Program offers caregivers knowledge, information
Managing medications, end of life decisions among talking points
(Athens, OH – 4.12.13)
the population age 65 and older continues to increase, some experts
predict that within 20 years more than 20 percent of the population
will be over 65. As a result, more and more people will find
themselves in the role of a caregiver.
Caregivers provide basic care to children, long-term sick adults and
to those who cannot live independently for an array of reasons.
They may take care of parents, spouses, friends, or children with
special medical needs. Most often caregivers are family members who
shop for food, cook, clean, pay bills, administer medicine, assist
with basic tasks such as going to the toilet, bathing, dressing and
eating. Caregivers also provide companionship, emotional and
sometimes even financial support.
Often, caregivers find themselves facing issues and questions they
may feel unprepared to address or answer.
Although each caregiver’s circumstance is unique, most caregivers
share this in common: feeling isolated or ill-prepared to take on
the caregiver role. Many times, the caregivers themselves need their
own assistance in dealing with their own lives in addition to caring
for someone else.
During the month of May, the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) Department of Geriatric
Medicine/Gerontology will offer its annual Caregiver Series,
“Caregiving to yourself and others as you age,” to support
caregivers by addressing common issues and questions. Past programs
can have helped community members become more knowledgeable about
their caregiver roles and connect with others in similar situations.
Presentations will be held each Tuesday evening during May at the
Athens Public Library at 30 Home Street in Athens. The series is
free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Refreshments and socializing will begin each presentation at 6 p.m.,
followed by an hour-long presentations beginning at 7:15, and
concluding with refreshments and socializing until 7:30 p.m. For
information about the series, call 740-593-2266.
Respite care (in-home coverage) is available on a limited basis. For
information about the respite care, contact Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D.,
This year’s topics and presenters include:
May 7, 2013
Getting Your Ducks in Order:
Planning for the future
Mindy Clayton, planner, Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8
Joan L. Stroh, M.Ed., PCC, LSW Counselor/Social Worker
Refreshments provided by The Laurels of Athens.
May 14, 2013
End of Life Decisions:
Pain control, when death nears, involving children/grandchildren,
home vs. residential care
Cynthia Kuttner, M.D., Chair, OU-HCOM Department of Geriatric
Refreshments provided by Kimes Nursing and Rehab Center
May 21, 2013
Organizing, safety, disposal and use of herbal and over the counter
Sarah Adkins, Pharm. D., BCACP
Refreshments provided by Hickory Creek Nursing Center
May 28, 2013
Music, Memory and Mood:
Music’s influence on memory and dementia, anxiety and agitation
Celia Hollander Lewis, MT-BC, Activity Therapist, Senior Psychiatric
Gay Dalzell, RMT, Music Therapist, Arcadia Valley Skilled Nursing &
Rehab and Kimes Convalescent Center
Refreshments provide by The Lindley Inn