Monday, March 30, 2009

Fayette: Free Caregiver Conference – You Are Not Alone

One of the most difficult aspects of being a family caregiver is the feeling of isolation as you, and your loved one, struggle with a debilitating illness. One of the most comforting things a caregiver can hear is “you are not alone’ but quite often caregivers feel so overwhelmed that they don’t know where to turn for help.

To address these challenges, Fayette Senior Services will host a Caregivers Conference on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at their Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville. Attendees will hear from experts in the field of aging who will share valuable tips on how to ease the stress of caregiving. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for check-in followed by the conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to all registrants courtesy of Wesley Woods Newnan-Peachtree City.

To register, call 770-461-0813. You must pre-register for the event by April 15, 2009.

Guests will hear from a panel of distinguished experts including, Beverly Fochtman, CSA (Certified Senior Advisor) Home Instead Senior Care; Mary Lynn Kirby, J.D., Kirby, Palmer, Farrell, Nix; Albert Capogrossi, CR,CGR,CAPS,CGP, Concept Creators; Ann Garzia, Owner/Director, Sarah’s Adult Day Services; Nathalie White-Faulkner, Director of Marketing, Towne Club of Peachtree City; Ellen Werner, M.Ed./Owner, The Alzheimer’s Store; Mark L. Warner, AIA/Author, The Complete Guide to Alzheimer's-Proofing Your Home and In Search of the Alzheimer's Wanderer; Linda, Pirog, M.Ed/Owner, Senior Helpers, Peachtree City; Mary Ann Neureiter, Owner, Cambridge House Adult Day Care Center; Mary Lou Vergara, M.Div., ARC Area Agency on Aging; Nell Robinson, Case Manager, Center for the Visually Impaired; Susan Landais, MS Gerontology, Program and Operations Manager, Fayette Senior Services, Inc.; and Suzanne Chrispen, LCSW, Case Management Supervisor, Fayette Senior Services, Inc.

The panel will address a wide variety of relevant topics that include: The importance of early diagnosis, tips on how to create a safe and user friendly environment for people with disabilities, information on community support for in-home services, community respite options through adult day care, senior housing options from independent to full support, how to care for yourself while you care for others, and spiritual perspectives on your caregiver journey.

Respite care will be available at Sarah Adult Day Care, 286 Highway 138 in Riverdale and at Cambridge House Enrichment Center, 2687 Highway 154 in Newnan. The cost for a full day of respite is just $20 and you may register for respite care when you register for the conference.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for Nursing Home Administrators and Social Workers for an administrative fee of $10.

For more information contact Susan Landais, Fayette Senior Services ( 770-461-0813 ext. 115.
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