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Caregiver trainings offered in November

Posted: November 4, 2012 - 1:03am

Southeast Senior Services has announced a series of free trainings at noon every Wednesday in November to help unpaid family caregivers of elders.

“We are delighted to offer this training series again this November, in celebration of National Family Caregivers month,” said Marianne Mills, Program Director for Southeast Senior Services. “For many years, we have made an extra effort in November to acknowledge and thank caregivers by providing educational trainings designed to help them on their caregiving journeys.”

Funded in part by a grant from the State Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the series will cover a range of topics that will provide useful information for family caregivers as they care for their elder.

Nov. 7, Holly Handler with Alaska Legal Services will present on legal concerns and caregiving. This is always a popular topic with our caregivers, Holly is a very resourceful individual available for our session.

Nov. 14, is about the importance of dental and mouth care for seniors. Chris Cook with SEARHC will present on this important function of daily personal care.

On Nov. 21, Yvonne Young with Juneau Public Health and Cole Dysinger with SEARHC will discuss medication management and organization. This session will cover organizational options available and the importance of managing medications for seniors.

On Nov. 28 the series closes with Nils Dihle with SESS, presenting on Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it differs from non-seasonal depression.

The trainings will take place in the KTOO first Floor conference room, 360 Egan Drive. Healthy snacks will be provided, and brown bags are welcome, since the series will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m.

“We find that people often don’t self-identify as caregivers until they are faced with a crisis or specific need, and are in need of quick information and resources to fix the problem,” said Mills. “Our Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center offers information and assistance to caregivers and seniors, helping link them with critical services and benefits. We have a lending library of books and videos on a variety of caregiving topics, and we have counselors on staff to provide confidential counseling related to the stresses of caregiving.”

For information on the family caregiver training series or any of the services mentioned above, contact Joylynn Lake, Family Caregiver Support Specialist with Senior Information & Caregiver Resource Center at 463-6177.

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