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Caregiver Workshops

If you’re caring for a loved one, you have your hands full. That’s why the Area Agency on Aging is here to provide information, refer you to helpful resources, or schedule a free in-person assessment to identify your needs and explore your options. In addition, we also offer free monthly caregiving seminars. Join our Zoom conversations from the comfort and safety of your home while learning how to balance the responsibilities of caregiving. Enroll in a session below.

August

What have you done for YOU lately?

Description: Family caregivers selflessly devote their time and energy to making life better for their loved one.  All too often a caregiver will prioritize others’ needs over their own.  Despite their good intentions, caregivers unintentionally take on too much responsibility and put their own health and well-being at risk.  Join us for this interactive discussion on how to set limits/boundaries and recognize the importance of prioritizing self-care.  Register today … do it for YOU!

Presenter: Kelli Davis, BA, MBA, has worked for over 20 years providing education and resources to seniors and caregivers in the Miami Valley.  She has a bachelor’s degree in human development and is certified as a Master Trainer in the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program.

Registration Deadline is August 18.   This is a small group discussion and the number of caregiver participants is limited.  Click on REGISTER below to reserve your spot today.  Not familiar with Zoom?  Join a brief orientation session at 12:30 p.m., before the presentation begins.

Date: August 25, 2020

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location:
Zoom link to be provided upon confirmation of registration.

September

Who Ruffles Your Feathers?

Description:  Do you ever wonder if your loved one is from another planet?  How irritated do you get when others just don’t do it “right” and will not see that your way is best?  Do you get frustrated that others cannot understand the daily difficulties you face as a caregiver?  The interactions that you have with family members, health care personnel, and all professionals involved in the care of your loved one can be so much more difficult when we process things differently.  The knowledge we have about the brain, and its natural tendency towards having a “dominance” suggests that by understanding these intricacies we each can assume a new perspective on our role as family caregiver, the people we care for, and the elements that create stress in our lives.

Presenter:  Marcella Balin, RN, BSN, is a highly regarded educator and presenter.  She is an independent nurse entrepreneur and lecturer with 40 years of experience developing and presenting a rich variety of educational programs.  She is a certified Brain Dominance Practitioner with the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument since 1993, and is a very energetic and dynamic speaker.

Registration Deadline:  September 17.  Click on REGISTER below to reserve your spot today.  Not familiar with Zoom?  Join a brief orientation session at 10:00 a.m., before the presentation begins.

Date: September 24, 2020

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location:
Zoom link to be provided upon confirmation of registration.

October

LGBT Elders and their Caregivers: Thriving in a Challenging World

Description:  LGBT older adults are at increased risk for isolation and harm due to misunderstanding, discrimination and bias about sexual orientation and gender identity.  Family caregiving takes on additional facets in the LGBT community because most older LGBT people do not have children and some are alienated from their families of origin and may have non-traditional networks of caregivers.  The risk can be greater for those who identify as transgender or HIV+.  Family caregivers must have a solid basic understanding of sexual minorities and gender diversity in order to deliver appropriate care for each individual.  Likewise, LGBT caregivers can often be outside the traditional family structures, and their expectations and needs also must be respected as they advocate for their loved ones.  This session will provide basic education about sexual orientation and gender identity, highlight some of the different issues that older LGBT adults face, and explore unique LGBT caregiver situations and experiences.

Presenter:  Jerry Mallicoat is the co-founder of Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, the only organization in southwest Ohio devoted exclusively to serving older LGBTQ adults; and he leads LGBTQ Health Initiatives for Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.  He regularly conducts LGBTQ cultural competence education sessions for a variety of audiences across the Miami Valley, and leads community coalitions to plan and implement successful education conferences and seminars.

Registration Deadline:  October 20.  Click on REGISTER below to reserve your spot today.  Not familiar with Zoom?  Join a brief orientation session at 1:30 p.m., before the presentation begins.

Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Zoom link to be provided upon confirmation of registration.

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