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Striking a Balance Conference balances caregiving, self-caring

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This year’s Striking a Balance Conference conducted by the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) will feature Dr. Barry Jacobs, a clinical psychologist, family therapist and author of “The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent”.  The conference will be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Doubletree Hilton, 6505 North IH 35 in Austin.

Jacobs will lead the 17th annual Striking a Balance Conference for family caregivers by discussing how to make sense of the turmoil caused by caregiving and ways to cope with competing loyalties, role reversal and changes caused by illnesses. “Speakers like Dr. Jacobs can be an extremely valuable resources for family caregivers,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG’s AAACAP director. “He is a practitioner who treats issues related to family caregiving because of his own passion about the subject born from his own caregiving experiences.”

Every year the conference brings national speakers to the region to educate family caregivers about achieving equilibrium in their lives while caring for loved ones. It is organized by AAACAP and Age of Central Texas, which seeks to improve the lives of caregivers by providing them with resources.

The conference also will include several breakout sessions on a variety of caregiving topics including caregiver 101, working caregivers, nutrition and aging and sleep changes through aging. However, the sharing and conversation among caregiver attendees is often the most valued benefit provided by the conference.

“When you bring more than a hundred caregivers together, they share stories and experiences and learn from one another,” Bordie said. “They learn they are not alone in experiencing their feelings, and they learn about what others have accomplished to strike a balance to be the best caregiver for their loved ones and their selves.”

> Register for the conference.
> Learn more about AAACAP.
> Learn about Age of Central Texas.

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