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Share the Care, Inc. Addresses Impact of “Silver Tsunami” by Hosting 14th Annual Caregiver Forum in Maitland, Florida, September 19-20, 2013

September 12, 2013

The two-day, one night event will feature inspirational and educational sessions for family caregivers as well as a special 5-session CEU educational track on Person-Centered Care for professional caregivers.

[ORLANDO, FLORIDA]—Share the Care (STC) hosts its 14th Annual Caregiver Forum at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida on September 19th and 20th.  This annual event is designed to inspire, encourage, educate and strengthen Central Floridians who are caring for an adult family member or friend who needs help caring for themselves.  The cost is only $75 and limited, need-based scholarships are available.

Often referred to as “the silent patient” because they focus on the needs of their sick and/or frail loved one while neglecting their own health, family caregivers experience higher levels of depression and are at greater risk for developing their own health problems.  The Caregiver Forum will offer these unsung heroes a much needed, one-night/two-day retreat from their caregiving responsibilities.  Attendees will participate in a host of encouraging, educational seminars focused on meeting their very real needs as caregivers at a very affordable cost. They will also enjoy special meals and entertainment as well as an inspirational keynote presentation by one of Central Florida’s favorite sons, Charlie Stuart, who will share his own family’s experience with family caregiving for his mother Vicki.

This year for the first time, Share the Care’s Caregiver Forum will also offer a special educational track on “Person Centered Care” for professional caregivers (e.g., professionals working in assisted living facilities, home health or home care organizations, long-term care providers, etc.). Nationally renowned speakers will present at the five Person-Centered Care sessions. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be provided through the Florida Gerontology Nurses Association to nurses who attend.  The cost of the Person-Centered Care track for professionals is $100.

“The need to educate and support family caregivers and professional caregivers is on the rise” says Share the Care, Inc. CEO, Mary Ellen Grant. “Recently we’ve started to hear more and more about the coming ‘Silver Tsunami’ – the growing numbers of aging Baby Boomers who will likely, at some point in their aging process, need caregiving assistance.”  Often that assistance comes from an adult child who is still in the workplace or from a spouse who is also aging and has medical needs of their own.  In addition, with such large numbers of residents aging all at the same time, there is a growing demand for increasing numbers of well-trained professional caregivers to provide assistance when family caregivers are not available or able.  “This year’s Caregiver Forum will address the needs of both – the family caregiver who is in need of emotional and physical refreshment and the professional caregiver who can benefit from a fresh perspective on keeping their patients and clients at the center of all they do.”

For registration information or other inquiries about the Caregiver Forum or for the Person Centered Care track, please contact Kim Fairall at 407.423.5311 or at kfairall@helpforcaregivers.org.


Share the CareTM is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that has been providing compassionate services to family caregivers in Orange and Seminole counties since 1986. The mission is to provide services, education, training and support to family caregivers, enabling them to maintain their family member at home, delaying or eliminating the need for institutional care.  For more information, call 407.423.5311 or visit www.helpforcaregivers.org.

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