VIERA – An event this week will provide support and recognition to local residents who help maintain the health and well-being of senior family members.
One Senior Place, a marketplace for senior resources, will host Caregiver Appreciation Day from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road.
Featuring three presentations and free root beer floats from Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, the event aims to address an increasing demand for caregiver resources.
“More and more of our clients are becoming caregivers,” said One Senior Place Director Barbara Fradkin. “Many don't know what to expect and will need new tools to help them succeed in this role.”
The upward trend in family caregiving is likely due to an increasing number of seniors who are aging in place and living longer, Ms. Fradkin explained.
At the same time, financial resources to assist with caregiving are scarce.
“The cost of professional caregiving has gone up and Medicare does not pay for help at home, so the family member often becomes the full time caregiver,” Ms. Fradkin said.
One presentation, “Technology & Dementia: Coming Solutions,” – by popular presenter Fernando Montalvo of University of Central Florida's Technology and Aging Laboratory – will discuss technological advances that are helping patients and caregivers better manage dementia.
Additionally, Jim DeLaura of Whittaker Cooper Financial Group will present the “Cost of Caregiving,” while Ms. Fradkin and registered nurse Lisa Conway will talk about “Caregiver Burnout.”
“This is good information to have if you are a caregiver or may become one,” Ms. Fradkin said. “There will be some time in our lives that we will have to care for a loved one. The more information you have, the better prepared you will be.”
Inspired by National Caregiver Day and a business partner’s desire to give back to the senior community, this is the first time One Senior Place will host Caregiver Appreciation Day.
“One of our resident businesses, Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, was looking for a way to give back to the seniors in our community,” Ms. Fradkin said. “I saw that November 13th was National Caregiver Appreciation Day and thought this would be a great thing to do for all of the caregivers in the community.
“I have worked with many of them and know of the situations they go through,” Ms. Fradkin added. “It is important for the caregivers to take care of themselves and have a plan in place in case something happens to them. That is what we do at One Senior Place, help make the plans for the future so when that emergency occurs--people are ready with a team that can assist.”
To RSVP, call (321) 751-6771.
For more information about One Senior Place, visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.