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Rock County Council on Aging to offer Family Caregiver Information Series

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Shelly Birkelo
March 2, 2013

— Nobody knows everything.

If you're a new or even an existing caregiver, it's only natural you'll come up with questions while carrying out your duties. It's also not surprising if at times you may feel overwhelmed, or that you have no resources or places to turn for help.

Fear not. Relief is in sight.

Starting Thursday, the Rock County Council on Aging will offer its Family Caregiver Information Series. The five-session series, which runs monthly through August (skipping July), will share valuable information for those charged with taking care of others.

“Whether you are just starting your caregiving journey or if you have been on it a while, these topics will give you some pointers,” said Julie Seeman, family caregiver support program and outreach specialist at the Council on Aging, in a news release.

March and May sessions will be offered both in the afternoon and evening, she said.

Dates and topics for the Thursday program series are:

March 7 at 2 and 6 p.m.: “How do I find community resources and the services I need?” Program shares information about where to look first and how to get results.

April 4 at 10 a.m.: “What is the difference between home health medical care and nonmedical home care?” Get straight answers from professionals.

May 2 at 2 and 6 p.m.: “Help! I need a break.” Learn about the benefits of respite care, options for respite care that will work for you and financial sources to pay for it.

June 6 at 10 a.m.: “Fitting the Pieces Together.” Solve the confusion about Medicare and other insurance.

Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.: “What are my housing and long-term care options?” Program offers information on apartments, assisted living, etc. Learn how to understand this alphabet soup of living options and funding sources.



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