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Caregivers conference to teach approaches for tough family challenges

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP), a CAPCOG division, and the Austin Senior Resource Alliance will host some of Austin’s foremost senior caregiving experts for A Caregivers Hope, an annual conference to teach how to better care for loved-ones and yourself through family planning and caregiving. The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 1921 Lohmans Crossing, Suite 100, Austin.

“For many of the caregivers, this is a chance for them to understand they are not alone; there are other caregivers going through the same issues, and they just need to reach out to get help,” said Cyndi Cummings, founder of the Austin Senior Resource Alliance. The alliance provides resources to families as they go through transitional life changes; hosting the conference is one way of helping those who care for older adults.

Founder of Kitchen Table Discussions, Garrick Colwell, will deliver the conference’s keynote discussion about aspects of care planning including early planning for end of life, its importance to families, and how it can provide caregivers with hope. “We are really talking about living life to the fullest until that last breath,” Colwell said. “Having these conversations lets people focus on being with their loved ones at the end instead of what to do for them after the end.”

Other conference speakers will include Patty Bordie, AAACAP director; Margaret Bryant, a Medicaid consultant; Lorna Allen, of New York Life Insurance Company; Michael Gill, owner of Texas Senior Living Locators; Bill Witt, of the Senior Resource Center; Dr. Char Hu, a Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders council member; and Alice Latino, co-founder of Heavenly Care Home Health.

> Caregivers register for the conference.
> Learn about AAACAP.

They can request free respite care by calling 512-423-6782.

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