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photo of caregiver and elderly gentlemanMichelle Bruns
Caregiver Connection Manager, Department of Aging

Frustration, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed are a large part of caregiving for a loved one.  Sometimes you feel like you are isolated and there is no relief in sight.  Baltimore County Department of Aging understands your feelings and seeks to provide resources and tools to empower and care for yourself.

Plan ahead for your loved one’s safety and security by attending this year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference.  Doors will open at 8:45 a.m. and close around 12 noon on Saturday, April 5 at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville 21228. There is no admission charge. A light breakfast and beverages will be served. Guest speakers will inform the audience about basic legal considerations, safe driving tips and transportation alternatives, and proper hands-on care techniques. Resource tables highlighting BCDA will be available throughout the morning, staffed by specialists in the field of aging and disabilities.

Here are some comments we heard from last year’s conference:

“I attended the Annual Caregivers Mini-Conference with my mother because she is the primary caregiver for my father, her husband of 56 years. She and I had been overwhelmed with his stubbornness to accept additional care and help for his increasing medical needs,” stated a family caregiver after last year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference.

photo of woman and her mother“The conference was very helpful in the way we learned about new resources and tips to bolster his acceptance of care. To see my mother more positive about her caregiving was priceless to me, as her only daughter. We went in to the conference feeling burned out and came out with new suggestions and a brighter attitude about our situation.”

If you are a family member caring for an older adult in the Baltimore area, you owe it to yourself to come out for half a day to refresh yourself in your role as caregiver. All are welcome. No pre-registration; just come that day! For more information, contact 410-887-4724.


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