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Program offers caregivers knowledge, information Managing medications, end of life decisions among talking points

(Athens, OH – 4.12.13) As 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., at 740-593-1356.

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 Medicine

Refreshments provided by Kimes Nursing and Rehab Center

May 21, 2013

Managing Medications: Organizing, safety, disposal and use of herbal and over the counter medications

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 Center, Marietta

Gay Dalzell, RMT, Music Therapist, Arcadia Valley Skilled Nursing & Rehab and Kimes Convalescent Center
Refreshments provide by The Lindley Inn

 
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