|| October 18, 2016
||Vicki Hanson, Aging and Long Term Care
Division, Kitsap County Human Services
Family caregivers offered free seminars
Physical & mental well-being and assistive
(Silverdale, WA) –
November is Family Caregiver Month and in honor of this, Kitsap
County’s Aging and Long-Term Care Family Caregiver Support Program is
hosting a free seminar for unpaid family and volunteer caregivers from 9:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday November 9th at the Best Western Silverdale
Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
The state of Washington estimates that more than 800,000 people provide care
for another adult. A caregiver’s role may have developed slowly or suddenly
and can be physically and emotionally demanding.
Located in Silverdale, the Kitsap County Family Caregiver Support Center
offers free services to support caregivers. Trained staff for available to
listen, care, and provide practical information and ongoing support.
Additionally, the center provides a free library of materials and free
personalized consultation with a professional case manager.
Anyone 18 years of age or older, living in Kitsap County and providing
unpaid care for an adult with functional disabilities is eligible to utilize
services. To lean more, call 360-337-5700 or 1-800-562-6418, or stop by our
Caregiver Support Center at 9857 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Drop-in hours
are Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or by appointment.
This year’s seminar includes topics to support the physical and mental
well-being of caregivers: The topics include:
Don’t Let Back Pain Slow You Down,
Scott Richards, Kitsap Physical Therapy;
Self-Care Exercises for Mental &
Physical Well-being, Nathan Edwards, Kitsap Physical
Assistive Technology, Washington
Assistive Technology Act Program;
Practical and safe use of medical
equipment, Jennifer Edwards, PT, DPT, CSRS, and
Facilitated small group discussions
in addition to presentations.
When trying to juggle multiple roles, caregivers
may put aside tending to their own well-being, resulting in increased
stress, health problems, depression, and/or feelings of anger and anxiety
about their situation. Attending this year’s free Family Caregiver
Conference seminars offer unpaid caregivers the opportunity to increase
their resilience in these areas, network with each other, and gain relevant
information and knowledge of local resources from industry professionals in
The 2016 Family Caregiver Conference doors open at 8:15 a.m. Complimentary
refreshments and light continental breakfast items will be served.
Professional caregivers may also attend for a $15 fee. Registration is
required for all who wish to attend. Call 360.337.5700 or 800.562.6418.
Individuals who may require special accommodations should contact Vicki
Hanson at 360.337.5700, 800.562.6418 or TDD 360.307.4280. One week advance
notice is needed for interpreter services.
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