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Posted October 24, 2011 | comments Leave a comment

Caring for the caregiver

November is National Family Caregivers Month

"More than 65 million people, 29 percent of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one."(1)

To help support the caregivers in our community, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley are sponsoring a one-day workshop (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) on Nov. 9 to give caregivers tools to make their jobs easier.

The Nov. 9 workshop in Winchester will include the following topics:

  • Personal Care Tips and Health Monitoring Skills

  • Financial Issues for Caregivers

  • Body Mechanics

  • Helping the Caregiver Manage Stress

  • Nutrition and Feeding Issues

  • Community Resources

Guest speakers from Shenandoah University, Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, Adult Care Center, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and other community organizations will provide up-to-date information to support caregivers in caring for loved ones.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please call:

Frederick County Cooperative Extension
(540) 665-5699 or e-mail: Karen Ridings at ridingsk@vt.edu
(Space is limited to 40 participants; Registration fee - $10)

(1) http://thefamilycaregiver.org

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