Community Forums with U.P. Area Agency on Aging

February 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – In preparation for writing the 2020-2022 Area Plan for Services to Older Adults, the U.P. Area Agency on Aging will be holding community forums throughout the Upper Peninsula. The purpose of these forums is to obtain input from older adults, caregivers, service providers, and the general public concerning the needs of older adults in the U.P.

Let’s start a discussion! Come learn about services in your area and have a say in how funding is prioritized. Dates and Locations are listed below.

No RSVP needed! Any questions, contact Sherry Whitman at 1-800-338-7227.

3/11/19: Pickford Township Hall (155 E. Main Street, Pickford) at 11:15 am (ET)

3/19/19: Iron County Senior Center (800 4th Avenue, Iron River) at 11:00 am (CST)

3/21/19: Cloverland Senior Center (102 S. Cedar Street, Ewen) at 12:15 pm (ET)

4/16/19: UPCAP Lower Conf. Room (2501 14th Ave. S. Escanaba) at 1:00 pm (ET)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Series Starts October 29

October 25, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 25, 2018 – Is the stress of care-giving affecting your health and disrupting your life? If so, attend the Powerful Tools for Caregivers series (PTC). This highly effective, self-care program for family caregivers, builds the skills caregivers need to better care for themselves as they provide care for others. Caregiver participants learn to minimize the potentially negative impacts of caregiving emphasizing self-care and empowerment.

Caregivers benefit from the PTC 6-week series of classes whether they are:
· Spouses/partners of an adult with a chronic condition
· Adult children of aging parents
· Long-distance caregivers
· In differing stages in their caregiving role

PTC training is now available in the Marquette area brought to you by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. There is no charge to participants for this training and a caregiver manual and resources are included.

The next “PTC” training will start on October 29, 2018 in Marquette. This is a six week workshop which meets once each week on Monday’s from 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time, pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating this training please contact 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at www.upcap.org.

Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference Set for October

October 8, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 8, 2018 – Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice is hosting its fifth Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference entitled “…at the Heart of Every Moment.” The conference is scheduled for October 23 & 24 at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. Registration is now open for those seeking an energetic, invigorating conference where great minds come together-physicians, nurses, care providers and professionals across disciplines-to explore, learn and improve care for patients. Registration is available at the rate of $150 for those who register before October 15th.

The focus of the conference includes person/family-centered care through a collaborative approach, spirituality (not necessarily religion), and evolving changes in delivery of hospice care. Other topics presented at the conference will include cannabinoid use in palliative care, compassion fatigue, End of Life Doula, the Neuroscience of Pain and Integrative Medicine.

A special free community presentation will be provided on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 5:15pm by The Honorable Judge Cheryl Hill. She will discuss the legal issues surrounding Conservatorships, Guardianships, DPOA, Living Wills and Probate.

A diverse, expert panel of presenters will bring this information to attendees. This conference will offer more than 20 distinguished speakers. Keynote speakers include Dr. Larry Skendzel, Hospice Director, Gundersen Health System, LaCrosse, WI; Dr. Sheetal Acharya, UPHS – Oncology-Hematology; Dr. Lisa Long, UPHS Family Medicine, Dr. Mike Grossman, UPHS-Bell Family Practice, Jon Magnuson, MDiv, Cedar Tree Institute; and Dr. Mary Tobin-Anderson- UPHS-Lakewood Clinic.

“We’re very pleased to host our Fifth Conference this October. Each year the conference has grown and we’ve had a tremendous response from attendees. We’re excited to bring a diverse group of local and regional leaders in palliative and hospice care to practitioners here in the U.P.,” said Sue (Kitti) Rutkowski, Lake Superior Hospice CEO. “The conference provides a unique educational and networking opportunity for practitioners at all levels, and supports the common goal of allowing us to better serve our patients.”

Sponsors for the event include Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, NMU School of Nursing, Brookridge Heights Assisted Living, and Dr. Craig Coccia. Sponsorships are available.

