AARP Arkansas wants family caregivers to know about resources that can help them deal with the demands and stress of that unpaid job.
The Schmieding Center, a nonprofit organization, offers two workshops at no charge to families. One focuses on physical aspects (such as infection control, skin care, incontinence, nutrition, mobility and safety), while the other deals with dementia (communication techniques, understanding behaviors, activities, and maintaining respect, dignity and quality of life).
About 478,000 family caregivers in Arkansas provided $4.5 billion worth of services in 2009, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Arkansans age 65 and older represented 15 percent of the state population in 2012, a number that will grow to nearly 20 percent by 2032.
Schmieding has nine locations in Arkansas. Call 877-762-0015 toll-free or go to schmiedingcenter.org/caregiverworkshops for information or to find a workshop near you.