Being a caregiver is tough, but local groups are working to make it easier

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Caring for an elderly loved one can be challenging. That is why some organizations in Huntsville are offering Caregiver College on Friday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

“It’s really designed to help caregivers,” Elder Law Attorney LaTanya Rhines said. “Provide them with information that they can use to help them in their caregiving and to help the people they’re caring for.”

As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the P.E.A.C.E. Coalition is sponsoring this public event. P.E.A.C.E. stands for Prevention of Elder Abuse and Criminal Exploitation.

“It is for the caregivers,” said Rhines.  “We have a lot of topics designed for the caregivers and provide them with information that they’ll need.  It’s also for professional caregivers.”

Caregiver College is this Friday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Redstone Federal Credit Union, located 220 Wynn Drive in Huntsville, in the building’s atrium.

Everyone is invited to Caregiver College to learn more about topics like caregiver stress, decision making for incapacitated adults and health care scams targeting the elderly.

“A lot of times they are focused on the caregiving itself so they don’t have a lot of time to explore resources, or find out what’s out there,” Rhines said.

Organizers said they are also offering continuing education credits for nursing home administrators nurses and social workers.

“We want them to come out and learn about different services, and organizations that could help them do their jobs as well,” Rhines said.

Caregiver College organizers are also welcoming author Rundy Purdy who wrote a book on caregiving.

For everyone interested in attending this event, you are asked to pre-register by calling (256)716-2666. For those earning education credits, the cost is $10.