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Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.
AARP has exciting opportunities available for you next week to learn how to get the most out of your smart phone, look for a job in the digital age, or join a "Careversation" with other family caregivers, connecting you to tips, tools, and each other.  All of them are free to the public--AARP membership is not required!
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It has been a whirlwind legislative session with a lot happening but as of last night it has come to a close. I want to thank you and all of the other great AARP advocates who stayed informed, got engaged, and made their voices heard to their legislators. I can’t stress enough that without your involvement, we could not do the work we do!
Utahns will have the opportunity to attend caregiving conferences in Orem and Ogden in November.  On Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 am--2:30 pm the Mountainland Area Agency on Aging will hold its 10th Annual Caregiver Conference at the Orem Friendship Center.  Admission is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch, as well as a keynote presentation on Understanding Alzheimer's and sessions on community resources, confessions of a hospice nurse, and finding joy in being a caregiver.  Registration is free but seating is limited; to register all 801-229-3804 or e-mail  Aspen Senior Care will provide complimentary respite care on site--contact Susan Johnson at 801-420-5167.  For care in your home contact Geri Lehnardt at Mountainland Aging and Family Services at 801-229-3814.  The Orem Friendship Center is at 93 North 400 East, Orem UT  84097.
Are you interested in increasing support for family caregivers in Utah?  Do you enjoy the theater?  These two things may not seem like they go together, but combining your caregiving experiences with playwriting is a novel approach being taken by the College of Nursing at the University of Utah to document the effect of an arts-based activity on caregiver wellbeing.
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Utah Family Caregivers Provide $4.15 Billion
(Midvale, UT)  AARP Utah today released finding from a statewide survey highlighting Utah caregiver experiences, challenges, and needs.  Utah has a huge unpaid work force in the form of family caregivers—382,000 Utahns provide an estimated $4.2 billion in economic value to the state every year through their service.  But this labor takes a toll.
Caregiving is an act of love and compassion, but it is also overwhelming and can cause caregiver burn-out.  Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services recognizes the need to provide resources for caregivers, and has many programs and materials to help ease the burdens faced through caregiving responsibilities.
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