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Seminar for Caregivers at UH Maui College, July 15

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A free caregivers seminar and workshop focusing on dementia and brain health will take place at UH Maui College’s Pilina multi-purpose room on July 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Attendees can learn how to better care for loved ones, get connected to resources and information, and meet other caregivers at the workshop. Photo Courtesy

Strategies for improving brain health, coping with dementia and what to do when a loved one is hospitalized are a few of the topics that will be discussed.

“Caring for family is a tough job and education and training is a way to ease the stress of caregiving,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director for AARP Hawaiʻi.

Attendees will learn how to better care for loved ones, get connected to resources and information, and meet other caregivers at the workshop.

Gerontologists Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier and Lynsey Capone-Smith will also discuss the latest research on brain health and dementia, steps to take to improve your brain health and strategies for understanding and coping with challenging dementia behavior.

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Audrey Suga-Nakagawa, AARP Hawaiʻi’s Director of Advocacy, will update national and local policies that affect caregivers and those wishing to age at home. Suga-Nakagawa will also talk about the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, a new law that takes effect July 1, that helps caregivers when a loved one goes into the hospital.

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The law provides three basic rights:

· Provides the patient with an opportunity to designate a family caregiver on their medical record.
· Requires the hospital to notify the caregiver before a patient is discharged or transferred to another facility.
· Requires hospitals to offer instructions on the medical tasks you will need to perform at home after a patient is discharged.

Call 1-877-926-8300 or click here to register as space is limited.

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