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Educational series for caregivers of elders to offer help planning for end-of-life care

Navigating the worlds of medicine, law, hospitals and nursing homes while experiencing uncertainty in unfamiliar territory can be daunting even without a sick or aging parent to care for.

Concord Hospital Trust’s Major and Planned Giving Advisory Committee will offer “My Elders,” a free educational series on caring for aging loved ones. Professionals and experts in geriatric care will present each program, which are offered free of charge. Registration is required and can be secured by calling 227-7000 ext. 5209 or emailing chtrust@crhc.org.

The topics to be covered in each event are:

Thursday, February 28 – Is It More Than Forgetfulness: How to identify the symptoms of cognitive impairment, and strategies and tools to use if your loved one is showing signs of cognitive impairment.

Thursday, March 21 – Not Getting Any Younger: What to expect from normal aging, warning signs to watch for, and available community resources.

Thursday, April 4 – Offering Support Without Threatening Independence: How to identify what assistance may benefit your parent, including options for help with meals, home maintenance, safety, transportation; clinical and emotional care, and how to find them. This session will also cover how to prepare advance directives and advanced care planning.

Thursday, April 18 – Making the Move Without Losing Control: The differences between assisted living and nursing home care; managing financial responsibilities and estate planning and available community resources.

Thursday, May 2 – Final Wishes & Requests: What are advance directives and why are they important; how to have end of life discussions and make and honor decisions.

Each session will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Concord Hospital Memorial Medical Office Building, second floor. Attendees should park in Lot E.

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