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Workshop offer resources for family caregivers

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 23, 2011 at 11:16 am with No Comments »
December 23, 2011 12:01 pm

Pierce County will present a free workshop to help family caregivers, starting Jan. 9.

The session will be repeated at several locations through Jan. 14 by staff members of Pierce County Community Connections along with the community partners of the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

“Family Caregiving 2012″ will aim to provide resources, tools and skills for those who care for family members with chronic illnesses, disabilities and long-term conditions. For more information, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or 1-800-562-0332.

Here’s a news release on the workshop:

News Release

www.piercecountywa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 19, 2011

Skills and resources help family caregivers

Family caregivers are the backbone of the American health care system. Twenty-five percent of all households are involved as family caregivers; that’s 1 in 4 families. Caregiving is a rigorous responsibility. Burn out and becoming overwhelmed are primary risks. Key individual skills and community resources can help caregivers keep their health, maintain their balance and sustain their work.

“Family Caregiving 2012″ is an informal discussion about family caregiving and the resources, tools and skills that can help caregivers over the long term. The discussion will explore ways families construct caregiving responsibilities, how to handle the caregiver duties, the challenges most caregivers face and the resources available in Pierce County.

“Family caregivers do amazing work,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “People suffer chronic illnesses, have various disabilities and deal with long term conditions. Parents, spouses, children and other relatives step in to form an incredible web of support for their loved ones. It is essential that those caregivers remain healthy and stable so they can continue their work.”

“Family Caregiving 2012″ is an information-only event. It is free and open to the public and will be presented by staff of Pierce County Community Connections and the partners of the Aging and Disability Resource Center. The workshop will be repeated five times:

• Jan. 9 – 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Pierce County Annex – Main Conference Room

2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma

• Jan. 9 – 7 to 8 p.m., Sound Vista Village

6633 McDonald Ave, Gig Harbor

• Jan. 11 – 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. ,County-City Building – Rainier Conference Room – 7th Fl.

930 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma

• Jan. 11 – 7 to 8 a.m., Parkland/Spanaway Library Conference Room

13718 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma

• Jan. 14 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sumner Library Conference Room

1116 Fryar Ave., Sumner

For more information, call the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or 800-562-0332.

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