SUMMIT, NJ - New York Times bestselling author and Ph.D. Michael Thompson will be featured in live Zoom event on February 9 entitled 'How to be a Grandparent During the Pandemic'. The free event begins at 4 p.m.

While Facetime and Zoom allow for face to face communication, the technology can feel awkward and unsatisfying to older adults. Thompson will discuss this and the stress of being separated from families, the yearning to be in touch, and the unique difficulties grandparents are experiencing during COVID-19. He will also share alternative modes of connecting that can help.

“Grandparents are missing their grandchildren; grandchildren want to see their grandparents, and the parents in the middle are missing the support and connection across the generations,” said Thompson, who himself is a grandparent of three. 

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Thompson is the author or coauthor of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys as well as Best Friends / Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, The Pressured Child and Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow. He also works as a clinical psychologist and school consultant. He is presently the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA, and has worked in over 700 schools in the U.S., Asia, Africa Europe and Central America.  \

“We are excited for SAGE to offer this very informative program,” said Nina Tiger, Coordinator of Your Decisions Matter. “We know the difficulty older adults are facing during this unprecedented time and one of the biggest issues they are voicing is that they miss their grandchildren terribly. We’re hopeful this program will offer them helpful solutions.”

To register, visit bit.ly/SAGEEldercare. For more information or help using ZOOM contact yourdecisionsmatter@sageeldercare.org or call 908-598-5511.

Funded by Atlantic Health Systems' Chilton and Overlook Medical Centers' Community Advisory Boards, Your Decisions Matter is a community initiative whose goal is to encourage families to talk with their loved ones about end-of-life care and decision making,

Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves amazing places to age.  The nonprofit organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible. For more information, call 908-273-5550 or visit sageeldercare.org.