15th Annual “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference Coming Aug. 20th

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AGE of Central Texas and the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area are again partnering this year for the 15th Annual “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference on Saturday, August 20th, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin.  The free seminar includes keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and community resources to support family members who are caring for a senior adult.

The largest, longest-run free caregiver conference in Central Texas, the annual event helps to ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources.  The attendees will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with other caregivers and local experts on aging.  The day also includes workshops on topics related to caregiving, with experts available for questions.

Cara Magran headshot croppedThis year’s conference features a keynote seminar by Cara L. Magrane, who will present “A Caregiver’s Journey: From Advocacy to Caregiving and Back.” Cara brings a wealth of caregiver knowledge to the 15th Annual “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference, and her presentation will offer tips and resources to help you navigate your caregiving experience.  Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Cara received her M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Professional Excellence.  After college, Cara spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in service to Respite Care of San Antonio, Inc. (RCSA).  Cara “fell in love with their mission” and has remained at RCSA for more than 22 years. She currently serves as Respite Care’s Chief Operating Officer and is the Licensed Administrator overseeing all daily and programmatic operations.

Registration for the “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference is free, and includes all presentations, breakout sessions, and lunch.  Participants must pre-register by visiting http://www.AGEofCentralTX.org/sab.php.  Registration is now open and space is limited.

Free respite will also be available at the AGE of Central Texas Adult Day Health Center, located at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin.  Requests for respite care must be made by calling Gailyn Trammell at (512) 600-9275 by Wednesday, August 17th.

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin is located at 6505 N. Interstate Highway 35 in Austin.  For more information on the “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference, visit www.AGEofCentralTX.org/sab.php or call (512) 451-4611.

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