HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Sept. 18, 2014)– Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers invite area residents to help them celebrate November as National Family Caregivers Month by sharing their stories about family and professional caregivers.
Senior Services welcomes stories from caregivers as well as from anyone wishing to honor a caregiver in his or her life. The stories must be submitted between Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.
The two most poignant stories will be read aloud during “A Salute to Caregivers” sponsored by JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers during the luncheon program at “The Art of Healthy Aging Forum & Expo,” on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. The half-day forum will feature national and regional experts on aging and wellness and other issues important to senior citizens and their family members.
Also, all caregivers attending the lunch will be asked to stand and be recognized as unsung heroes and applauded for making a difference in the lives of others.
“Our integrated medical practice serves Medicare-eligible seniors,” says Dr. Susan Girois, medical director at JenCare. “We see the amazing difference caregivers can make daily — especially for seniors living with multiple chronic health conditions. We’re delighted that Virginia caregivers are being celebrated for their vital efforts to improve the health and well being of seniors.”
Caregiver stories may be submitted by mail or online. Stories that are mailed should go to Caregiver Stories, c/o Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, 6350 Center Drive, Bldg. 5, #101, Norfolk, VA 23502. For story guidelines and a link to the online submissions form, please go to the A Salute to Caregivers link found on the homepage at www.ssseva.org. Stories will be judged by a panel that includes a JenCare Neighborhood Medical Center, other health care professionals and clergy. “Whether you are a family member or professional, caregivers are a special people. You unselfishly devote your time and energy to ensure the health and welfare of another individual – whether it’s child, adult or senior,” says Senior Services CEO John N. Skirven. “We would love to read your stories and share a couple of them at our Art of Healthy Aging Forum.” The overall event’s keynote luncheon speaker will be Dr. Stefan Gravenstein, a national expert on geriatrics who directs the Center for Geriatric Medicine at University Hospitals, Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and former director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. He will be introduced by Dr. Robert Palmer, the current director of the EVMS Glennan Center. Morning workshop topics will be Healthy Sex, Financial Fitness, Advance Care Planning, Retirement Living and Lifestyles, Healthy Caregiving, Going Out in Style, Healthy Brain and Medicare 101 Basics. The Art of Healthy Aging Forum & Expo is being presented by Virginia Eye Consultants, as the naming sponsor, and being produced by Senior Services. The event is expected to draw 300 to 500 people, while some 75 to 100 exhibitors will be offering products and services designed to support active aging and retirement.
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