NIU, NIAAA to host workshops for caregivers

DEKALB—Caregivers with questions about Medicare drug benefits, legal affairs and their own emotions can find answers at two upcoming workshops sponsored by Northern Illinois University and the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

The free workshops are scheduled for Thursday, July 29, at NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State St., and for Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studios, 203 E. Seminary in Mt. Carroll. Both workshops take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

“Caregiving is vital to our national health. It is vital to our personal health, and our loved ones need and rely on us. But caregiving is difficult, stressful, complex and loaded with issues,” said Alan Robinson, director of outreach for the NIU College of Health and Human Services. “This workshop will address important topics. If for no other reason, come to receive a free Resource Directory of Benefits and Services for Older Adults and Caregivers.”

Topics include the pros and cons of the Medicare drug benefit plan, power of attorney, where to turn for help, how to handle long-distance care, how to advocate for an aging parent, how to cope with the emotions of caregiving and how to care for yourself as a caregiver.

Registration is not required, but is requested. Call (815) 753-0031 for more information or to register.

Speakers at both sessions are Allen Ottens, an assistant professor in the NIU College of Education, and Bob Cleveland, a service provider with the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Attorneys Paul J. Cain and Ann Switzer, of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, will speak at the July 29 workshop. Attorney Catherine Ritts of Prairie State Legal Services will speak at the Aug. 5 workshop.

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