Are you, or do you know anyone who's a caregiver? You may not even think of yourself as a caregiver, but if you check one or more of the following statements, you are:
Friday, March 22nd is the 18th annual Caregiver Conference at Christ the King Church in Bellingham. It is a wonderful day for caregivers to be cared for. There are several speakers, including Emmy Award winning actress Tracey Conway. Breakout sessions cover topics like activities for those with memory loss, memoir writing, how to avoid scams, and many others. Oh, and FOOD, there's lots of FOOD.
The cost is $25 for family caregivers, and scholarships are available. For information or to register, go to www.elderserviceproviders.org. I've been a part of the volunteer group that plans this event for several years now, and the feedback we get every year is wonderful. Caregivers love that they have a day to themselves to be the ones taken care of. If you're not a caregiver, but you know someone who is, pass it along!
Often, when a loved one has dementia, one of the biggest fears is that they will wander, which of course is a very dangerous situation. The Whatcom County Sheriff's Department has a program in place to help locate people quickly and return them safely. Here is an excerpt from the Alzheimer Society newsletter, explaining how it works:
Each Project Lifesaver client is provided a one-ounce electronic bracelet that emits a unique radio signal 24 hours a day. Each bracelet is encoded with not only name and typical identifying features, but also idiosyncratic characteristics that can aid the search team in approaching the client, gaining their trust and putting them at ease for the journey home.
When a client wanders anywhere in Whatcom County, a call to 9-1-1 by the caregiver will trigger a rapid response by a specialized team within the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department. A search to locate that client's unique radio signal is started as soon as possible.
If you know of someone who might benefit from Project Lifesaver, please call the Alzheimer Society at 360-671-3316 or 800-493-3959 for further information.
If you are interested in volunteering your time for this important program, please call the Alzheimer Society.
When I meet with clients, we talk about the idea of using long term care insurance as a supplement to their own assets and income. I would love for everyone to have a huge monthly benefit that will last a lifetime, but that's not usually realistic, or even practical.
There is a lot of information out there about Long Term Care Insurance, and a lot of changes in the industry, especially in the last several months. I have clients come to me who have tried to sort through the information themselves, but it is overwhelming. There are several companies to choose from and many benefit choices. Having a basic understanding of how the insurance works is really important before looking at the various plans out there.
Local CPA, Siobhan Murphy, is holding another of her awesome workshops in October, "Crafting Your Business: From Vision to Results". You can be a business owner or a wanna-be to benefit from Siobhan's expertise.