National Family Caregiver Month Events

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National Family Caregivers Month is recognized every November to honor family caregivers: To raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate their efforts, provide information and education, increase support, and help to reduce feelings of isolation. The Agency offers three free caregiver activities in November:

Caregiver Nature Walk, 11:00 am to Noon on Tuesday, November 14, at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton. In collaboration with Five Rivers MetroParks, meet inside the Visitor Center’s 5/3 Room before walking the 1/2-mile, paved loop path that goes by highlights of the arboretum. If there is inclement weather, you can stay inside to learn about Five Rivers Metroparks’ features, meet some animal ambassadors, and learn about Five Rivers and Area Agency on Aging resources. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.

Caregiver Online Webinar, Noon to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15, on Zoom. Why Mourning Change is Necessary – Understanding Grief When the Loss Isn’t Tangible. Guest presenter Dr. Roseanne Scammahorn will discuss how to process internal grief at losing long-held dreams or plans. With these changes can come feelings of deep sadness, anxiety, fear, anger, or even loss of the sense of self. As a caregiver, you not only need to take care of yourself physically and emotionally, but your dreams, goals, and plans warrant mourning when they need to be set aside or put on pause. Registration is required by November 14 in order to receive the Zoom link.

Caregiver Retreat, Noon to 3:00 pm Saturday, November 18, at Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy. The Good Stuff Foundation of Greenville will conduct sessions for relaxation and stress-reduction techniques involving deep breathing, self-massage, and the power of sound. Additional activities may include a craft and nature walk. Oak Street Health provides lunch. Registration is required by November 10 in order to provide enough space and refreshments.

For information or to register for any of the above, please contact Caregiver Services Coordinator Mary Hairston at 937-341-6944 or mhairston@info4seniors.org.

These events are courtesy of the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, which helps older adults of West Central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity. We are an independent, private, nonprofit corporation that plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.