Family Caregiver Panel
Musetta Wollenweber | 11/14/08
National Family Caregivers Month
In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, the Silver Foxes Den will host a panel of experts in the field of care giving options and needs. The panel will consist of Barbara Scoville, Ombudsmen for SW Colorado San Juan Area Agencies on Aging; Elaine Stumpo, Director of SW Alzheimer’s Association; and Crystal Coughlin, owner of Safer Living, Pagosa Springs. As the Ombudsmen, Barbara is available to provide information and direction with loved ones in care facilities; Elaine Stumpo has been the director of the SW Alzheimer’s Association for over 10 years and has a wealth of information and guidance for any family member care for someone with Alzheimer’s; and Crystal Coughlin established Safer Living in 2004 to provide in-home care and support to seniors and others with limitations or persons recovering from surgery or illness. If you or someone you know is providing caregiver services to a family member or friend, you will want to attend this very informative panel presentation on Friday, November 14 at 10 a.m. in the Den.

Prepare to Care – A Planning Guide for Families
Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50-and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. If you have not yet begun to discuss a caregiving plan with your family, it's not too late. It doesn't matter who starts the conversation. What really matters is that every family has the opportunity to talk about and create a caregiving plan for their loved ones based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving the care.

The AARP Foundation's Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families (the following five steps are available for download  in PDF format) includes information on how to get started, questions to ask and where to find basic resources. It also includes forms that you and your caregiving team can fill out and keep on file, so that you will have all the pertinent information about your loved one and his/her financial affairs, health needs, household matters, and more in one place. Don't be discouraged if you can't answer every question or fill in every blank. The important thing is to start the conversation in a way that works for you and your family.

The comprehensive guide is divided into five steps:

Step 1: Prepare to Talk
Step 2: Form Your Team
Step 3: Assess Needs
Step 4: Make a Plan
Step 5: Take Action

Help your family "Prepare to Care" by downloading the guide at this webpage.

We recognize that we all have different needs as we age. Whether it is help navigating the maze of available government programs, assistance with managing daily finances, or making plans for difficult transitions and decisions you may face - the AARP Foundation is here to help today's seniors live their lives with dignity and independence.

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