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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: October 18, 2016
Contact: Vicki Hanson, Aging and Long Term Care Division, Kitsap County Human Services
360.337.5700 or
No: 2016-091

Family caregivers offered free seminars
Physical & mental well-being and assistive technology

(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 Therapy;

  • 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 community.

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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Last Updated:  October 18, 2016