The Caregiver Coalition will be presenting the 4th annual caregiver’s conference Sat., Nov. 6 from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Olympic Medical Center Conference Center in Port Angeles.
The conference: “Caregivers ... It’s All About You,” is free to all participants. Those in attendance will learn about tools and resources that are available to both paid and unpaid caregivers. All participants will also receive a complimentary lunch.
Informational vendor booths will be available during the day. Paid caregivers will be eligible to receive six CEU credits for attending the conference.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Cunningham, is Medical Director at Jamestown Family Health Center in Sequim. He’ll talk on “Assessing Caregiver’s Need for Help.”
Additionally, there will be four concurrent break-out workshops. Two are designed for the family caregiver: “Dealing with Dementia,” presented by Kathy Burrer, Administrator at Dungeness Courte, and “Finding Respite Care,” presented by Carolyn Lindley and Ellie Cortez with Senior Information and Assistance.
The two sessions designed for paid caregivers are “Handling Caregiver Emotions and Grief,” presented by Melissa Layer, Bereavement Counselor at Assured Hospice, and “Career Development” by Jen Gouge, Coordinator of the Medical Assistant Program at Peninsula College.
The afternoon sessions are designed to be uplifting and enjoyable, with sessions on “Gratitude and Humor” by Donna Oiland from Spiritual Care at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, and “Song Writing Works” by Judith-Kate Friedman. The conference ends with “Breathing/Meditation” led by Annette Lindamood.
To register for the Fourth Annual Caregiver Conference, contact Carolyn Lindley at Senior Information and Assistance: 360-417-8554 or 360-452-3221. Early registration is encouraged as seating is limited.