Making an Impact May 2022 Human Development and Relationships

  • The Wise Wisconsin Virtual Learning Series offered six sessions in 2022. The series covered topics on advanced directives, retirement transitions, reframing aging, compassion resilience, strategies to re-energize for health and well-being, and preparing for the growing season. The end-of-session evaluations show that 95% of respondents indicated they would use at least one skill they learned. In addition to that, 84% of respondents indicated that as a result of the program they felt more connected to others and 83% felt they now had the resources to be more connected to others. Evaluation results show that we are meeting the outcome of increasing social connection with the Wise Wisconsin program.
  • A 7-session course that helps adults of all ages to make end-of-life financial, healthcare, and final wishes decisions in order to reduce the stress experienced by survivors and to ensure that their wishes are honored.
  • A monthly program for family caregivers where participants develop sustainable self-care behaviors in order to maintain their personal physical and emotional well-being through practicing self-care techniques and accessing local resources.
  • A series of bi-monthly planning meetings for the Family Caregivers Coalition steering committee where we develop quarterly education, quarterly newsletters, support groups, retreats, and caregiver cafes for family caregivers.
  • A series of e-mail communications for community partners where they learn about parenting, relationships, family caregiving, finances, and well-being so that they can share the latest resources with their clients. The purpose of this effort is to improve parenting skills, support their family caregiving role and improve their financial skills and their personal well-being.
  • Virtual sessions for older adults, where participants learned about compassion, ageism, retirement, health, advance directives, and gardening. The goal of the series was to build individual resiliency, spark joy, increase satisfaction in life and provide an opportunity for social connection.