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Regional counties host family caregiver mini-conferences

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Capital Area Council of Governments Aging Advisory Council and the Area Agency on Aging are sponsoring mini-conferences in counties throughout the region to educate and support family caregivers.

Informal family caregivers provide the majority of care for the nation’s aging population. An estimated 40 million family caregivers devote 37 billion hours a year to assist older adults, an economic value of about $470 billion. Each conference will educate attendees on balancing caregiving responsibilities with everyday life and provide local resource information.

Background for the conferences is provided by the National Family Caregiver Support program developed by Area Agencies on Aging and supported through the Older Americans Act. Conferences will target informal caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Tam Cummings, a local gerontologist, will give keynote presentations. She is dedicated to untangling the complexities of dementia.

The first conference is in Williamson County from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,  Sept. 10, Six Flags Ballroom, 2 Texas Drive, Georgetown. On site, registration begins 10:30 a.m.

Other caregiver support events:

  • September 12: Travis County Caregiver Conference hosted with AARP Texas, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (10:30 a.m. doors open for registration), La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport, 7625 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin 78741
  • September 26: Striking A Balance Caregiver Conference hosted with AGE of Central Texas, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (doors open for check-in at 8:30 a.m.), Norris Conference Center, Northcross Mall, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.
  • September 30: Fayette County Caregiver Mini-conference, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (10:30a.m. doors open for registration), County Extension Office, 255 Svoboda Lane, La Grange
  • November 14: SW Travis/Hays County Caregiver Conference hosted with AARP Texas, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (10:30 a.m. registration), Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 10408 HWY 290 West, Austin.

> To pre-register for any of these events please contact Michelle Davis.
> Discover the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area.
> Register for Striking a Balance 2015.

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