#nvcaregiversBetween work and family responsibilities, caregivers lead extremely busy and stressful lives. The number of issues they may face in a caregiving role can be daunting – from sorting through a web of insurance and financial issues, to arranging transportation and helping ensure health care needs are met and instructions followed.

At any given time, more than 364,000 Nevadans are serving as caregivers – including more than a third of residents over the age of 50. Recognizing the critical and complex roles that caregivers play – whether caring for an aging parent, a spouse or even a disabled child - AARP Nevada is hosting a series of Caregiver Connections events, designed to help those caring for family members connect with resources and experts to help navigate the difficult issues they face every day.

Caregiver Connections events will be held in both southern and northern Nevada, focusing on different topics throughout the year. These interactive sessions will include presentations by experts providing practical advice, valuable information and answers to your caregiving questions.

A schedule of  upcoming Caregiver Connections topics and event dates is below.  Visit this page to register for any upcoming session in your area, and to see the latest schedule updates. 

We Need to Talk: Conversations about Older Drivers

    • Las Vegas: Wednesday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. – Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (888 W. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas) – register now!
    • Reno: Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. – South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno) – register now!

How do you know when it’s time for your loved one to limit or stop driving? It’s a tough subject for families, but a serious matter.  At this session, you’ll hear from the experts on how to assess your loved one’s driving skills, and learn about tools to help you have this important conversation.

 You are their Voice:  Be a Champion for Your Loved One

    • Las Vegas: Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. – Centennial Hills YMCA (3521 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas) – register now!
    •                    Henderson: Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. – Gibson Library (100 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson) – register now!
    •                    Carson City: Wednesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. – Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center (1600 Medical Pkwy)-  register now!
    •                    Reno: Saturday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m. – Tamarack Junction Casino (13101 S. Virginia Street, Reno) – register now!

As a caregiver, you are often the one to speak up for your loved one – in the hospital, with an insurance provider, with a social service agency and more.  Your voice can be the difference in getting critical care needs met, learning about follow-up care and resolving issues.  In this session, you’ll learn how to be an effective champion for your loved one: how to ask the right questions, and where to turn for help.

Medication Madness

    • Reno: Wednesday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. – South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno) – register now!
    •                     Las Vegas: Thursday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. – SMA Lifestyle Center West (8670 W. Cheyenne #105, Las Vegas) – register now!
    •                     Las Vegas: Friday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. – SMA Lifestyle Center East (5820 S. Eastern Ave #100, Las Vegas) – register now!

On average, older people take four prescription medications each day.  It’s a lot to keep track of – and the more drugs taken, the greater the potential for dangerous interactions.  In this session, you’ll learn the important questions to ask your loved one’s doctor or pharmacist, how to create an easy-to-follow medication plan, what to do with expired drugs and more.

We hope you’ll join us for a Caregiver Connections event in your area! In the meantime, find caregiving resources, information and assistance at the AARP Caregiving Resource Center.  Also, be sure to follow AARP Nevada on Twitter, and join the conversation using hashtag #nvcaregivers

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