Sign-up opens for conference for caregivers

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Registration begins today for the sixth annual “Building Your Caregiver Toolbox” Conference for caregivers across the North Olympic Peninsula, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

The free conference is for all those who provide care for others, whether paid or unpaid, said Ellie Cortez, home care referral registry coordinator for the Caregiver Coalition, the conference sponsor.

It will be at Trinity United Methodist Church at 100 N. Blake Ave., next to Carrie Blake Park.

Complimentary lunches will provided by Park View Villas.

Pre-registration is advised because of a limited amount of lunches and space available.

The theme is “Caregiving: How to Cope,” and it will kick off with a panel discussion on how to recognize depression and treat it early.

Panelists will be Dr. Timothy K. Guthrie, family practitioner at Jamestown Family Health Clinic; Lynn Zavalney, RN, MA, CHPN, administrator of Assured Hospice of Sequim; and the Rev. Scott Koenigsaecker of Sequim Community Church.

Additional learning opportunities will be provided during morning and afternoon breakout sessions on “Depression: What is it?”; “Cultural Values: Nurturing the Spirit in Our Diverse Cultures”; “Compassion and Choices: One Family’s Experience with the Death with Dignity Act”; and “Life Cycle-Life Review: Helping the Patient and Caregiver Create a Personal History.”

About 20 agencies and facility representatives will provide information on what is available to assist caregivers.

The Caregiver Coalition is a group of individuals from agencies, businesses and organizations who work with caregivers of older adults in Clallam County.

The register, phone 360-452-3221.

Last modified: September 30. 2012 6:17PM
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