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2007 Caregiver's Conference & Expo...Two Great Events Under One Roof

2007 Caregiver's Conference & Expo...Two Great Events Under One Roof

Washington County Home Health and Washington County CARES Coalition are joining forces to bring the community a one of a kind event! This is the first year the two events, the Annual Caregiver's Conference and the Caregiving & Senior Expo, will be held collaboratively in one location to better serve the community.
The Caregiver's Conference and EXPO is a practical learning experience for anyone that is currently providing care or expects to do so in the future. The conference, designed for those who provide at home care for a family member or friend, allows for education and expanding one's knowledge of community resources.
In addition, they will learn practical tips from the experts on Technical Aspects of Caregiving; Managing Stresses of Caregiving; Navigating the Healthcare System; Communicating with healthcare providers; and numerous other topics that will address their needs at any point in their Caregiving journey. Author and former Caregiver, Bill Bugg, will be the keynote speaker addressing "Soaring Above Adversity". For many years, Bill cared for his wife, affected by Alzheimer's Disease. A panel of healthcare providers will provide a lively interactive discussion re: "The Rights of the Caregiver." More than 50 million people, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. Caregiving is no longer predominantly a women's issue. Men now make up 44% of the caregiving population. Source: National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) Random Sample Survey of Family Caregivers, Summer 2000, Unpublished.
Caregivers providing care for a family member over the age of 50 routinely underestimate the length of time they will spend as caregivers - only 46% expected to be caregivers longer than two years. In fact, the average length of time spent on caregiving was about eight years, with approximately one third of respondents providing care for 10 years or more. Source: MetLife Juggling Act Study, Balancing Caregiving with Work and the Costs of Caregiving, Met Life Mature Market Institute, November 1999. The EXPO is open to conference attendees, as well as the public. Representatives from area organizations will be available from 8am-7pm in the Atrium at Robinwood, available to answer questions regarding the services that they offer and provide FREE health screenings. Flu and pneumonia shots will be available at no charge for Medicare recipients. If a person does not have coverage, the cost is $25 for flu and $40 for pneumonia vaccines.
The cost to attend the conference is $15.00 with meals on your own through the Robin's Nest Café; the EXPO is FREE. To register, call 301-790-8907.

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