MURFREESBORO - The 50-plus boomers are now becoming the care givers for their parents. No one can tell the future, but you can learn about what to expect. The Lean On Me care giver conferences were created for area family care givers and those with a desire to learn more about this multi faceted subject. Rutherford Senior Connections and Lean On Me Caregiver Conferences are holding their first ever conference Saturday, June 14th at Southeast Baptist Church on Minerva Drive in Murfreesboro. Doors open at 8am, meetings begin at 9 until 2 PM. Refreshments and lunch are provided. Registration is free and we have a link to it and a phone number to call for more information on our website, wgnsradio.com, keyword caregiver.
Free registration at www.leanonme2014.eventbrite.com
Phone: 430-7612 for more specific details
Today’s Boomers are turning 65 at a rate of more than ten thousand a day. The unfolding numbers are crushing. According to census extrapolations of 2010 the U.S. now has a population in excess of 50 million people aged 65 and older. This number now grows at a rate of more than 3.5 million per year extending outward for the next 15 years. Experts predict that these staggering numbers will outstrip the government’s ability to manage our current health care system if it hasn’t already. Additionally, our now fragile system will have little choice but to continue in shifting the burden back to Walton’s Mountain type care at home. The expanding pressure on care giving at home continues to rise each year. Sadly, there is no easy or inexpensive fix.
This experience allows them to come together for a day of learning and sharing. There is more power, strength, love and wisdom in a room full of family care givers than people could ever imagine. Many families expected to attend have not experienced giving care to a loved one but anticipate that they will in time.
The learning experience can be equally as beneficial to area churches. Shut-in members of church families are sometimes fending for themselves almost alone or being cared for by an exhausted spouse or family member. A significant number of these families have little to no experience in taking care of the home bound. Expanding church outreach programs now include this type of forward thinking. Educating church congregations to become more effective in tending to their shut in members has always been a staple church mission. Today the mission is being accelerated.
What to expect: Family and professional care givers can expect advice from physicians specialized in aging and disability, care giver advocates, insurance advisors, Social Security specialists, elder law professionals, homecare and facility coordinators and specialists in locating funding for home care.
Who Should Attend? Children of aging parents, parents caring for children, spousal caregivers, long-distance care givers, grandparent care givers, church committee members, volunteer and professional caregivers.
Rutherford Senior Connections is a not for profit ministry working in conjunction with Greenhouse Ministries located in Murfreesboro.