Waushara County Department of Aging to hold Caregiver Retreat on Nov. 14

Waushara County Department of Aging and the Caregiver Coalition Team invite informal caregivers to attend a Caregiver Retreat on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the World War II Memorial Building, Wautoma. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Caregiving for a spouse, parent, or another loved one is often an around the clock, 24/7 routine. The retreat is an opportunity for caregivers to gather to learn about a variety of services and resources that help sort through many of the challenges they face.

Various agency representatives will provide information, and answer questions about in-home care, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, respite, end of life decisions, Care Trak, adaptive equipment, memory screening and more. Caregivers will have opportunities to join professionals to discuss the new Memory Café program and related dementia support services; financial eligibility related to long term care support; Medicare open enrollment; hospice services; and a person centered approach to defining and developing caregiver needs.

Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber will share lessons from his decade-plus journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. During his presentation, Schreiber will candidly describe his challenges and missteps, and highlight how compassion and humor provide comfort both to the caregiver and the person being cared for.

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