Caregiver specialist scheduled to speak at Grundy Center’s Senior Center

Grundy Center Are you a caregiver for an older family member or friend? You may not consider what you do as caregiving. Do you help with your parents’ household chores and finances? Or mow your neighbor’s yard? Do you drive an elderly friend to her doctor appointment? If so, then you are among approximately 34.2 million Americans who provide informal care each year. The care you provide allows your friend or loved one to stay independent and in their home for as long as they desire.

Many caregivers are providing care for and older adult while working and caring for their own families. While caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be stressful. Unfortunately, many caregivers will forego their own needs to care for others. At Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, our Caregiver Specialist are here to help caregivers find the services they need to help care for themselves while they are caring for others. Cayla Smith, NEI3A Caregiver Specialist, will be presenting information about the various services available for caregivers at Grundy Center Senior Center on Friday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. The Grundy Center Senior Center is located at 705 F Avenue in Grundy Center.

Learn about the many services available to caregivers including planning assistance, training, support groups, respite care, counseling, supplemental services and much more. Caregiving can’t be done alone, and you don’t have to! Make plans to attend this valuable presentation. For more information call Grundy Center Senior Center at 319-824-3843 or LifeLong Links toll-free at 866-468-7887.

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa and is a one of six Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa. With a mission of enhancing the quality of life for older individuals, caregivers and persons with disabilities in our service area through education, planning, and coordination of services, NEI3A strives to enable them to live safe and independent lives with dignity, purpose and self-determination. Through LifeLong Links, the first call for accessing information and options for aging, disability, veteran or caregiving resources, Iowans are connected to the home and community based services they need. For more information visit www.nei3a.org.