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Caregivers invited to county conference

By Staff | Oct 29, 2009

WAILUKU — The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Office on Aging, announced that its eighth annual Caregivers’ Conference will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Maui Beach Hotel from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The conference is centered around the theme of “Caring for Family… Caring for Ourselves.”

Conference keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Harding will discuss the impacts of the current “age wave” in his address entitled “Surviving the Silver Tsunami.”

Maui County Councilwoman Jo Anne Johnson will provide luncheon remarks.

Educational breakout sessions are geared toward improving the lives of family caregivers.

“Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” will be presented by Elaine Slavinsky and Kathleen Couch, “Dining with Dignity… Optimizing Nutritional Care for Persons with Dementia” will be facilitated by Saundra Gaskey, and “Resources for Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren” will help grandparents access services and navigate the school and medical systems.

In addition to the workshops, conferees will be treated to mini-massages, a tea ceremony, mini-flower pot creations and door prizes.

Caregivers are invited to register for the conference by calling 270-7755. Cost to attend is $10 for seniors and $20 for professionals, which includes lunch, materials and educational sessions. Scholarships are available.

For more information, call Norma Circle at 270-7755.