Hickory – ACAPcommunity (Adult Children of Aging Parents), in partnership with Western Piedmont Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and Catawba Regional Hospice, presents its second annual ACAPcommunity conference, “Balancing the Juggling Act,” a one-day seminar designed for persons caring for elders adult-child caregivers, other informal caregivers (family and friends), and professionals.  The conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 8:30-2:00 pm, and will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, 1880 2nd Avenue NW, Hickory, NC.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is necessary. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 28.  To register for the conference or for additional information, go to www.wpcog.org, www.ACAPcommunity.org, or call 828-485-4256.  The registration fee is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Continuing education credits are available for an additional $10.

The conference keynote speaker, Mark Hensley, Project C.A.R.E. State Director and Alzheimer’s Support Specialist, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, will help attendees identify the sometimes-conflicting demands and challenges of caregiving and methods for “Balancing the Juggling Act.”  Other conference presentations are:  “Getting The Bounce Back,” presented by Mary Mitchell, Family Caregiver Support Specialist, WPCOG Area Agency on Aging; “How to Pet a Porcupine: Don’t Get Stuck With Stress,” presented by Marsha Lynn, Communities Facilities Liaison, Catawba Regional Hospice; and “Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh,” presented by husband/wife team Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter, Director and Chief of Chaos, In the Moment, LLC.

Premier Sponsors for the 2016 ACAPcommunity conference are Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center / A Duke LifePoint Hospital, Gentiva Home Healthcare Services,  Home Instead Senior Care, and Lutheran Services Carolinas / Trinity Ridge / Trinity Village.  In addition, the conference’s Lunch Sponsor is Senior Information Resources (Sir), and Bayada Home Health Care is the Breakfast Sponsor.

Frances S. Hall, Co-Founder, ACAPcommunity states, “In the U.S., an estimated 10 million adults are family caregivers for their parents and are facing tremendous personal, career, financial, health, psychological and social challenges as a result of caregiving responsibilities.  Family caregivers in our area face the same challenges.  This conference is designed specifically for adult-child and other family caregivers — to help us learn to balance the “juggling act” of the incredible demands and challenges so often associated with caregiving for an elder loved one as well as to become aware of wonderful resources in our area.  We invite family caregivers, particularly adult-children, as well as professionals to join us for this great conference!”