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Expo for seniors, caregivers offers more vendors, programs
60 booths, 5 speakers at Liberty Traditional School March 15

Kathy Lindh, right, Prescott Valley, stops by the Abrio Care table to speak with Abrio Area Manager Jennifer Outlaw at the 2018 Senior & Caregivers Conference & Expo at Liberty Traditional School. “I was here last year. All the information you can get, all in one place,” Lindh said. (Sue Tone/Review, file)

Kathy Lindh, right, Prescott Valley, stops by the Abrio Care table to speak with Abrio Area Manager Jennifer Outlaw at the 2018 Senior & Caregivers Conference & Expo at Liberty Traditional School. “I was here last year. All the information you can get, all in one place,” Lindh said. (Sue Tone/Review, file)

Five free presentations take place at the Caregivers Conference and Expo at Liberty Traditional School March 15.

10 a.m. - Caregiver Survival Techniques – Riding the Roller Coaster and Overcoming Battle Fatigue with Pamela Cregger, Kindred Hospice.

11a.m. - Understanding Assisted Living, Memory Care and In-Home Care with Mark Sylvester, CarePatrol of Northern Arizona.

12 p.m. - Male Aging – Strategies for Success with Wayne Bennett, DC, Bennett Clinic.

1 p.m. - Sensory Integration – How Our Eyes, Ears and Feet Affect Balance with Karen Russell, Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

2 p.m. - Understanding Guardianship and Conservatorship – Protecting an Incapacitated Senior with Chip McLaughlin, Law Offices of Chester McLaughlin, P.C.

New resources, vendors and speakers’ topics offer more information than ever to attendees at the free semi-annual Senior and Caregivers Conference and Expo taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N. Lake Valley Road, in Prescott Valley.

More than 60 providers of senior and caregiver products, services and support will provide free information and handouts. Presentations by local experts will occur every hour, on the hour, on some of the most sensitive issues relating to the challenges of being a senior or a caregiver.

Attendees may come for the whole day, or just for topics of interest, said Debbie Stewart, co-founder of the Senior Connection and host of the event.

Stewart and her husband, Don, began Senior Connection eight years ago, and have offered the conference and expo to provide information for the public in one central location on topics relating to issues facing older residents and their caregivers.

Even if individuals or couples attended in the past, there are good reasons to stop by on Friday, Stewart said.

“People’s needs change from year to year or month to month. What may not have been an issue before may be now or coming up in the immediate future,” she said. “A lot of the companies have created new programs and can offer something additional.”

The speakers this year provide something different, too. “Male Aging – Strategies for Success” is a new topic for presenter Wayne Bennett with Bennett Clinic.

Attorney Chip McLaughlin will speak on “Understanding Guardianship and Conservatorship – How They Protect an Incapacitated Senior,” also a new subject matter.

Resource providers’ representatives are available to speak with attendees about their products and services, which include assisted living options, hospice care, health and fitness, and legal and financial help.

“To find such a diversity of topics and resources that are so helpful to seniors and to caregivers in one location is wonderful,” said Patsy Ray, who attended the expo in the past. “What a time saver to find all of this in one place – and best of all, it is free.”

For an event schedule or more information, visit www.SeniorConnection.us or call Debbie Stewart at 928-778-3747.

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