Senior Care Corner’s Tips for Family Caregivers of Seniors to Maximize the Benefits of Attending AARP’s Life@50+ National Event and Expo

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Caring for senior family members can present many challenges, among them finding answers and other resources that meet the specific needs and improve the quality of life of aging loved ones. Senior Care Corner has found that AARP’s Life@50+ National Event and Expo provides a unique opportunity for family caregivers and offers tips to help maximize the benefit of attending.

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There are representatives from many companies and government agencies ready to provide information and answer questions at the Expo” says Barry Birkett, “advance preparations can help family caregivers maximize the value of attending.

Caring for senior family members can present many challenges, among them finding answers and other resources that meet the specific needs and improve the quality of life of aging loved ones. Senior Care Corner has found that AARP’s Life@50+ National Event and Expo provides a unique opportunity for family caregivers and offers tips to help maximize the benefit – for both caregivers and those for whom they care – of attending the event.

AARP puts on its annual (expanding to separate Spring and Fall events in 2013) event as a showcase for it and its sponsors. Between the sessions and the exhibitors at the Expo – especially the Expo – family caregivers can find a number of ways to learn and even get answers to questions specific to the needs of individual senior loved ones.

“There are representatives from many companies and government agencies ready to provide information and answer questions at the Expo” says Barry Birkett of Senior Care Corner, “advance preparations can help family caregivers maximize the value of attending.”

Senior Care Corner Tips for Family Caregivers

Based on their own attendance at the event in the past, Senior Care Corner has these tips for family caregivers.

  •     Print a list of the exhibits for the Expo and keep track of the questions that arise from or about your senior loved ones and their care that are relevant to each. This would include Alzheimer’s and dementia, nutrition, hearing and other specific medical questions.
  •     Make a list of senior loved ones’ medical needs and assistive equipment, such as hearing aids (including the battery used), prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications and supplements.
  •     Compile financial issues, accounts and questions, such as those that are related to insurance, Social Security, Medicare and pensions.
  •     Prepare a schedule of sessions that are of interest and time(s) to visit the Expo to be sure to cover everything that’s needed. Check the Expo hours and leave enough time to visit all the exhibitors for whom there are questions and at least a couple hours more to scout out what the others have to offer.
  •     Leave plenty of room in luggage to accommodate information and giveaways picked up at the Expo.
  •     Scout out activities and site-seeing around the event location or on the way and leave extra time so the trip also provides a needed break and relaxation.
  •     Arrange for others who are trusted to provide replacement caregiving to minimize worry about senior loved ones and make the trip a true getaway.

These tips can help make the trip to AARP’s Annual Event beneficial to both senior loved ones and caregivers.

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Senior Care Corner (on the web at SeniorCareCorner.com) provides solutions, information and tools to family caregivers and others who care for and about senior adults to help them improve the lives of the seniors in their lives. Their blog, biweekly podcast and bookstore address a wide variety of topics family caregivers can use to better understand the wants and needs of their senior loved ones.

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