Hickory – ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents), in partnership with Western Piedmont Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and Catawba Regional Hospice, presents its third annual ACAPcommunity conference, “Meaningful Tools  for Caregivers,” a one-day FREE seminar designed for persons caring for elders adult-children, other family members, friends and professionals.  The conference, scheduled for Friday, November 3, 9:00am-3:00pm, will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, 1880 2nd Avenue NW, Hickory, NC and will include breakfast and lunch.  Four nursing contact hours will be available for $10.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is necessary. The deadline for registration is Monday,  October 30.  To register for the conference or for additional information, please visit www.wpcog.org, www.ACAPcommunity.org, or call 828-485-4256.

The conference keynote speaker, Mark Hensley, Dementia Services Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, will help attendees understand “When Is It Time To Ask For Help?”  He will help attendees identify thresholds at which additional resources may be useful in a caregiving situation and appropriate resources that may be considered.

Other conference presentations are: “Is London Bridge Falling Down? Falls Prevention and Management Strategies for Older Adults,” presented by Sue Friguglietti, DHA, MA, OTL/R, Associate Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, School of Occupational Therapy, Lenoir-Rhyne University; “Food for Thought,” presented by Kevin Bailey, MS, RD, Regional Healthcare Chain Manager, Gordon Food Service; and “Caregiver Technology 101,” presented by January Brown, BS, Family Caregiver Support Specialist, Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging.

Gold sponsors for the 2017 ACAP conference are Catawba Valley Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Kindred at Home, Lutheran Services Carolinas / Trinity Ridge / Trinity Village, and PACE@Home.  The conference’s silver sponsors are BAYADA Home Healthcare and Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation.  Adult Life Programs and Sir (Senior Information Resources) are bronze sponsors for the conference.

Frances S. Hall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ACAP community, states, “In the Unifour, there are an estimated 10,000 adults providing support, advocacy and/or hands-on caregiving for their aging parents.  With adult-child caregivers comprising approximately 3% of our nation’s population, many more reside in surrounding counties.  These family members undergird and enhance elders’ lives and are the backbone of their medical support.  However, unpaid caregivers face significant personal, career, financial, health, psychological social and relational issues. “Meaningful Tools for Caregivers” will provide information, resources and support, helping adult-children of aging parents, other family members and professionals become stronger supports, advocates and caregivers for their aging loved ones and clients.”