Griffin Hospital’s Healthy U
program and The Valley Senior Services Council will host a talk to help
caregivers keep their loved ones safe and independent at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs.,
April 20 at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
Dawnmarie Hunter, of Visiting Nurse
Association of South Central CT, and Kim Vertrees, Community Liaison with Connecticut
In-Home Assistance Homecare, will present “Keeping Your Loved One Independent
and Safe.” The talk will explain the difference between medical and non-medical
home care, including when and why you need it, how to search for it, and how to
pay for it.
A Griffin Hospital physical
therapist will also discuss fall safety and demonstrate exercises for balance
and core strengthening, and Tara Kelly, of Griffin Hospital Lifeline, will
present information on home safety and preventing avoidable fall injuries.
The talk is part of a series that focuses
on providing information, resources and support to caregivers of seniors, especially
those of “the sandwich generation,” who are caring for a senior loved one while
still managing work and care of their children. However, the series will share information
and resources that are beneficial to anyone caring for another person.
A light dinner sponsored by Valley Senior Services
Council (VSSC) and their Valley United Way Special Needs Grant and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will be provided at 4:30 p.m. Participants are invited
to bring their loved one whom they provide care.
On Thurs., May 18, “The Caregiver’s
Toolbox” will feature a presentation by Maria Tomasetti, of The Alzheimer’s
Association, on care methods for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and
dementia, including communication strategies and helpful activities. Griffin
Hospital Community Outreach Program will present a “toolbox” of resources for
caregivers to help a loved one manage their disease and gain control of their
The series wraps up on Thurs., June
8 at 5:30 p.m. with a variety of presentations on caregiving from area
resources, including Wesley Village UMH, Sunset Shores, Griffin Hospital
Lifeline, Alzheimer’s Association, TEAM, Valley Transit District and Agency on
Aging. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Space is limited, so registration
is required. Call 203-732-1511 or register online through the Griffin Hospital events calendar.