Annual Caregivers Conference set for May 5

For those currently caring for a loved one at home, the Geriatric Interest Network of the Blair County Region invites you to its fourth annual Caregivers’ Conference, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., May 5, at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona.
“Our goal in holding the conference is to assist informal (unpaid) caregivers in the daily task of caring for their loved ones,” said Paulette Feather of the conference committee. “We provide caregivers with important information and give them the opportunity to ask questions and network with other caregivers.”
The focus of this year’s event is “Living with chronic conditions/Partnering with your health care provider.” Topics to be addressed at the conference include: pulmonary and lung conditions, diabetes, arthritis, congestive heart failure and coping and living with chronic illness.
Feather said the speakers will discuss what caregivers should expect when dealing with these common medical conditions and they will offer techniques to help them cope with this important responsibility.
“Most times, people with debilitating conditions are unable to let their caregivers know when they are in pain or not feeling well,” Feather explained. “It’s very important for the caregiver to understand as much as they are able to regarding their loved one’s medical condition.”
The conference is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is required and must be made by April 21 with Feather at the Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Senior Daily Living Center by calling 946-4693.
Should your loved one need assistance in your absence on the day of this conference, contact Feather for information regarding complimentary daycare services.