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Handling Difficult Transitions in Caregiving

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Caregiving is stressful under the best of circumstances, and transitions such as receiving a diagnosis, moving a loved one or facing end-of-life decisions can be daunting.

That’s why AARP in Phoenix has teamed up with Duet, a local nonprofit agency, to offer a panel discussion on handling such difficult transitions. Slated for National Family Caregivers Month, the symposium will be Thursday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave.

The event aims to “teach family caregivers how to handle transitions from a place of empowerment and hope,” said Elizabeth Banta, Duet’s executive director.

Panelists include Amy Goyer, AARP caregiving expert and author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving ; Pauline Boss, family therapist and author of Loving Someone Who Has Dementia ; and Maribeth Gallagher, program director for Hospice of the Valley’s dementia care program.

The morning session, which features the discussion and lunch, is $20 for family caregivers and $40 for professionals. The afternoon offers free training for volunteers interested in leading video sessions based on Boss’ book.

To register, go to duetaz.org/index.php/family-caregiver-symposium. To request free on-site adult day care, call 602-274-5022, ext. 39. —MIRIAM DAVIDSON

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