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Aurora Health Center hosts caregiver series beginning Feb. 5

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The latest statistics reveal that 25% of Americans are caregivers for an older family member or friend. Approximately 25% to 40% of women care for both their older relatives and their children. On top of their care giving responsibilities, half of all caregivers also work outside the home.

The Aurora Geriatric Assessment Center is pleased to present its "Caring for Aging Loved Ones'' series beginning Monday, Feb. 5. The 6-week sessions focus on a number of topics and issues relative to caregivers including dementia, communication challenges, long term care, advanced directives and transportation alternatives, to name a few. There is also a special session dedicated specifically for the caregiver that focuses on ways caregivers can take care of themselves. The series is supported by a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.

Sessions will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., starting Mon., Feb. 5 and will proceed on the following dates: Feb. 12 -- Memory Issues; Feb. 26 -- Understanding Medicare C & D; March 5 -- Evening Dedicated to the Caregiver; March 12 -- Living Arrangements; and March 26 -- Driving Issues. All sessions will be held at Aurora Health Center in Racine, 8348 Washington Ave., in the large conference room. A light supper will be served.

To register, please call 800-499-5736 or click here. Participants may attend all sessions or just those that are most relevant. All sessions are free.

"The demands of care giving can become overwhelming for people,'' said Jill Wilson, manager, Aurora Geriatric Assessment Center. "Our series is designed to provide help and support to caregivers who care for a loved one. The need for caregiver support is apparent in our community, and given the demographics of a growing aging population, equipping families with the proper tools will be an important part of helping families coordinate the care of aging loved ones.''

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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