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We Need to Talk: Issues for caregivers, getting support and knowing local resources
Monday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
October 7, 2019
This is a six part series about issues that older adults face as they age. Topics include making your home age-friendly, simple home repairs, caregiver support and options for other living arrangements. Expert presenters will include time for your questions. Following is a list of the specific topics still to be offered:
➢ Monday, Oct 7: Issues for Caregivers: getting support and knowing local resources— Heidi Gehman and Sandy Divine
People can be called upon to be caregivers at any age and in a variety of circumstances. Sometimes it’s for an elderly parent, or a sibling with a disabling condition. Sometimes it’s a neighbor or friend who doesn’t have anyone to help out. Caregiving can be short-term—simply helping a friend recovering from a surgery, or a longer-term support to help a family member stay in their home.
Caregiving is rewarding and satisfying, serving an important role in helping maintain quality of life. But it can also be isolating and stressful. There are resources in our valley for caregivers in all kinds of situations, but often they are not aware of what is available. This session will serve as an introduction to local resources as well as how to get support for this important role. Our presenters, Heidi Gehman and Sandy Divine will share their wealth of experience and knowledge about caregiver issues in a lively and informative way.
Heidi serves as the Senior and Disability Services (SDS) Direct Services Programs Supervisor at Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG). Before joining SDS, she taught philosophy and ethics at an immersive college program on the Greensprings outside of Ashland.
Sandy serves as a Senior and Disability Services Service Coordinator and Lead for Family Caregiver Support programs at Rogue Valley Council of Governments. She is trained in the Teepa Snow dementia support program called Positive Approach to Care, teaches and runs Powerful Tools for Caregiver classes, and coordinates respite care for caregivers. She has been with RVCOG for over 17 years.
➢ Monday, Oct 21: Enhancing an independent lifestyle with technology—Jim and Maureen Jarrard
➢ Monday, Nov 4: Dealing with Dementia—Sean Connolly
➢ Monday, Nov 18: Your Housing Options – Navigating Future Choices – Dr.Laura O’Bryon
Dates: Every other Monday beginning on September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4 and November 18. A $5.00 donation to JCC is suggested for the each session. Financial assistance is available to those for whom the fee would be a hardship.