Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Community Caregivers Announces Fall Line Up of Free Workshops

Albany, NY:  Community Caregivers has announced a series of fall workshops that will prove informative and helpful for both individuals as well as family members and caregivers of loved ones.

“Staying Safe: Protecting Yourself from Common Scams & Fraud” will be presented by the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and co-sponsored by Community Caregivers along with the Guilderland and Bethlehem Libraries.  This informational session on how to prevent you from becoming a victim of fraud, will cover a variety of common scams, how to spot them and tips for avoiding them.  A general question and answer session will be provided together with information regarding programs and assistance available to those who believe they have been a victim of scam or fraud.

This 90 minute workshop will be presented twice, on November 18 at 2:00 pm at the Bethlehem Library; and again on December 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Guilderland Library.  You may register for this free workshop by calling Community Caregivers.

A Wednesday morning series on how to manage chronic disease will begin September 24 through October 29.  The “Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop” is a six session evidence-based workshop designed for people living with an ongoing or limiting health condition or people who care for them. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day-to-day management of any type of ongoing health condition.  The workshops will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Crossgates Mall.  Pre-registration and attendance at all six sessions is required.  To register or to get more information about the workshop, visit https://ceacw.org/find-a-workshop; call 518-442-5585 or contact Community Caregivers at 518-456-2898.

“We are proud of the programs we provide to help further educate individuals within our community on how to better care for themselves and their loved ones,” explained Community Caregivers Program Director, Marlene Hildenbrandt.  She added, “These particular topics are very relevant for our times no matter your age and I encourage you to consider attending one or both of these free workshops.”

Community Caregivers is a non-profit organization that provides free, non-medical services to residents in Guilderland, Bethlehem, Altamont, Berne, Knox, and the city of Albany through a strong volunteer pool of dedicated individuals with a desire to assist their neighbors.  The 20 year mission of Community Caregivers is to enable individuals of all ages to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life within their homes and communities. 

If you are interested in becoming a Community Caregiver volunteer, please consider attending the upcoming Volunteer Orientation on October 2 at the Community Caregivers office located at 2021 Western Ave., Suite 104 in Albany beginning at 5:30 pm.

Since 2010, it is estimated that Community Caregivers has had more than 230 volunteers provide 16,500 services to nearly 500 individuals.  Services include visitations, transportation, respite for caregivers, shopping assistance, prescription pickup, telephone assurance calls, help with paperwork and chores, and even assisting with meal preparation as needed. 

For more information about the organization, email info@communitycaregivers.org, call 518-456-2898, or visit www.communitycaregivers.org.

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