AUG 26: Free conference for family caregivers

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The largest, longest-run free caregiver conference in Central Texas, the annual event helps to ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources.

AGE of Central Texas and the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area are again partnering this year for the 16th Annual “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference on Saturday, August 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin. The free seminar includes keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and community resources to support family members who are caring for a senior adult.

The largest, longest-run free caregiver conference in Central Texas, the annual event helps to ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources. The attendees will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with other caregivers and local experts on aging. The day also includes workshops on topics related to caregiving, with experts available for questions.

This year’s conference features Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN, who is the CEO and Founder of Partners on the Path, LLC. A nurse for 40 years and family caregiver for 20, she has created research-based, resilience-building resources to help caregivers remain productive while working, and compassionate while caring. Jane is a skilled consultant, educator, author, group facilitator, and public speaker who has consulted with more than 150 organizations and presented more than 3,000 workshops and keynote addresses, nationwide.

New this year will be an added emphasis on additional breakout sessions aimed at helping family caregivers navigate the issues and challenges of their journey. Topics will include:
– Synchronization of Medications
– The Resilient Caregiver
– Addressing Difficult Behaviors Associated with Dementia
– Financing Long-Term Care
– How to Discuss “The Driving Issue” with Your Older Family Members

Registration for the “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference is free, and includes all presentations, breakout sessions, and lunch. Participants must pre-register by visiting http://tinyurl.com/SABCC2017. Registration is now open and space is limited.

Free respite will also be available at the AGE of Central Texas Adult Day Health Center, located at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin. Requests for respite care must be made by calling (512) 600-9275 by Wednesday, August 23rd.

 

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