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County collaboration offers Caring for a Loved One: Be Prepared

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

Contact Information:

Lynette McGowan, Caregiver Support Coordinator, Larimer County Office on Aging
970-498-7758, lmcgowan@larimer.org

Larimer County, Colorado -  

Larimer County Office on Aging, in collaboration with AARP and Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado, is presenting a free program to provide much needed guidance to people who help care for older relatives or friends. If you are calling your mom every day to check on her, setting up your husband’s medications, or driving a neighbor to appointments; then this program will be beneficial to you.
 
In Larimer County alone, there is an estimated 59,000 people providing help to older relatives or people with disabilities during the year. In fact, about 80% of care given to older adults is provided by family members. However, research shows that only 19% of family members who are actively caring for a loved one recognize themselves as a caregiver. In other words, they do not ‘self-identify’.
 
This lack of identification may prevent them from looking for resources that may be of help to them in providing care to their loved ones. Without support, caregivers are more likely to have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, depression and stress-related conditions.
 
Please join others for a program which will help you find resources and support for yourself or someone you know. It will be offered on Thursday, September 19th, 1:30 – 2:30, Council Tree Library Community Room, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Ft. Collins. There is no cost or reservation required to attend.
 
For more information, contact Lynette McGowan, Caregiver Support Coordinator, Larimer County Office on Aging, (970) 498-7758, lmcgowan@larimer.org.    #####

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