La Plata, MD – The 24th Annual Southern Maryland Caregivers’ Conference is being held Friday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center (1210 Charles St, La Plata).  This one-day event is designed for the family caregiver to gain knowledge and skills in caring for older people.

The $30 conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, conference materials, exposure to service providers in the exhibition area, and the opportunity to attend professionally presented educational sessions on the following topics:

  • Planning for caregiving
  • Understanding Medicare, Medicaid and the costs of long term care
  • Community based services
  • Activities for persons with dementia
  • Stress Management
  • End of life decision making
  • Hospice
  • Palliative Care
  • Medication Management
  • Oral Health and the older adult
  • Safe caregiving at home
  • Diabetes Management
  • Treating Depression
  • Mental health first aid for the older adult
  • Keeping fit and caregiving

The conference is sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services, Aging and Senior Programs Division, and the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Pre-registration and payment is required by Friday, April 8.  For additional information or to register, contact Cindy Olmsted, Long-Term Care Coordinator at 301-934-0128 or email. Those citizens with special needs please contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.