Caregiver Conference Provides Training for Family and In-Home Care Providers

On June 1, 2015, caregivers from across the region have an opportunity to hear Wendy Lustbader, author and nationally known speaker on caregiving and aging issues, talk about how to keep hearts open and spirits up.

Lustbader is the keynote speaker at Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care, an annual one-day conference sponsored by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Disability Resources, with the support of numerous community organizations. The conference will take place at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila).

Caregivers can choose from 16 workshops and visit over 40 exhibitors with resource information about products and services that assist caregivers in Washington State. Caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with agency representatives and learn where and how they can get the help they need. A sample of workshop topics includes:

  • Care strategies for behaviors associated with dementia
  • Legal and financial issues in caregiving
  • Back injury prevention
  • Difficult emotions like anger and guilt
  • Easy and effective relaxation techniques
  • The change in role from spouse to caregiver
  • Reducing the risk of falls

This conference is intended for caregivers including:

  • Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives)
  • Home care workers and adult day services staff
  • Adult family home or assisted living staff
  • Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

The early registration fee (by May 13) is $30 for individual caregivers, and $50 for agency-based caregivers. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits.

Registration forms will be available in April. To request a brochure and registration materials, call 360-725-2544 (toll-free 800-422-3263) or visit the conference webpage (click here). Space is limited, so don’t delay!