This week, the Lincolnland Area Agency on Aging will hold its 13th Annual Conference for Caregivers on Saturday, August 13th at The Northfield Inn Conference Center in Springfield Ill from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. In addition to lectures and lunch, there will be exhibit booths from various supportive services for caregivers. This event has been financially self-sustaining despite Illinois’ budget problems. Register through the Lincolnland Area Agency on Aging; 217-77-9234 or 1-800-2523-2918. We hope you can attend. Your $20 registration fee will be refunded to you on the day of the conference.
Why hold such a conference? The Caregiving in the US, 2015 conducted a detailed analysis…”more than 8 in 10 who cared for some one 50+ say they could use more information on help on caregiving topics …keeping their loved one safe at home (43%) [and] …managing their stress (42%).” Is it any wonder? As caregiving duties become heavier, the time for socializing, worship and even personal time gets shorter. When caregivers get together it demonstrates to each other that they are not alone.
This conference will have information sessions on topics such as: Caregiver Stress Relief, Advanced Care Planning, Understanding/ Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, Get Physical-Activity & Health, Advanced Planning for End-of-Life Rituals; a Caregiver’s Perspective, and Spirituality in Caregiving. This Conference allows caregivers to benefit from experts’ and others experiences; why reinvent the wheel?
This conference also reaches out to grandparents raising grandchildren who find they are caregivers; again. There are special topics for the unique needs of relatives raising children such as Nutrition- Balancing Diet and Treats and much more. When other people find themselves in the parental role it means major adjustments in their lives. For example, grandparents are older and may have their own health problems.
Join the conference and visit Senior Sidekicks exhibit booth; we’re here for you!