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Caregivers’ Conference in Hilo on Saturday, September 24

September 1, 2011

Share the Care; A Caregivers’ Conference        Saturday, September 24, 2011

In 2010, Rosalynn Carter said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those will need caregivers.”   As the population ages, many people are finding themselves in positions of providing or needing caregiving services.  As the federal, state and county government wrestle with budget woes, the public needs assistance in learning about caregiving and what resources are available.

Share the Care; A Caregivers’ Conference is occurring on Saturday, September 24th at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall, from 8am to 4pm.  This event is being sponsored by AARP Hawaii, Hawaii County Office of Aging, Project Dana, Hospice of Hilo and the Alzheimer’s Association.

This conference is aimed to help current and future family caregivers of older frail adults to better cope with the many complex issues involved in the realm of caregiving. 

Speakers include AARP Hawaii President Stuart Ho (Current and Future Challenges of Long Term Care), UH Manoa Professor James Pietsch and Lenora Lee (“Deciding Who Cares”), UH Manoa Professor/Gerontologist Michael Cheang (“What Are We Going To Do About Mom?”), Megan Hookey, National Retired Teachers Association (“Staying Sharp”), Mike Hirano, Oahu Project Dana (“You Don’t Have To be Famous To Fall!”), Aaron Yamasaki, Hospice of Hilo (“Caregiving: An Emotional Roller Coaster”) and Chris Ridley, Alzheimer’s Association (“Forgetfulness or Dementia”).

There will be 30 resource information tables available for browsing throughout the event with some free services.  Each participant will receive a registration packet including valuable resource material.  Some participants will be eligible for free respite services.

Registration cost is only $10 which includes lunch.  Registration forms are available at  Aging and Disability Resource Center, 1055 Kino’ole Street, Suite 101, Hilo, 961-8600; Life Care Center of Hilo, 944 West Kawailani Street, Hilo, 959-9151; and the West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg. B, Kailua-Kona.  For information call 323-4390.


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