Elder Options Inc. is convening a community focus group on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the upstairs conference room, 82 Main St. in Placerville, to discuss issues faced by individuals who have responsibilities caring for an older adult.
Recognizing that caring for an older person may happen within the same household, within the same community or across the country, Carol Heape, MSW, CMC, executive director, strongly feels meeting about these issues can benefit the community and county as a whole.
A recent report from the SCAN Foundation states that 6 Californians provide informal care to a family member or friend and many of these informal caregivers provide care for more than three years, on average. (Fact Sheet, October 2012)
Invitations are out to members of the Alzheimer’s Support and Parkinson’s Disease Support groups along with other community residents who are recognized as formerly or currently providing informal care for a family member.
“We’re looking for individuals willing to share experiences with the group,” stated Heape. “We’ll discuss the challenges of being a caregiver, the expectations and realities of community resources, what is helpful and what is missing.”
Results of the discussion will be available to all participants.
Elder Options is hosting the luncheon to begin the community discussion on care giving issues facing many families today.
“We’re hopeful that this focus group will start the discussion on caregiving issues facing residents of El Dorado County today and in the future,” said Heape.
To receive an invitation or to make a reservation to an invitation already received, call Elder Options Inc. at 530-626-6939. Parking is available on the upper level of the offices.