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September 17, 2013 > Free seminar series addresses challenges of caregivers

Free seminar series addresses challenges of caregivers

Submitted By Jim Zelinski

Often overlooked in the long struggle with a debilitating illness are the needs of the caregiver. In conjunction with the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford Cancer Institute, and the Stanford Health Library, the Fremont-based Cancer Prevention Institute of California is sponsoring a biweekly, free seminar series at Stanford's Health Library in Palo Alto where experts, family, and professional caregivers will address the unique challenges that caregivers face each day and long-term.

Seven seminars are scheduled from September 12 to January 9, 2014. The seminars are not restricted to any specific disease or condition and will address such topics as the evolution of living with an illness; a shifting sense of self; handling isolation; juggling needs, priorities, and responsibilities; medical management; talking with family, friends, and medical personnel; and managing emotions and finances.

Panels will include experts from Stanford, KARA (a volunteer, care-giving organization in the Bay Area), Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Avenidas (a Palo Alto organization for elder care services), Benefits Education Center of San Francisco, family caregivers, an insurance specialist, and an estate attorney.

Upcoming seminars:
Sept. 26: It's Not Just about You - Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Oct. 10: I'm So Tired - Strategies for Taking Care of Yourself
Oct. 24: Please Listen to Me - Having the Important Conversations
Nov. 7: I Can't Do It All - Getting Help Caring For A Loved One
Nov. 21: Where Will the Money Come From? Navigating the Legal and Financial Aspects of Caregiving
Jan. 9: At the End of the Day, How Can I Care for Myself? Identifying Resources and Coping Skills for Health Care Professionals

All seminars are free; reservations are required for each seminar. Space is limited to 50 people per seminar. To register, please call (650) 498-7826.

Caregiver Seminars
Thursday, Sept 12 to Thursday, Jan 9
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Stanford Health Library
211 Quarry Rd., Suite 201, Palo Alto
(650) 725-8400
(650) 498-7826 to register
Free, Reservations are required

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