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Free aging, caregiving educational series coming to South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) will present a free aging and caregiver educational series next month in South Lake Tahoe.

The series provides tools and strategies to help family caregivers of older adults handle the unique challenges they face.

The five-week series will be held from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 7, at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel located at 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe.

Series dates and topics include:

Oct. 7 — Disaster Preparedness Planning: Learn about emergencies and how to prepare for them, including how to create a personal support network, make a “stay healthy” kit, plan for an evacuation and more.

Oct. 14 — Effective Communication Strategies: Learn to decode verbal and behavioral communication with people who have a cognitive functioning loss. Leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle and late stage dementia.

Oct. 21 — What is Dementia? Symptoms, Types and Diagnosis: Learn more about dementia. While dementia is common (up to half of those aged 85 or older may have a form of dementia), it isn’t a normal part of aging.

Oct. 28 — Caring for the Caregiver: Mindful Self Care: Learn how to “take time” for self-care, and explore resources for solace and respite from caregiving.

Nov. 4 — What is Elder Abuse and How to Prevent It?: Learn about different types of elder abuse (physical, emotional, financial, criminal vs. civil, etc.), how to prevent abuse and how to protect yourself and loved ones.

Participants of the educational series may attend one or all of the classes.

The classes are free of charge, although donations are accepted.

The classes are given by local subject matter experts as an educational opportunity only; no solicitation of services is presented.

Advanced registration is requested, but not required. Call 530-621-6151 to register or for information.

The educational series is provided by the El Dorado County FCSP, and In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority, in partnership with El Dorado County Income Support, Senior Legal Services, and the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For information about additional services for older adults and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit http://www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx.




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