For more information on registering or sponsoring the conference, please contact Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice at 906.225.7760 or visit their website at www.lakesuperiorhospice.org.

Respite Education and Support Tools (REST) Training Beginning October 23rd

October 3, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 3, 2018 – Providing help to a caregiver? FREE training is available!

Respite Education and Support Tools (REST)

REST is an originally designed educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. As a REST companion (volunteer or paid), you give the gift of your time to provide a valuable service. As a REST trained companion/respite provider you will spend one-on-one time with an adult or senior, giving only as much time as you are willing and able to give. The ultimate goal of this training course is to assist individuals to become effective companions and respite workers by learning the three key steps of support: Prepare, Care and Connect.

REST training is now available in the Marquette area, brought to you by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP and Marquette Aging Services. There is no charge to participants for this training or materials provided. Class will be held in two half day segments with lunch and snacks provided.

The REST training will be provided on two half days Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Attendance both days are required in order to receive certification as a REST companion. The training will be from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with time built in for lunch and breaks. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time. If you are interested in participating this training please contact 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at www.upcap.org.

Free Family Caregiver Training Beginning October 22nd

October 3, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 3, 2018 – Are you a family caregiver? FREE training is available!

Is the stress of caregiving affecting your health and disrupting your life? If so, attend the Powerful Tools for Caregivers series (PTC). This highly effective, self-care program for family caregivers, builds the skills caregivers need to better care for themselves as they provide care for others. Caregiver participants learn to minimize the potentially negative impacts of caregiving emphasizing self-care and empowerment.

Caregivers benefit from the PTC 6-week series of classes whether they are:

· Spouses/partners of an adult with a chronic condition

· Adult children of aging parents

· Long-distance caregivers

· In differing stages in their caregiving role

PTC training is now available in the Marquette area brought to you by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. There is no charge to participants for this training and a caregiver manual and resources are included.

The next “PTC” training will start on October 22, 2018 in Marquette. This is a six week workshop which meets once each week on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time, pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating this training please contact: 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at www.upcap.org.

Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop – May 15

May 12, 2018

Houghton, Mich.– The Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop will start up again in Houghton this Tuesday, May 15, from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. This free workshop meets every Tuesday for the next six weeks.

Attend this workshop to learn information, skills, and attitudes to manage stress and increase effectiveness as a Caregiver for dementia and/or memory loss patients. This six-week workshop, led by trained dementia care specialists, is free of all costs and brought to you by UPCAP.

Interested? Call Marja at (906) 370-7789, UPCAP at 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at www.upcap.org.

 

“Creating Confident Caregivers” Workshop in Houghton – May 15

May 12, 2018

Caring for Someone with Memory Loss?

Houghton, Mich.5/15/2018 – The next “Creating Confident Caregivers” workshop starts May 15, 2018, in Houghton. This is a free six-week workshop that meets once a week on Tuesday’s from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The program, led by trained dementia care specialists, helps caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss by providing participants with information, skills, and attitudes to manage stress and increase their effectiveness.

During the weekly sessions, materials will be provided and respite care may be available through participating area agencies while caregivers attend the workshop.

If you are interested, contact Marja at (906) 370-7789, UPCAP at 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at www.upcap.org.

 

REST Training in Houghton- May 3, 4

April 30, 2018

Houghton, Mich. – U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP will offer REST Training on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Copper Country Mental Health Institute, 900 West Sharon Avenue in Houghton. Attendance both days are required in order to receive certification as a REST companion. Sign in 15 minutes prior to class time.

Rest is an educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. As a REST companion (volunteer or paid), you give the gift of your time to provide a valuable service. As a REST trained companion/respite provider you will spend one-on-one time with an adult or senior, giving only as much time as you are willing and able to give. The ultimate goal of this training course is to assist individuals to become effective companions and respite workers by learning the three key steps of support: Prepare, Care and Connect.

If you are interested in participating this training, please contact 1-800-338-7227, dial 2-1-1 or go to www.upcap.org.

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