova, PsY – Little Italy
Elisabeth Cullaty, LCSW – Escondido
Dr. Irvani, PsY – Orange County
Stephanie Sanders, LCSW – Poway, RB, Sorrento Valley, Coastal cities
Anna Wacks, LCSW – San Diego
Amy Waszak, LMFT – TBH only
David Shanley, Psy.D. – Colorado
SHELLE WISDOM LAZAR, LCSW
Shelle Wisdom-Lazar is a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. She is a native Southern Californian and longtime San Diego resident. She has a bio-psycho- social orientation to her practice, believing that all elements in a person’s life contribute to their overall sense of wellbeing and function. She has a versatile body of experience with an emphasis on family functioning, largely derived from her work with a therapeutic behavioral services program which focused on the needs of families of children with behavior problems. She has specialized training in issues affecting families dealing with divorce, particularly in the area of successful co-parenting. She also has extensive experience working with families affected by serious mental illness. She has a warm, directive style and works to join with her clients to help them address the challenges they face as they navigate their lives.
ELISABETH CULLATY, LCSW, MA
My desire is to offer a safe, tranquil healing space of self-discovery, and personal empowerment. I have over 26 years experience in the field of Psychology with a Masters in Social Work from Boston College, and a Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology from Harvard University. I believe that during our life journey, there are times when we all can benefit from genuinely being heard and supported in our unique struggles as we grow with life’s ever presenting changes. As a licensed clinical social worker, I specialize in EMDR working with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, chronic pain, major life changes, grief/ loss, and women’s issues. For more information on EMDR refer to the web site www.emdria.org.
STEPHANIE L. SANDERS, LCSW
Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of California who offers office and tele-therapy visits. She enjoys working with individuals and families across the lifespan, using evidence-based practices that are empowering and trauma- informed. Stephanie has
worked in a variety of community-based settings to support access to education and poverty reduction initiatives. Stephanie is committed to creating a safe therapeutic partnership to address common life stressors, including: parenting (biological, adoption and foster families), special needs and educationally related mental health services (ERMHS), financial crisis and aging issues.