The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is hosting a Caregiver Conference Tuesday, April 11th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, located at 520 Royal Palm Blvd. Breakfast will be provided, and the event is free to attend. Local experts will participate with the crowd during a Q&A forum; areas of expertise include: home care and hospice, elder law and end-of-life planning, transportation and senior resources, cancer care, Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and Veterans services. Space is limited, attendees should RSVP at www.vnatc.com/care, or call 772-978-5515.
An added feature to this spring’s Caregiver Conference, the VNA has partnered with author and speaker, Chris MacLellan. Also a radio show host and caregiving advocate, he is affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy” in many caregiving circles. Faced with his partner’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2011, Chris started a caregiving blog entitled The Purple Jacket and is an ardent advocate for caregivers and their loved ones. Chris and his deceased partner’s, Bernard Richard Schiffer, caregiving story, “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” written by Diane C. Lade was published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in April 2014, has been seen world-wide by over 400,000+ people. In January of 2015, the story was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has won countless awards both nationally and internationally.
This is the third conference of its kind hosted by the VNA. “The VNA has seen firsthand the needs our local caregivers have. We are also aware of the many tools available within Indian River County to help caregivers and their loved ones. Our goal in hosting a caregiver conference for local families and local resources is to help bridge these gaps,” said VNA President & CEO, Mary Linn Hamilton. “Watching the interactions of those in the attendance at the first conference we held, it was clear that the caregivers themselves enjoyed the opportunity to hear from and support one another,” she added.
If you are interested in learning more about VNA services, please visit www.vnatc.com, or call 772-567-5551.