Catholic Charities Support Services
The Albany Guardian Society Institute offers a series of educational programs that will allow you to learn more about aging-related topics. Our educational offerings are divided into the following seven broad categories:   
  • Caregiving
  • Consumer Interest
  • Housing
  • Legal
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Pre-Retirement
  • Professional Development

Detailed information on each of the programs being offered is available for your review in our Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog.  There is no charge to attend our Institute programs. Please click on the following link to view our Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog.


4th Annual Caregiver & Respite Conference
Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore

The 4th Annual Caregiver & Respite Conference will be held on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at the Easter Seals Conference Center in New Castle. As in previous years, this year's conference will feature expert speakers on a variety of topics that pertain to people who provide care for a loved one. This year's theme is "Rise Above the Challenges of Caregiving." For more Erin Warren at 302-221-2087 or email


Community Caregivers and the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association are presenting a series of monthly workshops related to memory loss. Workshops are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month continuing now through the month of May at the Guilderland Public Library at 1:00 pm. Sessions are free of charge and open to Community Caregivers' volunteers, clients, family caregivers, and the general public. The programs are scheduled to last for ninety minutes. If you wish to attend and haven't already done so, please contact Jamie Mott at the Alzheimer's Association to register: 518.867.4999 x209 or Topics include April 5 managing difficult behaviors and May 3rd Dealing with care giver stress


Kin Caregiver Support Project Offers Workshops and Presentations

The Kin Caregiver Support Project, Government Law Center, Albany Law School is now offering free clinics, workshops, and other types of presentations to caregivers and professionals anywhere in New York State.

In addition, the Project is preparing to publish county-specific kin caregiver resource guides for each county in New York State. If you have information for publication in these guides, or for more information about the Project, please contact Gerard Wallace as soon as possible at The project is a collaboration of AARP New York and The Government Law Center, with funding provided by the AARP Foundation and the New York Life Foundation.

Free Legal Representation for Caregivers in New York City from MFY's Kinship Caregiver Law Project

The Kinship Caregiver Law Project, a program of MFY Legal Services, Inc., provides free legal services for grandparents and others raising related children. The project is an innovative collaboration between MFY and over 20 well-established New York City private law firms, which provide pro bono attorneys to represent grandparents and others in custody, guardianship and adoption proceedings in Court.

Grandparents and other kin caregivers who reside in the five boroughs of New York City and need legal help may contact MFY's Kinship Caregiver Law Project on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. - 4:00 pm by calling 212-417-3774. The project also conducts free training on legal issues affecting kinship caregivers to both caregivers and social service workers. Groups interested in training should call 212-417-3774. For more information on MFY, visit


Monthly Open Discussion Elder Caregiving Groups for people caring for someone over 60:

Every Month!

2nd Wednesday of Each Month
6:00 – 7:15 pm
Christ the King Church
20 Sumter Avenue (Guilderland), Albany, NY 12203 Refreshments Provided

3rd Thursday of Each Month
12:00 – 1:15 pm
St. John’s & St. Joseph’s Parish House
50 Herrick Street
Rensselaer, N.Y. 12144

Tuesdays January 29, Feb. 26, March 26, April 30
6:00 - 7:15 pm
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061 Refreshments Provide

RSVP to Mary Moller, MSW at 518-449-2001 ext 120 or for all of the above meetings

Kinship Caregiving Support Groups

1st Wednesday of the Month:  Schenectady Daytime Support Group - St. Luke’s from 11-12:30 p.m.

3rd Thursday of the Month: Schenectady morning group from 9:30-10:30, Location TBA

2nd Wednesday of the Month:  Albany Daytime Support Group -100 Slingerland St. from 11-12:30 p.m.

4th Tuesday of the Month: Albany evening group from 6:30-8:00 pm at Trinity Alliance, Trinity St. Albany, NY

2nd Tuesday of the Month: Troy Support Group - Sunnyside Center from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

***Please note, RSVP’s (449-2001) are greatly appreciated so that we can adequately prepare materials and refreshments.  Thank you!

ph. 518-346-1852 ext 1 • fax: 518-381-9110 • 107 Nott Terrace, Schenectady NY 12308
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