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Caregivers can learn with pampering seminar, webinar

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By The Staff

Taking care of someone you love can be a tough job. It's hard to find time for yourself.

Knowing what a hard job caregivers have, a group of organizations have come together to give you a little "Me Time."

A caregiver day of pampering is planned for Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Gilchrist Women's Club from 9 a.m. to 3  p.m. Dr. Rafael Cott, medical director for Gentiva Home Care, will be the guest speaker. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost.

There will be massages, bone density screenings, blood pressure checks, and flu shots offered. In addition, there will be games and giveaways.

The event is sponsored by Ayers Health and Rehabilitation, Gentiva Home Care, The Palms Medical Group (formally Trenton Medical Center, Inc.), Haven Hospice, Tri-County Nursing Home, BubbaQues, Comfort Keepers, Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and Hitchcock's Foodway.  The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Natasha at 493-0010 to register.

The Best Care for Your Parents: Senior Care Solutions and Potential Pitfalls is a webinar that will be offered at 7 p.m.  on Thursday, Nov. 19.  The presentation, which is offered as part of National Family Caregivers Month, is free and open to the public.

Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Florida will host the free web conference for family caregivers as part of National Family Caregivers Month.  

The web conference, “The Best Care for Your Parents: Senior Care Solutions and Potential Pitfalls,” will be co-hosted by Suzanne Mintz, President and CEO of the non-profit National Family Caregivers Association, and Home Instead Senior Care Co-Founder and CEO Paul Hogan.  This educational session is designed to help family caregivers plan for their loved ones’ care.

According to Home Instead Senior Care research, planning for care is out of sight and out of mind for half of seniors ages 65 to 75 who have not thought about their own future needs.  What’s more, nearly three-fourths of adult children, when unaided in the survey, could name no more than two of eight options available to seniors who can no longer live independently.  

Hogan, who co-authored with his wife, Lori, the new book “Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions” and Mintz will offer participants solutions and resources.  To register for the web conference, go to www.caregiverstress.com.