Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Caregiver Support: 2009 Spirituality and Aging Conference at OLLU

One of the major concerns of this blog is the needs of the caregiver in our community, particularly those who take care of the elderly. It can be a rewarding effort, but it is also exhausting work.

Caregiver burnout is a real and continuing concern.

This month, there will be an event recognizing the caregiver's needs. It costs $10 (which includes breakfast and lunch) and lasts five hours -- and it might make a major difference in the lives of caregivers here in our area.

The 2009 OLLU Spirituality and Aging Conference

This year's Spirituality and Aging Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 19, 2009, in Our Lady of the Lake University's Providence Hall (click for map). It will be telecast live in both Spanish and English (go to http://www.mmlearn.org/), and there are already remote locations set up for the Conference in Uvalde, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Carrizo Springs.

Dr. James Huysman of Leeza's Place / Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundn Will Speak

The Conference's Keynote Speaker will be Miami's Dr. James Huysman. Dr Hysman is co-founder of The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation (which provides Leeza's Place here in SA) and the co -author of Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss. He will speak on "The Ten Commandment of Careglving," with a focus on how people can help care for the caregiver.

Other topics to be covered at the conference include dealing with grief and loss; the basics of dementia; and finding meaning in caregiving.

Here's hoping local caregivers and their loved ones can attend the Conference

Sounds like a very informative Saturday for everyone, and we hope that local caregivers and their families can find a way to attend.

Wish there were more events like this during the year....

[Click here to print the Conference Brochure.]