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Erie County Senior Services, partners to host caregiver workshop and resource day


Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 07:00 am

"Caregiver: This Day is For You!" targeted toward caregivers of aging adults, memory impaired individuals

The Erie County Department of Senior Services and community partners, including the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center and the Erie County Caregiver Coalition, will host a free caregiver workshop and resource event from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Millennium Airport Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

"Caregiver: This Day is for You!" is a workshop and resource day that will be free and open to the public. Aimed at helping caregivers of aging adults and memory-impaired individuals, the event will feature local field experts volunteering their time to host 15 workshops throughout the day that will cover a wide variety of topics, including activities for those with dementia, dealing with challenging behaviors, legal/financial issues, managing caregiver feelings and discussing wishes for end-of-life care.

In addition, Dr. Kenneth Garbarino, a geriatric specialist at the Geriatric Center of Western New York, will host a presentation during the lunch hour where he will discuss the impact of the aging process on memory and the importance of caregivers being mindful of their own health.

Studies have shown anxiety, depression and anger may affect those who are caring for an aged parent or incapacitated spouse, and these emotions can cloud decision-making and impact the health of the caregiver.

The workshops offered during the event is designed to help caregivers learn ways to reduce stress and make everyday chores easier.

Supervision and activities for memory-impaired adults will be available during the workshop. Attendees must register by Tuesday, Nov. 3, either by calling 716-858-2177 or emailing [email protected].

For more information about the free caregiver workshop and resource day, visit http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices or call 716-858-8526.

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