Riverside brings back caregiver seminar series

Caring for aging populations is hard, but it's a task many people take on as parents and family members grow older.

A weekly seminar series from Riverside's Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health aims to help caregivers address their own needs in addition to those they care for.

"Each week there is a curriculum, there is different concentration, and it focuses on things from why care-giving has become such a big topic to how to be an advocate for your loved one," said Christy Jensen, CEALH's director of health services research. "We do spend time talking about what the rewards and the benefits are to care-giving, and we talk about communication strategies and we talk about how to access community resources."

A nonprofit, the Center for Excellence in Aging, works to apply aging research within the Riverside Health System to create programming and services for the older adult population on the Peninsula.

The five-week series, "Caring for You, Caring for Me," is held from 4-6:15 p.m. each Tuesday May 16 through June 13. A $45 fee is charged for all five sessions, which covers refreshments and education materials. That fee can be paid in-person at the first session.

"(The seminars are) exclusively for us to support the caregivers and life them up, so if they are caring for someone in their home and need support to be able to come out to this class, we can help connect them with that," Jensen said.

Jensen said professional caregivers can also benefit, and attending all five sessions results in a participation certificate.

Riverside has put on the caregivers program, created by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, for eight years. Jensen is also a master trainer with the Carter Institute for the caregivers program.

The Riverside program received a Best Practices Award from the Southern Gerontological Society in 2012 and again from the Commonwealth Council on Aging in 2013, Jensen said.

Riverside offers the "Caring for You, Caring for Me" at least twice a year. Jensen said there may be two more sessions this fall.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

To register:

Seminars run from 4 to 6:15 p.m each Tuesday between May 16 and June 13 and are held at the Yorkminster Presbyterian Church at 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway.

The five-week series costs $45.

For more information or to register, visit excellenceinaging.org/caringforyou or call Christy Jensen at 220-4751.

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