Free seminar offers support for caregivers

Kevin Magna

September 29, 2010

This coming Saturday, a seminar taking place in Wisconsin aims to offer relief to baby boomers who are taking care of their aging parents, according to The Wisconsin Rapid Tribune.

The It Takes a Village seminar will cover many different aspects of caretaking. It will feature a speech by Janie Jasin, who will touch on her personal experiences of caring for her parents.

The primary objective of the seminar is to show people that they aren't alone. Participants will be able to attend classes which discuss hospice decisions, caregiver burnout, elderly memory loss and ways to talk to parents about chronic conditions.

Ann Egge, the executive director of Park Place Adult Day Services, told the news provider that much of what she does consists of listening to caretakers who feel isolated and overwhelmed. She says that more boomers than ever are taking care of parents and they all need a support system in place.

"We're hoping that [people] go away with a smile on their face," she informed the news source. "They're going to be glad they came."

Those who feel overwhelmed by caretaking responsibilities may want to invest in a medical alert system. This will allow elderly parents to immediately contact caretakers or medical professionals when left alone for a long period of time, so adult children can run errands or go to work without worrying.

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