Monday, March 24, 2008

Respite Care/ Caregiver Support Program - Start up in Walker County

We are pleased to announce that the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging will begin its Respite Care/ Caregiver Support Program in April for Walker County. The dates and tentative topics are as follows:

April 24th – REACH Intervention/ Dementia Education Training
May 8th – REACH Intervention/ Importance of Good Nutrition and Exercise for Caregivers
May 22nd – REACH Intervention/ Legal Issues Affecting Caregivers
June 5th – REACH Intervention / Personal Reflections of a Caregiver
June 19th – REACH Intervention/ Caregivers and Depression
July 2nd – REACH Intervention/ Sensitivity Activity

Venue for Caregiver: s Community Health Systems Activity Center (Jasper) – Classes will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Please contact Leila Heptinstall or Jacque Easterling (M4A) at 670-5770.

* Venue for Care Recipients: Jasper Senior Center (Jasper) – Recipients will receive care from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m. Please contact Leila Heptinstall or Jacque Easterling (M4A) at 670-5770.

*All care recipient sessions will include all or a combination of additional services including: cholesterol checks, blood pressure checks, or other health related activities

*Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact Leila or Jacque closer to each date for confirmations

How you can help………

Can you or your agency provide breakfast for our Caregiver training sessions?
Gift certificates/ discount coupons - We need gift certificates/ discount coupons for the caregivers: if we have 10 Caregivers with 6 sessions, we would need up to 60 gift certificates; if we have the rolling "enrollment", then this number will vary but probably not exceed 120. Even a $5.00 gift certificate for breakfast would be a bonus for our caregivers.

If you or your agency/organization would like to help , contact Leila Heptinstall at 670-5770.

This program is an important step in improving the equality of life for seniors in Walker County, and we appreciate your support and participation.

Thank you,
Carolyn Fortner

Executive Director, Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging

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