19th Annual Caregivers’ Conference

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Family and professional caregivers, social workers, nurses and others can get information and access resources at the 19th annual Caregivers’ Conference set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has once again teamed up with organizations and facilities to provide a day filled with useful and educational materials for both informal caregivers and professionals in the field. Topics will provide caregivers with information and  practical tools.

During workshop sessions, speakers will discuss the impact of caregiving and its challenges, sexuality and aging, caregiver emotions, Veterans Administration benefits, heredity and dementia, planning for aging and dealing with issues, hospice philosophy, and redesigning long-term care. A workshop has been arranged just for men and their concerns in caring for a spouse or parents. A virtual dementia tour will be offered again this year to help caregivers know what care recipients are living daily.

Sponsors include Morningside House at Friendship, Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Lifeline Program, and Home Instead Senior Care. The Alzheimer’s Association, Active Day Care Centers of Annapolis and Pasadena, Gero-Resources LLC, and Somerford Place of Annapolis are conference supporters.

Free respite care is being offered by Active Day Center of Pasadena (410-255-2879) and Active Day Center of Annapolis (410-573-9100). Call no later than April 5 for  reservations.

The $10 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch as well as materials, speakers, and vendor presentations. Social work continuing education units are an additional $10. Registration should be made by April 4 at www.aacounty.org/aging under the Caregiving section; by calling 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043; or by stopping by the county Department of Aging and Disabilities, 2666 Riva Road, Fourth Floor, Annapolis.

Anyone needing accommodations must contact Mary Chaput, director of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, at 410-222-4464, Ext. 3045, or by e-mail at [email protected] at least seven days in advance of the event. TTY users can call via Maryland Relay 711. All materials will be available in alternative formats upon request.

Source: Dept. of Aging

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Category: Events, LIFE IN THE AREA, Seniors

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