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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: November 9, 2006
Contact: Tawnya Weintraub
Phone: (360) 337-5700 or 509-9376
No. 06-93

Caregiver Conference Takes Care of Caregivers

PORT ORCHARD, WAŚKitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care Services will present "Taking Care While Giving Care" on Thursday, November 16, 8:15a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. This all-day event will provide up-to-date resources and practical skills training to support and celebrate those who provide care for others.

Dynamic speakers from a variety of professions, including nursing, social work, medicine, pharmacy and law, will share their expertise and knowledge. Keynote speaker Margarita Suarez, MA, RN, will offer caregivers information on "How to Keep Enthusiasm in the Face of Reality."

"In Kitsap County, over 80% of all long-term care for older adults or adults with disabilities is provided by family caregivers," said Tawnya Weintraub, Supervisor of Senior Information and Assistance. "Family and other caregivers need information and access to quality training to support them in their caregiving role. Past caregiver conferences have touched the lives of many in Kitsap." 

One caregiver who attended last year's conference summed up the thoughts of many when describing the most valuable part of the day as "gaining knowledge of all the services and support available for the aged and their caregivers...and just knowing I am not alone."

The conference is free to volunteer and unpaid family caregivers. There is a $35 fee for paid caregivers, agency representatives and unpaid volunteer caregivers living outside Kitsap County. The fee includes workshops, exhibits and lunch.

To register, interested caregivers should contact the Caregiver Support Center at 360-337-5700 or 800-562-6418. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Office, 
call PJ Callahan at 360-337-4481 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014