Free caregivers’ conference offers resources and support Sat., Sept 27

I was lucky to have had a third parent in my mother’s mother, who lived with my family my whole life until she died just after I graduated from college. In the beginning, she took care of us four kids and my parents. Toward the end, we mostly took care of her.

She had severe arthritis and used a walker for years. I remember using hyrdogen peroxide to clean the incisions from surgeries on her knees, massaging her back and shoulders sore from the walker, giving her her nightly prescriptions, helping her get dressed, and lots of other things I never thought about. I guess I assumed every teenage girl spent Friday night cutting her grandmother’s toenails.  I’m not going to say it was easy or that I always enjoyed it. It was tough. But it really felt like the least we could do since she practically raised us.

Anyone who’s taken care of an elderly or ill loved-one knows how tough that can be – and lonely. And even though it’s inevitable that some of us will take on this role sometime in our lives, most of us go it alone without the support we need to maintain our sanity.

On Saturday, September 27, AGE of Austin will host the 7th Annual caregivers’ conference, “Striking a Balance,” aimed at anyone who finds themself in that role now. The conference will help you find the resources and support you need to manage caregiving responsiblities and make them work with the rest of your life.

They offer a light breakfast and lunch – and they’ll care for your loved on while you attend the conference. Elderhaven Adult Day Center of Austin and Williamson County has signed on, but you’ll have to call them to make reservations at 512-458-6305.

7th Annual Caregivers’ Conference – FREE
Saturday, September 27, 2008
2525 West Anderson Lane, Northcross Mall
Norris Conference Center – Red Oak Ballroom
9 AM – 2 PM
Doors open 8:30 AM for registration
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Go to Age of Austin for more information.

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MAY 24: Habitat Young Leaders Gala

Here’s a good reason to buy a new cocktail dress tonight: Habitat Young Professionals second annual gala. The operative word on this one is “young,” so think fun, food, cool music and a great location.

In fact, if you haven’t been to the Long Center yet, here’s your chance. Just picture yourself walking into this gorgeous new facility, choosing from an array of catered foods from Upper Crust, Moonshine, Kenichi, The Belmont and about 10 other restaurants, and moving about to the tunes of Sprung. Great way to spend a Saturday night and a great way to support one of Austin’s biggest nonprofits.

See more about it here. Tickets are $75 each, $125 per couple… and you can even buy them online right now!

2008 Build the HYP Gala
May 24, 8:00PM
The Long Center for Performing Arts
Proceeds from the Gala will directly support building Austin Habitat for Humanity homes for those in need.
Purchase your tickets ($75 single/$125 couple) at
www.BuildtheHYP.com.