Writing for Caregivers: A workshop led by Diane Cameron

When an independent spouse or parent needs a little or a lot of help with daily living, we often are unprepared for it. The transition from independence to dependence for those needing care — and for those providing care — can trigger conflicting emotions and stress.

For parents and adult children, providing care and accepting support may be an opportunity to reconnect after many years apart in adult life. However, it’s not easy. And, it’s a journey unique to each of us; therefore, family caregivers and those on the receiving end of help often find that writing about their experiences is very meaningful.

With that in mind, Community Caregivers invites interested individuals to register for an upcoming Writing Workshop for Caregivers. This event is also open to Community Caregivers’ volunteers who serve others in the community.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Normanskill Room at the Guilderland Public Library at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Light refreshments will be provided.

The workshop leader is an award-winning author, columnist, and teacher Diane Cameron. Diane also has also been a family caregiver herself and once directed the Community Caregivers. She loves to help new writers begin their work. We are pleased that Diane has graciously offered to share her time and talent with us.

This fun and hands-on writing workshop will help you tell your own story or the story of a person you love. You can keep it or share as a gift to your family. You may also intend it for publication. In case you are wondering, you do not share your writing with others during the workshop.

Pens and paper will be provided. Registration is required, and we ask that you let us know you are attending no later than Monday, March 5. Again, please let us know if you would like to attend. Call 518-456-2898 to register or email me at

Community Caregivers Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides non-medical services including transportation and caregiver support at no charge to residents of Guilderland, Bethlehem, Altamont, New Scotland, Berne, Knox, and the city of Albany through a strong volunteer pool of dedicated individuals with a desire to assist their neighbors.

Our funding is derived in part from the Albany County Department for Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging, and the United States Administration on Aging. To find out more about our services, as well as volunteer opportunities, please visit www.communitycaregivers.org or call us at 518-456-2898.

Editor’s note: Linda Miller is the Outreach and Education coordinator for Community Caregivers.