County to host caregiving conference May 25, don’t miss it!

Caregiver Conference

The Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) fields questions not only from seniors themselves, but from caregivers of all ages who may find the demands of caregiving more of a handful than they may have anticipated.

If you’re trying to balance the demands of raising children with the needs of aging family members, there’s an event coming up this month that can answer many questions — including ones you may not have thought to ask.

You have a short time left to reserve your seat at the free 16th Annual Conference on Caregiving, to be held on Wednesday, May 25, at the Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd. in Poughkeepsie. This year’s theme is “Caregiving: How to Stay on Track.” The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m.

The event is free but advance registration, proof of vaccination and masks are required; space is limited. It’ll be an outdoor event under a tent, so dress accordingly.

To make a reservation, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

There will be plenty of time for your questions and concerns, and dozens of experts and vendors will be on hand with answers and solutions.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included. The conference is organized by the OFA, the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter; MidHudson Regional Hospital; Lutheran Care; Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid Hudson Valley; Hudson Valley Hospice; and community member Cathy Regan.

How to live to 119

Kane Tanaka of Fukuoka, Japan, held the title of world’s oldest verified living person until her death last month at age 119. Her secret to long life? “Being myself,” she told reporters at her nursing home in 2019. Her diet? Not just the classic Japanese diet that’s credited with being a contributing factor toward Japan having the world’s oldest population.

Working on an American military base after World War II, she discovered she quite enjoyed the taste of Coca-Cola and chocolate.

Perhaps the most important factor for her was living within a community that values and respects long life — and that’s one of the Office for the Aging’s goals as well.

 

Golden Living is prepared by Dutchess County OFA Director Todd N. Tancredi, who can be reached at 845-486-2555, ofa@dutchessny.gov or via the OFA website at www.dutchessny.gov/aging.

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