The Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center in New Rochelle was the site Monday of a free conference for seniors, family and caregivers. Presented by ElderServe Safe Center for Seniors, the conference was really about taking care of the caregiver.
The topics discussed in presentations and break-out workshops included getting support and resources and strategies for care. Christine Sotmary, executive director of Caregiver Access, had advice for caregivers staying healthy, saying they need to take a little time for themselves.
Among the information people could get at the conference was about making the home a safe environment for the elderly. Delali Goka of A Healthy You explained that home safety is a major factor for caregivers and their charges. She said a little education can make things much better..
Melody Keel, health and wellness coordinator for ElderServe, said she hoped caregivers at the conference would at the very least realized that they don't have to go through it alone, that there are support networks and resources available to them.