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AARP Programs to Provide Info, Support to Caregivers

AARP Utah is sponsoring a series of events called CAREversations, designed for people who provide care for others. (bbtomaas/iStockphoto)
AARP Utah is sponsoring a series of events called CAREversations, designed for people who provide care for others. (bbtomaas/iStockphoto)
July 28, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A series of programs set for August aims to ease the burden on those who care for others. AARP Utah will sponsor several CAREversations,events targeting the more than 380,000 Utahns who provide unpaid care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones.

The events were designed to get caregivers together to share experiences and understand that they are not alone, said Jill Duke, community outreach director with AARP Utah.

"It really does help them see that the many things they are feeling, other people have those same type of situations,” Duke said. “They're able to connect and they really can see that many times they're all facing the same issues."

There are six sessions scheduled in three different locations in the Salt Lake City area on August 2, 14 and 23. Each location will have two 90-minute sessions.

According to Duke, the CAREversations program was developed using AARP's Prepare to Care planning guide, which provides five clear steps to help family caregivers.

"There's also the facilitator of the event who will guide them with some conversation about how they can find the resources that they need and get the information so that they have the support they need to be a caregiver,” Duke said.

Once the CAREversations event is over, she said, caregivers will continue to receive support from AARP.

"Of course, AARP has some really good resources. First off, our website on caregiving,” Duke said. "You can even talk to a person and have a live chat, express your stress, even at midnight."

There is no charge for the events and AARP membership is not required to attend.

For more information or to register for an event, call 1-800-278-1045 or visit the AARP website.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service - UT