The free event helps to ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources.
AGE of Central Texas will host the 8th annual Williamson County Caregiver Conference online, with daily seminar sessions on September 21st through 23rd from 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. each day. Sponsored by AARP Texas, the free Conference will address “Caregiving in the New Normal” and feature presentations by regional and national caregiving experts.
The annual free event was created to help ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources. Participants will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with local experts on aging.
This year’s Conference features a special presentation on Wednesday, September 22nd, by Alyssa Aguirre, LCSW, from University of Texas Dell Medical Center speaking on “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: Q & A with a Dementia Counselor.” The presentation will cover everything from diagnosis to counseling services. Attendees will learn what to expect in a comprehensive evaluation for dementia, review commonly used memory tests, and share suggestions for how to respond to your loved one.
Aguirre is the Assistant Director of Dementia Care Transformation at U.T. Dell Medical School Department of Neurology and Assistant Professor of Practice for the U.T. Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She has been a practicing clinical social worker for 12 years and has dedicated her career to implementing evidence-based Alzheimer’s interventions, advocating for early diagnosis, and supporting family caregivers.
Other presentations include Lynn Hartje, MS, LPC-S, from Bluebonnet Trails Community Services presenting “Cumulative Stress and Caregiving Resilience: Put Your Oxygen Mask on First” on Tuesday, September 21st, and the St. David’s Adaptive Driving Program presenting a “Driving Safety for Older Adults” seminar on Thursday, September 23rd.
Registration for the Williamson County Caregiver Conference is free, and includes all presentations and resources. Registration is now open online at http://TinyURL.com/WilcoConf2021.
For more information about the programs and services offered by AGE of Central Texas, visit www.AGEofCentralTX.org or call (512) 451-4611.
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AGE of Central Texas is a leading regional non-profit delivering services, education, and assistance supporting the area’s rapidly growing population of older adults and their caregivers. Serving residents in Central Texas, AGE’s six core programs include adult day health care, caregiver education, early memory loss support, health equipment lending, resource information, and peer-based computer classes for older adults. Founded in 1986, AGE’s services cultivate strength, compassion, and community. For more information, visit www.AGEofCentralTX.org or call (512) 451-4611.