Caregiver Symposium Registration: May 16th in Longmont.
The CAREGIVING SYMPOSIUM, sponsored by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging and TRU PACE, is the annual educational event for family caregivers of older adults (and for the general public), which features a large resource fair, workshops on caregiving topics, complimentary lunch for pre-registered guests, educational handouts, and more. (Scroll down past the event sponsors to see the full agenda.)
Registration for general admission is free. Pre-registration by May 8 is required in order to receive lunch. Walk-in registration is permissible, but does not include lunch. Assistance for respite care (substitute elder care) is available; call 303-678-6284. For general information, contact Emily Cooper, BCAAA, at 303-678-6116 or InfoCaregiver@bouldercounty.org .
Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for person with disabilities. Please contact Julia Yager, Boulder County ADA Coordinator, or the BC Human Resources Division, at 303-441-3525, at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Directions to the Plaza Convention Center: The Best Western PLUS Plaza Hotel is at 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd (Hwy 119), between Hover Road and Sunset Street in south Longmont. The Plaza Convention Center is behind (north of) the hotel, at 1850 Industrial Circle. Turn onto Industrial Circle from either side of the hotel; it circles around to the Convention Center. Park in the Convention Center’s or Hotel’s lots (or in overflow parking at the mall) and enter the main east doors. WARNING: Do not park in the lots of adjacent businesses; they will tow!
9:30 – Registration begins (open throughout the day); Resource Fair opens
10:30 – 11:30 – Workshops (choose one)
Hospice: Patient-Centered Comfort Care – Joan Hart, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, University of CO Hospital Cancer Center
“You want to do WHAT?!” Questions about Capacity and Decision-making – Dan Kapsak, Elder Law Attorney, Kapsak Law
Senior Center Without Walls: Effortless Fun, at Home! – Katie Wade, M.Ed, LPC, Program Manager, Senior Center Without Walls
What About Me? A Humorous and Serious Look at Caring for the Caregiver – Kim Mooney, Owner, Practically Dying
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch available for pre-registered guests
1 – 2 p.m. – Workshops (choose one)
Veterans Benefits and You – Karen Townsend, Veterans Service Officer, Boulder County Veterans Service Office
Compassion and Encouragement for Caregivers – Ralph Patrick, Boulder County Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
Caregiver Panel: Caring for a Loved One from a Distance – Facilitated by Sara Thompson
Lighting, and Thresholds, and Barriers, Oh My! Accommodating the Home to Help an Older Loved One Age in Place – Ellen Taxman and Kellie Hudson, Hudson Integrative
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Workshops (choose one)
Loss of Intimacy: The Silent Casualty of the Caregiver – Jessica O’Leary, MA, CVW, TRU Community Care, Private Eldercare Consultant
Understanding Dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease: From a Deeper Perspective – Megan Carnarius, RN, NHA, LMT, Author, Owner of Memory Care Consulting, LLC
“What Should I Do?” How to Make Good Medical Decisions for Your Loved One – Phyllis Coletta, JD, Director, and Frances Meyer, The Conversation Project in Boulder
Bed, Baths, and Beyond: The Art of Family Caregiving (practical care tips) – Colin Schiessl, RN, and Audra Belden, BSN, RN, Dignity Care
4 p.m. – Resource Fair ends
4 – 5 p.m. – Workshops (choose one)
Difficult Family Dynamics in Caregiving – Brandy Queen, LPC, Seniors Counseling and Resource Education Coordinator, Longmont Senior Services
Legal and Financial Issues for Family Caregivers – Alice Ierley, Elder Law Attorney, Brown & Ierley, LLC
The Power of Resilience: The Five Steps of Conscious Caregiving – Nadine Roberts Cornish, CSA, Author, Owner of The Caregiver’s Guardian
5 p.m. – Event ends