Family Caregiver Appreciation Day, Nov. 16

Taking care of a loved one who is elderly or disabled is never a simple task, but the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts aims to make it a little easier with a unique event called Family Caregiver Appreciation Day, which will be held at the Hogan Center at College of the Holy Cross on Tuesday, November 16 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The all-day event marks November as Family Caregiver Appreciation Month.

The day will include workshops conducted by the Elder & Disability Law Advocates, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, Philips Lifeline, Central Mass. Agency on Aging, Commonwealth Medicine, and Aviv Centers for Living. A critically-acclaimed independent short film titled “The Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn,” which deals with aging issues, will see its first local showing. Attendees will also hear inspirational presentations from a pair of authors who have written about caregiving.

Walgreens Pharmacy will conduct a flu shot clinic, and the MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Pharmacy Outreach Program will provide attendees with a ”Medication Check-up” to review meds and answer any questions they have.  Caregivers can bring any medications (including prescriptions, over- the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements) they or a loved one currently takes on the day of the event.

Interested agencies can help the Alliance promote the event by distributing this flier to patients, families, and around your local community.

Several agencies have already committed to supporting attendees at the event by donating homemaker/aide hours to a “Free Care For Caregivers” bank to provide respite care that day to allow family caregivers to attend the event.  Agencies interested in donating respite care hours should contact Patricia Kelleher as soon as possible!

Agencies can also register family caregiver attendees yourself at your agency and send a single list to us.  We would like some form of contact information – either a mailing address or email address – in addition to the names of attendees so we can send confirmations and additional info about the event.

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