Virginia Family Caregivers provided over $11.8 Billion in unpaid care according to a 2015 article in AARP.
The Family Caregiver Alliance through the National Center on Caregiving explains that an informal or family caregiver is an unpaid individual such as a family member, friend or neighbor. These caregivers have provided 956 million hours of care within the state of Virginia.
The family caregivers in our community need support through resources and programs that provide guidance with the hands-on skills that are essential to the day to day care of a friend or loved one. Where support groups might offer emotional support, the Lunch and Learn series provides a different, still essential, support. "The difference is really to give them the hands-on skills that they need for those day-to-day activities," said Diane Hartley, Director of Peninsula Agency on Aging's Williamsburg office.
The Family Caregiver Lunch and Learn Series was created to link local caregivers with local experts that present and answer questions on practical topics related to the care of an aging individual.
The series is sponsored by collaboration between the Peninsula Agency on Aging, Thomas Nelson Community College, Colonial Behavioral Health and the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.
The 2017 series begins with "From the Heart: Finding the Joy of Care giving" on February 14. Jenny Inker, MS, MBA, LALFA with Virginia Commonwealth University will be the speaker. Come share your stories and learn tips and techniques that help connect you to the joys of giving care.
The 2017 series will continue each month through November. Some of the topics for presentations will include:
March 14, "Legal Issues Facing Caregivers" presented by Susan Jean, a partner at The Heritage Law Group in Williamsburg.
April 11, "Massage Therapy: A Hands on Approach to Stress Management" presented by Massage LuXe
May 9, "Managing Your Pain: Utilizing Mindfulness & Cognitive Strategies" presented by Lee Phillips, LCSW, CSAC with Colonial Behavioral Health
The Family Caregiver Lunch & Learn series is held the second Tuesday of the month from 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m., at the Thomas Nelson Workforce Center, 4135 Ironbound Road, on the second floor of the Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty building. Registration and lunch are offered free of charge; however registration is required, as seating is limited.
Please contact Joyce Ugweje at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-345-2823.
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