Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services Holds Unpaid Care Giver Meetings

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An estimated 4 million Americans are taking care of someone over the age of 18, in their households. Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services will host a one-day workshop in El Cerrito, CA, on May 4th, for up to 20 unpaid care givers to receive information and support.

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Caregivers are often family members

The second of two unpaid care giver workshops being offered by Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is scheduled for May 4th at El Cerrito Royale, in El Cerrito, CA. The event is from 9:00-3:00 and is free. Seating is limited to 20 and advance reservations are required.

Unpaid care givers or family care givers are taking care of an estimated 1.8 million people in the U.S., 16% of California’s 11,502,870 households (Scharlach, et al., 2003). The health toll on the caregiver can be tremendous. Caregivers report added stress and loss of sleep as the two biggest health issues.

"Unless we support the people who give care, seniors who are being cared for will suffer," says Elaine Clark, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. "Unfortunately, the numbers of people staying home to care for older friends and family are growing. If funding permits, we will continue to offer training and support for unpaid caregivers."

The May event is the second session offered by Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. The first organized training was held Saturday, April 6th in Walnut Creek at the Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services office. Both training meetings were made possible from a grant from the Area Agency on Aging.

To find out more about the upcoming training in El Cerrito, CA, visit the website at http://www.mowsos.org or call the office and ask for Kathy, 925/937-8311.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is a nonprofit focused on helping seniors age in place for as long as possible. Seven programs are provided to seniors in Contra Costa County including Meals on Wheels home delivered meals; C.C. Cafe senior lunch program at senior centers throughout the County; Fall Prevention training, exercise, and in-home assessments; Friendly Visitor matching program; Home Care Registry of low-cost in-home caregivers; SOS Rides volunteer driver program: and Geriatric Care management from licensed social workers.

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