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Local conference to address aging and caregivers

Sun Advocate publisher

Beth McLeod

The Caregivers Conference, sponsored by Active Re-Entry and the Southeastern Utah Area Agency on Aging, is scheduled for April 23, at 10 South Fairgrounds Road in Price.

Pulitzer Prize nominee, Beth Witrogen McLeod is the keynote speaker. A double Pulitzer Prize nominee, including one for Caregiving, The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal, she states, "whether it involves caring for an aging parent, an ill spouse or partner or a disabled child, caregiving takes us into a new reality quite unlike that of our usual workday life. Too often, we don't know where to find help or what questions to ask, and the health care system seems to get more complex every day."

McLeod's articles on caring, spirituality and health have been published in good Housekeeping, SELF, Family Circle, Caring, the Wall Street Journal, Aging Today, Intuition and on Web sites including WebMD, ThirdAge and YourHealthConnection.

Besides her numerous books and articles she has been a consultant to three Public Broadcasting Service programs on caregiving and has taught caregiving through the University of California Extension.

Active Re-Entry's Caregiver Conference will bring in speakers from leaders in the fields of aging, medicine, and finance.

Mary Jane Ciccarello, an attorney who specializes in Elder law, will provide valuable legal information for caregivers and seniors. She is the founding partner of the law firm of Henry and Ciccarello and has previously served as the legal services developer for the Utah State Society of Aging and Adult Services. She writes and lectures regularly on law and aging issues.

Dini Drougett, family services coordinator with the Utah Alzheimer's Association, will present information on medications for treating Alzheimer's disease. Droguett received her degree in geriatric sociology from Westminster College and has served as a clinical supervisor in Internal medicine for 22 years prior to the research. She has volunteered for the Alzheimer Association for the past 15 years.

The conference will also cover the topic of identity theft, with a presentation from the Utah Attorney General's office. This is also an important topic since identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States.

The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. Since space is limited, early registration is highly recommended. The cost is $5 for caregivers and seniors, and $35 for agency personnel. Lunch will be provided.

Deadline for registration is Friday, April 16th. For more information or to register for the conference, call Active Re-Entry at 637-4950.

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