November is Caregiver Month and about 150 persons attended the annual conference of the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition at the Desmond Hotel on Tuesday. Participants heard three, nationally known, dynamic speakers and a panel of persons directing local caregiving programs in New York State. Peter Rosenberger was the keynote speaker. He is a radio personality with a national show on IHEART radio. He has been taking care of his wife for many years and is an author and lecturer on caregiving. His website is caregiverswithhope.com
Carole Levine who runs the Next Steps in Care project for the United Hospital Fund traced the history of caregiving and why more and more persons are becoming caregivers due to changes in families. She has developed a number of very helpful manuals which are on her website. Her website is nextstepincare.org
Sheila Warnock of Share the Care talked about how her organization was founded and how it helps to promote caregiver circles of family members and friends. She spoke about “No One Should Have to go it Alone.” Go to sharethecare.org to see how to organize caregiver support groups.
In other news regarding caregiving, Governor Cuomo announced on November 5 the selection of local providers for a 5 year $67.5 million program to assist caregivers of persons with Alzheimers disease and dementias.
Here is the link to that announcement http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-675-million-support-caregivers-individuals-alzheimer-s-and-other