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Annual Caregivers Summit will educate, reinvigorate

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The Aging and Disability Resources of Colorado (ADRC) and the Community Living Services program of the Area Agency on Aging and Region 10, in conjunction with many health care and long-term care service providers, are hosting the fourth annual Caregiver Summit and Retreat on Tuesday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 16731 Woodgate Road, Montrose.

Caregivers are invited to join in an educational and networking opportunity to strengthen and reinvigorate caregivers who are providing care to loved ones of any age. The cost to attend the summit is $15 per caregiver and includes lunch, educational materials, networking and a resource book full of information to support caregivers.

The summit will host a variety of educational opportunities and vendors to help inform caregivers on subjects such as "Understanding Mental Health Issues with Seniors," "Managing Grief," "Mindfulness and Caregiving," "Connecting with Your Care Team," "The Power in Self-Determination," "Resources for Supporting Independence," and more.

The theme of this year's summit is "Building Your Care Team" and will feature speakers from AARP and Cardinal Life, The Center for Mental Health, Region 10, Senior CommUnity Care and Volunteers of America.

This year's keynote speaker is Jane Barton, founder of Cardinal Life, author of "Caregiving for the GENIUS," and national speaker on aging and illness and its effects on caregivers and seniors. Barton's address is titled "Compassion Fatigue - When It Hurts to Care."

Attendees will be able to select additional educational presentations that will help add to their skills as a caregiver and other unique experiences to further their understanding of aging and caregiving.

While at the summit, caregivers will also have a chance to enjoy networking with other caregivers to increase their support network and speak with professionals from a variety of service providers in the region. Lunch will be provided by Jammer's BBQ. Relaxing treatments including massage and other services will be available to caregivers in the "pamper" room.

For those who are unable to leave their loved one to attend, a retreat staffed by licensed professionals including nurses, CNAs and a certified therapeutic recreational specialist will be available, where they can be safely cared for while attending the summit and pamper rooms. The retreat is free to those in attendance of the summit. There are also options for in-home respite, if needed, also free of charge. Interested caregivers can arrange for retreat care when registering for the event.

To register for the Caregiver Summit, go to http://www.region10.net/event/caregiver-summit-retreat-2/ or call Region 10 at 970-765-3125.

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