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May 8, 2021
9:30 AM
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Four 30-minute workshop sessions begin at 9:30 a.m.
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Pierce County Caregiver Conference - Giving Care

Saturday, May 8, 2021

This is Day One of the 2021 Pierce County Caregiver Conference, a free 2-day event providing helpful information and resources to caregivers. Four half-hour workshop sessions on each day. Be a part of the whole day or just drop in for sessions you can make. This educational event is sponsored by Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources in collaboration with the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County.

Pierce County Caregiver Conference Online

Thousands of people in Pierce County take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition.  Being a caregiver can be a labor of love, but it can also be very stressful.  Add to that the challenges and isolation that COVID-19 has created in addition to ongoing caregiving duties has resulted in incredible challenges for personal well-being and mental health.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, in collaboration with the Health Care Providers Council, will present the 2021 Pierce County Caregiver Conference as a two-day online event on Saturday, May 8 and 15 from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.  Both Saturdays will feature four consecutive half-hour workshop sessions.  

“Caregivers are the backbone of our health care system,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “Nearly 900,000 unpaid family caregivers in Washington State provide 80% of the services their loved ones need to remain in home for as long as possible.  Often working tirelessly alone and unrecognized, these caregivers need support to prolong their ongoing caregiver activities as well as ensure their own mental and physical health stays intact while coping with related challenges.”

May 8 will focus on providing care to the care recipient.  The schedule of sessions is:
9:30 – When a Loved One Resists Care
10:05 – Using the Gift of Music
10:40 – Keeping Families in Touch Using Virtual Connections
11:15 – Sharing Purpose and Responsibility
May 15 will focus on taking care of the care giver.  The schedule of sessions is:
9:30 – Caregiver Stress, Frustration and Guilt
10:05 – When To Go To the ER and When Not To
10:40 – Involving the Whole Family in Caregiving
11:15 – Assembling Legal and Emergency Resources

The 2021 Pierce County Caregiver Conference is open to both unpaid family caregivers as well as paid caregivers.  The event is free but advance registration is required.  Information about the event and registration is available at  Handouts, workshop materials, caregiving tools and community resources will also be available on the website before and after the conference.  Paid, in-home caregivers may qualify for up to four hours of continuing education hours from DSHS.

For more information about the presentations or to register by phone, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.