Forum targets seniors who want to stay independent

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Doing the laundry, going to the bank and shopping for food can be daunting tasks for those who use a walker and have limited energy.

But Juneau has many resources for senior citizens, and their family members and friends who may act as caregivers.

These resources will be spelled out in a free public panel, "Connections for Independent Living: A Public Forum on Juneau's Home and Community Based Services," beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, at the Tlingit-Haida Community Council Building, 3235 Hospital Drive. The event will provide information about services such as home care, housing, respite, nutrition and transportation, and how they can be paid for.

"Our goal is to help people live in their own homes and communities at their highest level of functional independence," said Jill Sandleben, program director of Southeast Senior Services. "We'll talk about home-delivered meals, homemaker services, home modifications, private duty nursing and hospice."

"The audience we are seeking is people who are aging and are starting to look at their own independent living," said Glen Ray of Alzheimer's Association-Alaska. "We are also addressing services available for the developmentally disabled, but mostly it's about seniors."

Service providers will remain on hand until 1 p.m. to answer questions or recommend services for specific family needs.

For further information, contact Ray at 463-6164.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at

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