Fairfax County Presents: Free Seminars for Family Caregivers from March through May

February 19, 2010

News Highlights

  • Eleven free seminars are offered from March through May at locations across the county
  • Seminars support family caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities

Fairfax County's Free Seminars for Family Caregivers series offers 11 events this spring to help family caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities throughout the county. Speakers include experts in law, insurance, care management, finances and community resources.

New this spring is a seminar on supporting caregivers of veterans scheduled for March 25.

People are welcome to attend one or all of the seminars.

For more information, to register, or to request reasonable accommodations go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and link to Events, e-mail caregiver@fairfaxcounty.gov  or call 703-324-5205, TTY 703-449-1186.

Understanding Medicare, Medigap and Medicare Part D
Learn the facts about health insurance for older adults.
Tuesday, March 16, 7-9:00 p.m.
West Springfield Government Center
6140 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22152

Caregiving 101
Learn about resources and get useful information to help you begin the caregiver journey.
Tuesday, March 23, 7-9:00 p.m.
Hollin Hall Senior Center
1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, VA 22308

Supporting Caregivers of Veterans
Find information on resources available to veterans and their caregivers.
Thursday, March 25, 7-9:00 p.m.
Hollin Hall Senior Center
1500 Shenandoah Road Alexandria, VA 22308
Directions: 703-765-4573

Making Life Easier: Gadgets, Gizmos and Home Modifications
Learn about home modifications and inexpensive devices that can help your loved one maintain independence.
Wednesday April 7, 1-3:00 p.m.
Oakton Library
10304 Lynnhaven Place
Oakton, VA 22124

Navigating the Medicaid Maze: Waivers, Eligibility and Documentation
The costs of long-term care can quickly drain even a substantial savings account. Learn about Medicaid's eligibility criteria, screening process, required documentation, and Medicaid's home-based and nursing home care.
Thursday, April 8, 7 - 9:00 p.m.
West Springfield Government Center
6140 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22152
Directions: 703-451-8873

Legal Tools for Caregivers
Family caregiver may need to make legal and health care decisions for a loved one. Learn about legal tools that can help ensure your loved one's wishes are carried out. Topics include durable power of attorney, trusts, guardianship, and advanced medical directives.
Tuesday, April 20, 7-9:00 p.m.
Mason Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
While each individual's journey with Alzheimer's disease is unique, there are common markers along the way. Learn what to expect as the disease progresses and how to adapt to the changing needs of your loved one and family.
Thursday, April 29, 1-3:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Family Day Center
2812 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Financial Issues for Caregivers
Professional long-term care is expensive and can deplete assets quickly. Get in-depth information on how to maximize your resources, stretch financial assets and avoid common money mistakes that caregivers make.
Thursday, April 29, 7-9:00 p.m.
Mason Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

Behavior as Communication in Alzheimer's Disease
People with Alzheimer's disease often communicate through behavior. It is sometimes difficult for caregivers to understand this communication. Learn how to improve communication with a person who has Alzheimer's disease and how to anticipate and minimize troubling behaviors.
Wednesday, May 5, 7 - 9:00 p.m.
Herndon Senior Center
873 Grace Street
Herndon, VA 20171

When Do I Step In?
Deciding when and how to help an older adult can be a difficult decision. Common concerns include driving, safety, health, and finances. Learn how and when to step in and how to find help assigning financial and medical oversight to a more competent relative at the appropriate time.
Thursday, May 6, 7-9:00 p.m.
Sully Governmental Center
4900 Stonecroft Blvd.
Chantilly, VA 20151

Managing Care for a Difficult Older Adult
Helping a loved one can involve challenging personalities and behaviors as well as relationship issues. Learn strategies to deal with these factors as you provide the best care possible.
Wednesday, May 12, 7-9:00 p.m.
Little River Glen Senior Center
4001Barker Court
Fairfax, VA 22032

The spring Free Seminars for Family Caregivers series implements the Fairfax 50+ Action Plan directive to support caregivers so that they can continue giving. For more information on services for older adults, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices

The series is sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Family Services' Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, Community and Recreation Services, Health Department, Library, Fairfax Long-Term Care Coordinating Council, AARP Virginia, Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Family Day Center, ElderLink, Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna, and Thomas West Financial Services. The program receives funding from the National Family Caregiver Support Program.


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services' Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.

Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Division of Aging and Adult Services/Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1104
NR: 012010

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