The goal of the expo is to provide attendees with the resources and tools they need to make educated, informed decisions and to understand what options are available to them
Chicago, IL (Vocus) November 3, 2010
Alternatives for Seniors will present Caregiver Expo10 – a free event featuring informational seminars and exhibits relating to the growing number of family caregivers struggling with the challenges of caring for elderly patients, parents or loved ones – on Saturday, November 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm a the Doubletree Hotel, 1909 Spring Road in Oak Brook. The expo is for caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals, and anyone else interested in learning about senior living care and housing.
People can get more information about Caregiver Expo10 and register for the event at Alternativesforseniors.com or by calling 888/600-9516.
Caregiver Expo10 is being held in conjunction with National Family Caregiver Month, which is observed every November. National Family Caregiver Month is a nationally recognized time to focus attention on the more than 65 million family caregivers who provide 80% of our nation’s long term-care services. Confirmed seminars topics and speakers include:
*Hope, Health, Housing and Healing - Honoring Family and Professional Caregivers
Maya Hennessey- National Family Caregivers, 10:15 to 11:00 am
*Housing Overview - Robert A. Werdan, Vice President, Marketing and Sales Presbyterian Homes, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
*Understanding & Responding to People with Dementia - Chris Garnaat, Manager, Consumer & Corporate Education Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter, 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
*Learn the Three C’s: Care, Choices and Coordination – Donna Sierzega McNally, RN MSN, Vice President Integrated Services, Addus HealthCare, Inc., 1:00 to 1:45 pm
*Don’t Go Broke in the Aging Process - Anthony B. Ferraro, Attorney, CPA, Law offices of Anthony B. Ferraro, 1:00 to 1:45 pm
*Climbing the Mountain of Caregiving: Surviving and Thriving - Carol Cummings RN, Manager of Optimum Life and Wellness Programs, Brookdale Senior Living, 2:00 to 2:45 pm
*Six Steps to a Secure Retirement, Fred Macaluso, VP - Investment Officer, Well Fargo Advisors, LLC, 2:00 to 2:45 pm
“The goal of the expo is to provide attendees with the resources and tools they need to make educated, informed decisions and to understand what options are available to them,” says Anita Kremer, president of Alternatives for Seniors. “Whether their needs are immediate or in the future, there will be something of interest and value for everyone. Area exhibitors represent associations, attorneys, senior housing and care, home care, insurance, and other products and services of interest.”
Every eight seconds for the next 18 years a member of the baby boom generation – the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – will reach age 62, and with new medical advances they are expected to live longer, as are their parents. According to http://www.agingstats.gov, by the end of 2010 there will be an estimated 40 million people over 65 and 5 million over 85 living in the U.S. By 2030 those numbers will rise exponentially.
According to http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org, family caregivers provide an estimated $375 billion worth of free care giving services each year. Family caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week caring for their loved ones.
Event sponsors for Caregiver Expo10 include National Family Caregivers Association, Chicagoland’s Senior News - 50 and Better, Alzheimer’s Association, Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Centre, K & B Financial, Inc., and Lexington Health Network. For exhibit and sponsorship information, people may contact Denise Mazzetti at 800/350-0770, ext. 205 or denise(at)alternativesforseniors(dot)com. For interviews with Anita Kremer, please call 800/350-0770.
About Alternatives for Seniors
Since 1992, Alternatives for Seniors has been a preferred, valued and comprehensive resource for information about senior housing and services. The semi-annual print and online senior housing directory includes information about nursing centers, assisted living, retirement communities, home health care and other service agencies. Additional information on topics such as Medicare and Medicaid, Alzheimer’s and Dementia and what to look for when visiting a care facility can also be found in the guidebooks. Nation-wide information can be found at the website.
The directories are distributed free to seniors, caregivers, healthcare centers, libraries, social/governmental organizations, home health care organizations and at other locations where seniors and their families can obtain them at no charge. Currently, there are 9 regional editions of the guidebook extensively distributed throughout their market areas in Michigan, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Ohio. The Chicago and Suburban Areas edition reaches more than 180,000 individuals annually with an estimated readership of 450,000.
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