Senior Corner: Caregivers conference geared to family caregivers returns to Alexandria

Senior Corner: Caregivers conference geared to family caregivers returns to Alexandria

By Debbie Ludington

Are you a caring for a family member or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, another dementia or other medical problems? Is it a struggle at times? Do you feel isolated and alone? Information and support is available.

The City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services is once again co-sponsoring the 30th annual Caregivers Conference, “Gems: A Treasure Chest of Ideas”, scheduled for Friday, November 11, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, located at 2932 King Street. Those individuals caring for or working with persons with dementia are encouraged to attend.

Keynote speaker Teepa Snow will talk about her positive approach to care techniques and training modules that are used by families and professionals worldwide. Other topics include “Changing Resistance to Care into Participation,” “Causes of Dementia” and “Activities at Home: Meaningful Engagements for Your Loved One,” among others. Presenter Margot Greenlee will also get everyone up and moving.

The conference recognizes that serving as a caregiver for someone with dementia involves the entire family — spouses, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, neighbors and friends.

This conference will provide valuable information on understanding dementia, ways to help yourself and your loved one, activities you can do at home and more. Conference attendees will be able to learn even more from the more than 40 vendors who will be on hand. Attendees will meet other caregivers, share stories and tips, have great food and even some fun.

The cost of the conference is still only $30 and includes breakfast, lunch, a snack, program materials and a certificate of attendance. And there’s plenty of free parking.

Professional CEU’s are available for an additional $30. The deadline for registration is November 1. You can register online at or call 703-746-5694 for more information or to request a registration form.

You are not alone. Come and spend the day with other caregivers who understand what you are going through and can lend an ear and share care giving tips.

The writer is the long term care coordinator for the division of aging and adult services at the city department of community and human services.