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Program offers caregivers knowledge, information

As the population age 65 and older continues to increase – some experts predict that those over 65 will represent more than 20 percent of the population within 20 years – more and more people find themselves in the role of a caregiver.

Caregivers are people who take care of other adults, often parents or spouses, 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.  

During the month of May, the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology will offer its annual Caregiver Series at the Athens Public Library, with support from the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center. Besides OU-COM, sponsors for the series include the Athens Public Library, the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center, and the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The annual series addresses concerns and issues faced by caregivers of all ages and circumstances. Although each caregiver’s circumstance is unique, most caregivers share one common thread: feeling isolated or ill-prepared to take on the caregiver role.

This program can help caregivers become more knowledgeable and connect with others in similar situations. Presentations will be held each Tuesday evening in May at the Athens Public Library at 30 Home Street in Athens.

Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. with the hour-long presentations beginning at 6:15 p.m., followed by more socializing and refreshments until 7:30 p.m. The series is free and open to the public. For information about the series, call 593-2266.

Respite care (in-home coverage) is available on a limited basis. For information about the respite care, contact Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., director of the OU School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, at 593-1356. 

This year’s topics and presenters include:

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2011

            “Ergonomics and Independent Living”

            Diana Schwerha, Ph.D.

            OU Russ College of Engineering & Technology

            (Refreshments provided by Hickory Creek Nursing Center) 

  • Tuesday, May10

 “How to Dean with Disruptive Behavior”

Joan Stroh, L.P.C.C., L.S. W.

Private practice

(Refreshments provided by The Lindley Inn)

  • Tuesday, May 17

“Staying in Motion: Preventing Falls”

David Russ, Ph.D., P.T.

OU School of Physical Therapy

(Refreshments provided by: Kimes Nursing and Rehab Center)

  • Tuesday, May 24

“Prevention of Complications”

Maureen Clothier, D.O.

OU-COM Department of Geriatric Medicine

(Refreshments provided by: Russell Nursing Home)

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2011

“Palliative Care: Myths and Benefits”

Tracy Marx, D.O.

OU-COM Department of Family Medicine

(Refreshments provided by: Arcadia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center)

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