A conference for caregivers

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By Devynn Barnes

Applegate

Applegate

Being a caregiver, whether professional or voluntary, is a job that takes sacrifice and dedication. As the baby boomer generation continues to grow older, caregiving is becoming more and more needed, and the demands more pressing. In response to this growth in need, Carol Applegate prompted the Voice of Aging company.

Applegate is an attorney with Applegate Elder Law, as well as a registered nurse. Recognizing the extremely difficult job caregivers across central Indiana have, the Voice of Aging and its upcoming event in April was born.

“What motivated us to start this caregiving conference was that most of time we’re dealing with families of the elderly- it’s touching the lives at all of us at one point,” Applegate said. “It’s a difficult process to have to make all the decisions we need to make for our elderly parents.”

The Voice of Aging event will focus on supporting caregivers and giving them the information and resources they need.

“They can get a lot of information in a short period of time that will help them through this process,” Applegate said.

The conference will be held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 22. The morning will begin with a panel featuring caregiving experts, and will center around the future of family caregiving. The keynote speaker, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, will speak at lunchtime about her personal caregiving experience and what she has learned from it. Dr. Snyderman is the NBC News Chief Medical Editor, an AARP contributor, a physician and a health care advocate. Hailing from Fort Wayne, Dr. Snyderman is extremely familiar with the Indiana health care system and is ready to share her knowledge in her talk, “My Life as a Caregiver.”

To close out the day, a number of caregiver conversation roundtables will be held, where attendees can ask specific questions to experts regarding finance, elder law, healthcare, and the emotional and social aspects of aging.

To register for the conference, visit www.voiceofaging.com. Any caregiver, professional or not, or person with an interest in caregiving, can register. The cost is $45 per person, $35 for those ages 65 and up.

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