A caregiver typically wears many hats. From providing direct care, to keeping the house tidy, to handling finances, caregivers are often expected to juggle a variety of tasks and information to be able to fully care for their loved ones. Their roles and responsibilities also change over time as their loved one’s needs change. With such a depth and range of knowledge to cover, caregivers may at times be overwhelmed.
This year, Keiro is co-presenting its annual Caregiver Conference with Orange County Buddhist Church on Saturday, May 12, with the purpose of not only recognizing the work that caregivers do, but also properly equipping them to confidently provide the quality of care older adults deserve.
The conference will feature Dr. Yuichi Edwin Yanami, Associate Medical Director at Providence Health and Services, as the keynote speaker. He will discuss a ground-breaking program that can benefit both caregivers and care recipients – Keiro and Providence’s Iyashi Care, the very first palliative care program of its kind in the United States for Japanese American and Japanese older adults. Through breakout sessions, attendees can also learn about navigating the legal challenges of aging, managing caregiver stress, red flags that an older adult needs help, hiring in-home care, and communication challenges and difficult behavior in Alzheimer’s patients.
“With nearly 57,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese caregivers in our tri-county service area, caregivers are a very important foundation for supporting the older adults in our community. It is vital that we provide the necessary tools and resources for them as they work to establish a continuum of care for their loved ones, whatever their needs may be,” says Leona Hiraoka, president and CEO of Keiro.
Additionally, attendees can seek advice during free consultations with attorneys, pharmacists and/or social workers (available by prior appointment only when you register). During the conference, a resource fair will be available on site for conference participants to access valuable information and services from a variety of vendor partners.
Registration check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., and the conference takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Keiro’s Caregiver Conference is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register, visit www.keiro.org/caregiver-conference, call Bryce Ikemura at 213.873.5708, or email email@example.com with the subject “Conference Registration.”
Keiro is a mission-driven organization engaged in improving the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers in the Japanese American and Japanese community of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. Keiro delivers a wide range of resources to address the challenges and barriers that aging presents: isolation, limited financial resources, complex health conditions, and cognitive and memory disabilities. Keiro also partners with companies and organizations that can expand its services and ability to reach seniors and caregivers, and participates in research and innovative work where Keiro can contribute to advancing progress in resolving the challenges of aging. Keiro is based in Los Angeles.
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