Do you wish you had a book titled “Be the Best Caregiver and Feel Fantastic Doing It?”

Unfortunately, this book doesn’t exist. Each person providing care for an older adult will embark on his or her unique journey. Finding the right information ensures they are able to provide compassionate support and be an advocate for their friends or loved ones.

A free monthly education series will feature experts and professionals who provide support to families and advocates for seniors and their care. The presentations, sponsored by Fox Hollow Residential Care Community, take place at the Eugene Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., Eugene. Register at 541-343-8439. Refreshments and printed resource material provided.

“Navigating Difficult Conversations with Your Loved One,” 10 a.m. April 20. Any conversation you have with an elderly parent is bound to be difficult if it involves losing independence. It can be both a rewarding and a challenging experience to be a senior caregiver. Over time, relationship dynamics will change. Knowing that every situation is unique, it’s important to remember that good communication is a key component of providing a successful caregiving experiences. Having meaningful conversations with your loved one will help you identify the type of help and support your loved one desires. Learn how to start meaningful dialogue and keep your relationship with your loved ones strong.

“Brain Fitness for Seniors — Important Part of Lifelong Well-Being,” 10 a.m. May 18. Brain exercises are important to maintain brain function and keep the mind sharp and alert. It is important to encourage memory exercises when you are a senior caregiver. Asking your loved one to share a favorite memory or stories about their lives can bring them enjoyment, strengthen their memory and increase their brain function. Learn about a variety of techniques you can use to encourage memory exercises.

“Helping Seniors Manage Chronic Disease,” 10 a.m. June 15. Self-management support is the assistance caregivers can use to encourage daily decisions that improve health. U.S. statistics reveal that one in four adults, ages 65 and older are challenged with managing one or more chronic medical conditions. If you are caring for a loved one with a chronic medical condition you may have found yourself wondering how to help them or even when you should to step in and help them. Learn how to support your loved one and when to become their advocate.

“Senior Finances — What To Do When It’s Time to Help,” 10 a.m. July 20. Employ strategies to protect your loved ones from financial ruin. As our parents and loved ones age they may lose the ability to fully track their finances. When seniors are unable to manage their daily finances, they may become susceptible to financial abuse, lose their home or risk having their utilities turned off. Often, they don’t know how to ask for help or who they can trust their finances to. Learn how you can make arrangements for financial assistance in advance or if help is needed now to protect yourself and your loved one.

“Managing Chronic Pain,” 10 a.m. Aug. 17. Effective pain management is a crucial component to caring for the elderly. As a caregiver for seniors it can be difficult to know how to help a senior minimize and manage chronic pain well. Older adults encounter chronic pain as their muscles and joints become stiff and they become less agile. The difficulty is not only in what is the right way to manage the pain, but also understanding the risks and side effects of the medications used to treat pain. As a caregiver for seniors it is a good plan to learn what to watch for as you support your loved one struggling with chronic pain.

“Congestive Heart Failure Facts and Fiction,” 10 a.m. Sept. 21. Caregivers can benefit from specialized training about the disease process of CHF and how to best encourage their loved ones to manage the disease. Helping a loved one manage congestive heart failure can be challenging at best. Elderly people managing this disease can feel overwhelmed with the changes that need to occur to manage this stressful physical condition. Learn to identify the symptoms, common causes and treatments available.

“Living Without Depression is Possible,” 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Learn how you can help your loved ones suffering from depression. Depression in the elderly is different than with younger people. Often, it is associated with disabilities or other medical illnesses. Depression, if left unaddressed in the elderly, can increase the risk of other diseases and the potential for a heart attack. Learn to identify the signs and symptoms of depression early on. There are a variety of interventions that may help your loved one to avoid the risks.

“Skip the Holiday Blues and Enjoy the Season,” 10 a.m. Nov. 16. Learn how you can enhance your loved ones’ holiday spirit and create enjoyable experiences with family and friends. Take a deep breath. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy and memorable occasions. Older adults with underlying health issues could experience some difficulties fully embracing the holiday season. There are some simple tips you can employ to help yourself and your loved one have a more enjoyable experience with family and friends.

“Eating Is Essential to Promoting Health,” 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Learn how to identify underlying factors that affect appetite. As a caregiver for seniors it can be frightening if a loved one refuses to eat or is experiencing a loss of appetite. Often, there are valid reasons for missing meals or avoiding food. There may be underlying issues preventing them from receiving the proper nutrition they need to thrive.

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