PUBLISHED: 1:15 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Caregiver Education Series
November is National Family Caregiver Month and this educational series features information and discussions designed to ease the work and worries of persons caring for an older family member, neighbor or friend. For more information, call Mary Lou Spartz or Jessica Hadfield at 463-6177, toll free at (866) 746-6177 or send e-mail to Sponsored by Southeast Senior Services, presentations are from 6:30-8 p.m. each Thursday in November at Bridge Adult Daycare Center at 1803 Glacier Hwy.

Nov. 2: Services available to support family caregivers

Janet Lumiansky of Southeast Senior Services, Julie Delong of Wildflower Cout, Marja Miller of Center for Community and Mary Miller of Bridge Adult Daycare Center will talk about service option including respite care, adult day services, assisted living, personal care, nursing care and care coordination.

Nov. 9: Working caregiver panel

Mary Miller will facilitate a panel of working family caregivers who will share some of the stresses and strains of care giving, including being a long-distance caregiver, ideas of how to care for yourself and local resources to help.

Nov. 16: Alzheimer's and managing difficult behaviors

Merritt Andrus, a geriatric nurse practitioner at Juneau Pioneer Home, will discuss Alzheimer's disease and dementia while giving some helpful hints for caregivers, such as communication with the care recipient and his or her physician.

Nov. 30: The legal issues of care giving

Attorney Vance Sanders will discuss and answer questions regarding long-term care planning, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, durable power of attorney and living wills. Also to be discussed includes what to know as the person being cared for becomes less able to make his or her own decisions.