Cache County Caregiver Coalition to host community conference

With over 1,500 individuals living with a dementia-related illness in Cache Valley, there are many who struggle with the stress of caregiving each day—often for many years. The Cache County Caregiver Coalition, which has a mission to provide support and education to those caring for others, is hosting a conference on Thursday, April 20, with a theme of “Caregiver R and RX: Caring for the Caregiver.” Coalition Chair Amy Anderson said the event will be held in the Cache County Building, located at 179 N. Main in Logan, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops presented during the conference include:

2:00 p.m.         “Normal Aging vs Dementia”

2:45 p.m.         “Prepare to Care”

3:30 p.m.         “Tapping into Veterans Benefits”

4:15 p.m.         “When is it time for Palliative Care? “

Anderson said the final workshop will be presented by Dr. Taki May, from Logan Regional Hospital, to address an often difficult topic.

“So as that arc of care progresses, helping families understand [this question],” she said. “At what point do we begin to have a discussion about moving from curative care to palliative care, to keeping someone comfortable and supported and feel like the quality of their life is still intact?”

Anderson said presenters will include representatives of home health agencies, government-funded programs, care facilities and caregivers themselves, each of whom will share important information and resources.

The Caregiver R and RX: Caring for the Caregiver Conference is free of charge. Attendees are welcome to participate in all four workshops or in whichever discussions best meet their current needs. For more information, call 435-754-0233.

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