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CASE celebrates 25 years at Caring and the Caregiver Conference

by jmaloni

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Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:45 am

The Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly will hold its 25th annual Spring Professional Networking Conference, "Caring and the Caregiver," on Wednesday, May 14, at 9 a.m. The conference will feature information on the important role of caregiving and how professionals can help support family caregivers. The event also includes a continental breakfast, professional resource fair, buffet lunch, door prizes and networking opportunities.

CASE is a coalition of agencies, organizations and individuals whose mission is to provide community resource education and networking opportunities to enhance services for the aging in Niagara County. Established in 1989, this year marks the 25th anniversary for CASE. To commemorate the milestone, this year's conference is being held at the Four Points Sheraton in Niagara Falls for a nominal registration fee of $20 per person. Organizers will also provide a special anniversary gift to the first 100 paid registrants.

Keynote speaker for the conference is Jennifer Rutberg of Albany. Rutberg joined the United Hospital Fund in 2009 and serves as senior program manager for the "Families and Health Care Project," which advances public and professional understanding of the crucial role of family caregivers in the health care system. She has co-directed a multi-provider collaborative, "The Transitions in Care - Quality Improvement Collaborative," which brought together 40 teams of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers and home care and hospice agencies to improve patient care, as well as family and staff satisfaction. She also manages the fund's "Next Step in Care" website, which provides guides and tools to health care providers and family caregivers to help them work more effectively together.

Presenter Paula Diliberto of Adult Protective Service has been trained to work with persons with hoarding problems, as well as direct the family members on how and where to seek help.

Lisa Thorpe from Erie County Medical Center runs the safe driving assessment for seniors program. She will discuss how professionals can help families determine when it's the right time to stop driving.

The "Caring and the Caregiver" conference is recommended for professionals who work with the aging population, including social workers, community service providers, and health and community care professionals. For more information and to register, contact Barbara Jacobs at [email protected] or call 716-433-3381. Registrations can also be mailed, with payment made payable to CASE, to Barbara Jacobs, Pine Apartments, 6231 Tonawanda Creek Road, Lockport, NY 14094.

For more information about CASE and a conference registration form, visit www.caseniagara.com.

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