Resources for life’s challenges

Career Life Services in the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity produces two e-newsletters that describe resources and upcoming programs available at Cornell and in the Tompkins County area focused on parenting, child care and elder/caregiver concerns and other life challenges. The newsletters are available through the websites noted below.

The January 2013 issue of the monthly Elder/Caregiver News lists:

• such on-campus programs as Employee Celebration, the Soup and Hope series, Project Generations, Al-Anon on Campus and the Legacy Project

• wellbeing and caregiver support programs on LGBT aging, senior housing, advanced care planning, in-home care and hospice

• wellness programs such as cooking classes, the six-week Living Healthy Tompkins for those with an ongoing health condition, and the healthy aging exercise classes, offered by Cornell’s Wellness Program

• other resources such as Cornell physical education classes; the Cornell Family Helper List; and the Cornell offices and programs geared to Cornell retirees and professors emeriti.

It also lists community activities such as those offered by Lifelong’s Northside/Southside Program celebrations of Black History Month; programs offered to help with grief and bereavement, Medicare, Alzheimers, or tax preparation; opportunities to volunteer in the community; and available support groups.

The January 2013 issue of the bi-weekly Cornell Parent E-Newsletter focuses on such activities as:

• the Cornell Child Care Center’s Parent Series of workshops

• book readings at the Lab of Ornithology,

• programs at the Cornell Plantations,

• Cornell Cooperative Extension workshops and programs

• hands-on projects at Mama Goose, a snowman building contest in Dryden, school winter breaks camp, playtime at the library and a mother/daughter book club

• links to the Cass Park Ice Skating Rink, Sciencenter, Museum of the Earth, State Theatre Family Services, the Ithaca YMCA, lessons in yoga, dance or figure skating, and an open family swim at TC3 to provide activities for the winter months, and

• community workshops and support groups for parents who are separating or divorcing, grandparents raising grandchildren, parents of seriously or chronically ill children, friends and family of those with eating disorders, and those dealing with substance abuse, thoughts of suicide or child sexual abuse.

Where to find the newsletters:

The monthly elder/caregiver newsletter, as well as other resources and programs, can be found at: https://www.hr.cornell.edu/life/support/adult_caregiving.html. You can also subscribe to an electronic e-mail list to receive the newsletter as well as other relevant information. If you would like to subscribe to the elder e-list, elder-l, send an e-mail message to elder-l-request@cornell.edu. The text of the message should read: JOIN.

The biweekly parents newsletter, along with information on adoption assistance, the Cornell Child Care Center, the Child Care Grant Program, the dependent care consultant, lactation/breastfeeding support information and news on the local area schools, can be found on the Child Care and Parenting page at: https://www.hr.cornell.edu/life/support/child_care.html. A number of e-lists are also available; see https://www.hr.cornell.edu/life/connections/elists.html.

For more information on any of the topics above, or if you don’t know just where to start, contact Eileen McCoy Whang, Cornell’s Dependent Care Consultant, at 255-1917 or emw76@cornell.edu.