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Aging Well: Conference highlights caregiver resources, support

Caregiver Conference

The Caregiver’s Toolbox Conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at the Haven Community Center in Hayden. Guest speakers will discuss long-term Medicaid, veterans benefits, Medicare Part D prescription drug program, medical and financial power of attorney and mental health support for caregivers. Information about local caregiver resources and services also will be available.

The free event includes lunch and door prizes. Registration is appreciated. Organizations interested in having an information table are asked to pay $25 or provide a door prize. The registration deadline for participants and organizations is Tuesday. Call Nancy McStay at 970-824-5646.

Caregiver resources

■ Northwest Colorado Options for Long-term Care provides caregivers financial assistance for respite care (including adult day services) and/or equipment. Eligibility depends on a patient’s age and cognitive and physical limitations. Services are available to families (including grandparents who are primary caregivers of grandchildren) in Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties. For more information, call Nancy McStay at 970-824-5646.

■ The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers adult day and respite programs at The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden and the Rollingstone Respite House in Steamboat Springs. The programs provide activities, meals and assistance with daily-care needs for older adults needing supervision. Full- and half-day programs are available Mondays through Fridays. Reservations can be made on an ongoing or as-needed basis. Overnight respite also is available. For more information, call Diane Girty at 970-875-1891 or visit http://www.nwcovna.org.

■ The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers a variety of services for caregivers and older adults including home health and companion care programs, low cost immunizations and health screenings and Aging Well fitness and wellness programs. For more information, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat, 970-824-8233 in Craig or visit http://www.nwcovna.org.

■ A support group for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia meets monthly in Steamboat Springs. For more information, call Barbara Bronner at 970-879-8942.

By the numbers

■ 8 of every 10 Americans 65 or older live with a chronic illness

■ 63: The average age of caregivers caring for individuals 65 and older

■ 59 to 75 percent of caregivers are women

■ 20 percent of caregivers are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

■ 1 in 5 caregivers provide more than 40 hours of care per week

■ 40 percent of caregivers of people with dementia suffer from depression or emotional stress

■ $257 billion: The estimated economic value of services provided by family or informal caregivers (in 2000 dollars)

Sources: U.S. Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention,

National Family Caregivers Association, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Administration on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.