SUN CITY CENTER – Statistics show that caring for the needs of someone you love can be hazardous to your health.
“Sixty percent of caregivers pre-decease their loved ones,” said Debbie Caneen, director of admissions at Sun Towers. “They’re so busy caring for those they love they neglect themselves and their own needs.”
That’s the reason Sun Towers is hosting its second annual Caregiver Symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Community Hall.
Everyone can benefit, Caneen said.
“Even if you’re in perfect health now, you should prepare for the future because if you live to be 80, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll develop some form of dementia. It’s important to recognize this and prepare accordingly.
“And if you’re caring for someone now, this symposium offers information and resources to make your life easier.”
Last year 300 people attended the event, and Caneen hopes for 500 this year.
“We started this symposium to provide tools to our senior population that will help it better handle the aging process,” she said.
Morning sessions will include the following topics:
• Coping with Caregiver Stress, Eileen Poiley, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute
• Developing a Caregiver Plan, Genevieve Faulk, Aging Care Advocates
• Common Sense Approach to Avoiding Popular Scams, Mike Pierce, Stetson University
• New Power of Attorney Law: Top 10 changes you need to be aware of, Amanda Wolf, Wolf Elder Law
• Don’t Let Your Children Inherit Your Nursing Home Bill, Mike Wills, Morgan Stanley
Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP in advance.
In the afternoon, the following sessions will be offered:
• Understanding Dementia Care video by Teepa Snow, Scott Fox, Senior Helpers
• How to Prepare for the Move to a Retirement Community, Damon Glisson, Damon Glisson Law Office
• Technologies to Help Caregivers, Meredith Rowe, USF Health
• Dementia Hospital Caregiving Wristband Project, author Gary Le Blanc
Each of the speakers will have vendor tables where individual questions can be asked. They will be among 30 senior health-care vendors exhibiting.
Caregivers can arrange free care and lunch for their loved ones during the symposium through Senior Helpers, provided they RSVP before Oct. 29.
You can attend as many or as few of the sessions as you like or simply come see the exhibits, Caneen said. The event is open to the public.
To RSVP or for additional information, call (813) 634-3347.