There are over 40 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, and numerous organizations that offer various forms of information and assistance. But sifting through all the resources available can be overwhelming for caregivers, particularly when they are in the throes of day-to-day care giving issues. Recognizing the challenges that the growing number of caregivers face, MGI has developed a multi-session program that will help caregivers learn what they need to do, hopefully before they find themselves in a difficult situation.
April 20, NUTRITIONAL BASICS FOR CAREGIVERS by Dr. Chris Morren
April 27 PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR A LOVED ONE
Conferences start at noon and will last about an hour. They are free, and lunch will be provided free of charge. To register, Please call 860-857-2110 and leave a message.
SEVEN SESSIONS WILL ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS.
1. Medical Issues – Learn how to assess your loved one in an emergency, including crisis care skills, and how to tend to minor injuries and illnesses.
2. Home Modification – Learn how simple changes and inexpensive products will enable you and your loved one and “age in place.” (Concurrent with “Nutrition.”)
3. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) – Understand how to assess your loved one’s ability to complete ADLs to help ensure they live their best life (Concurrent with “Loneliness.”)
4. Nutrition – Learn how to determine the nutritional needs of your loved one.
5. Loneliness/Isolation/Caregiver Care – Learn how to deal with loneliness and isolation, an issue for both the caregiver and their loved one, and to identify and cope with the negative impacts of care giving.
6. Transitions – Learn how to transition your loved one’s care from one setting to another when their condition starts to deteriorate; learn how to identify which setting will create a thriving environment for them – either at home with supported services, at a skilled nursing facility or at an assisted living facility.
7. Legal/Financial Matters – Learn the importance of wills, living wills,
advance directives, powers of attorney, conservatorships/guardianships; estate administration/probate, the qualifications and limitations of Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans’ benefits, life insurance, and long-
term care insurance.