Are you or someone you know struggling with independence at home? Have you been helping an aging relative or friend with health and life tasks, even just a little? You may not know it, but you have taken on the role of a caregiver. Being referred to as a caregiver often comes as a surprise to people. Many folks think of caregivers as paid professionals providing assistance, healthcare and other support to those who can’t provide it for themselves. More than 44 million individuals, just like you, in the U.S. and Canada are non-professional family caregivers. Caregivers face a multitude of personal challenges. Where do you turn for help? Where do you go for answers to your many questions?
Benevilla is excited to announce their first “Caregiver Connect” event of 2020 will be held in Sun City March 6th. This free educational event provides family caregivers with support and guidance to assist them on their caregiving journey. The Benevilla Caregiver Connect event will be held Friday, March 6th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Bellevue Heights Church at 9440 W. Hutton Drive, Sun City, 85351. Please call Benevilla today at 623-584-4999 to register. Space is filling up fast.
The Benevilla Caregiver Connect event series was created for family caregivers to learn more about the dynamics affecting their lives and help them get their pressing questions answered and obtain in-person guidance. The event brings all resources a caregiver may need to one place in a casual, relaxed and compassionate atmosphere. Benevilla will have 50 local senior services providers to supply critical caregiver information to the attendees. They also offer expert advice and direction on a myriad of topics including senior living options, home care choices, insurance alternatives, elder law and help with government programs. A Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Resource Specialist will also be on-site for anyone needing one-on-one support.
Many times, caregivers are lost in a quickly changing world of new behaviors and physical changes with their loved ones. Benevilla strives to enlighten and inform caregivers about these developments by offering educational presentations by industry experts during this event.
At the March 6th event, Dr. Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN from Hospice of the Valley will speak on “The Language of Distress.” Her presentation will dig deep into distressed behaviors which often serve as a form of communication and often indicate the person living with dementia is experiencing discomfort in body, mind and/or spirit. Lori Nisson will give a second presentation titled “Ambiguous Loss: Living with Uncertainty.” Her presentation will discuss caregiver stress and burden, often misunderstood, with the real culprit being ambiguous loss.
There will also be a 30-minute bonus presentation outlining the options available from the Benevilla Life Enrichment Day Programs.
Reservations are required. Please call 623-584-4999 to reserve your space today. There will be a complimentary breakfast provided by Birt’s Bistro. Thank You to Western State Bank for being our Caregiver Connect Event Series Sponsor and Bellevue Heights Church for providing the space.