Avenidas Announces 9th Annual Caregiver Conference

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Avenidas in Palo Alto, Cali., has partnered with Home Instead Senior Care to sponsor its Ninth Annual Avenidas Caregiver Conference on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Mountain View Senior Center, which is located at 266 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View, California 94040.

Avenidas, a non-profit agency that helps older adults age successfully, recently announced their upcoming 9th annual Caregiver Conference. The conference will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center and will offer expert guidance, support, information, camaraderie and a wealth of resources for caregivers and family members.

Workshops address key issues relevant to seniors and their caregivers, including help for hoarding, dementia caregiving, fall prevention, medications, burn out and many other insightful topics presented by psychologists, therapists and leaders in the industry. Event sponsors include Lytton Gardens Senior Communities, Home Care Assistance, Palo Alto Commons, Matched Caregivers, Harrell Remodeling and many others.

"We know many family members don't consider themselves caregivers, and therefore they don't always look for help or resources," said Lisa Hendrickson, CEO of Avenidas. "That's why it is so important to us that they come to the conference, find out they are not alone, and see all the experts and services they can turn to for assistance."

The keynote address, "Caregiving Step #1: Forgive Yourself" will be given by Fred Luskin, Ph.D, the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He also serves as the Co Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Project at Ground Zero in Manhattan. Dr. Luskin will discuss how to "be gentle with yourself as you deal with one of life's significant challenges, and learn how to practice forgiving yourself and the one you care for."

Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to tour the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center immediately following the conference. Avenidas is offering an Early Registration Special of $35.00, which will increase to $45.00 after September 7th. Registration for the conference includes lunch, a message from the keynote speaker, Avenidas' "Where to Live" Housing Guide, a choice of three workshops, access to sponsors, and the opportunity to win prizes. For more information and to register for the caregiver conference, call (650) 289-5435 or visit http://www.avenidas.org/.

About the company:
Avenidas seeks to create a community that supports and celebrates older adults. They provide a wide range of support options, information, and services that enable people to stay active, maintain their independence, help their aging parents, or care for a spouse. Their innovative programs and compassionate staff (paid and volunteer)help enrich the lives of more than 6,500 mature adults and their families each year.

A community-based nonprofit organization, Avenidas serves the San Francisco Bay Area mid-Peninsula communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, and Mountain View. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.avenidas.org/.

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