OTTUMWA — Old age is never easy for anyone, but caring full time for an elder may not be easy either.
From 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Bridge View Center, Milestones Area Agency on Aging is hosting its ninth annual family caregiver conference with the hope of providing information to caregivers on assisting those they care for. Family Caregiver Specialist Joan Nydle is coordinating the event.
Nydle said the conference is not only a way to access information on caregiving tips, but also pay tribute to the hard work caregivers do. Chad Eichorn, an elder law attorney, will talk about the importance of having an attorney and Medicaid. The second speaker will be Desi Payne, a motivational speaker who will talk about the importance of using laughter to alleviate stress.
Nydle said having Payne come in will be helpful because then she could pass on Payne’s perspective to others.
“Some of them are there 24/7 with their loved one or even face the hard decision of putting the loved ones, maybe their parents or spouse, into a nursing home or facility, the guilt and all that, so she’s there to help relieve some of the stress and look on the bright side for them because lots of the time the caregivers go first,” Nydle said.
The conference is also a way for others to learn about the services Milestones Agency provides.
“Every year, there is a new caregiver that didn’t know they would be in that position,” she said. “So every year there’s a new group of caregivers, and those things are for them.”
The conference is free and refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not needed but appreciated. For more information or to RSVP contact Nydle at 641-684-1016.