Senior care workshop to highlight several topics
A senior care workshop will be held Sept. 28 from 2-4 p.m. at First Assembly of God on U.S. 231 North.
The event is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, First Assembly of God, Interim Healthcare, Middle Tennessee Pharmacy Services and Tennova Healthcare. It's free and open to the community.
Gail Drye of Interim Healthcare said the event is a result of up to a year of discussions among the various sponsor organizations about the topics of most interest to senior citizens and the family members who care for them.
"What we've done is look for those people that our community is doing business with on a daily basis that can answer those questions," said Drye. "We want to educate, equip and support Bedford County with accurate information from sources they can trust. That's the goal."
She said the event will not be a sales presentation.
"There's no selling going on at this event," she said.
People attending the event will be able to choose two breakout sessions from a list of eight, based on that community feedback about the most needed issues. The sessions are:
• Veterans, Medicare and other benefits. Drye noted that the event will take place only a few weeks before the beginning of the open enrollment period for Medicare, which starts in mid-October.
• The difference between assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities.
• Home health, including the difference between skilled and non-skilled care.
• Communicating with your doctor.
• Senior safety, both financial safety and physical safety. Drye noted that senior citizens are often targets for scam artists. Recently, one senior citizen got a call from scammers telling her that her grandson needed bail money. Although she had stopped driving, she got in the car to meet the scammers in Murfreesboro with a check for $3,000. On the way, she got into an accident and totalled the car. In June, a local couple was held at gunpoint by prison escapees. Law enforcement representatives will present safety tips and recommendations.
• Nutrition, prescriptions and medical necessities;
• Legal questions; and
• Preventing and responding to a stroke.
Plenty of info
Speakers will include an attorney, a banker, law enforcement, and so on.
All speakers will have handouts, and there will be a resource center in the vestibule of the church with information about all of the topics, so if you're interested in a topic but weren't able to attend that session, you can still get the information.
Or, said Drye, family members may want to split up to attend more sessions. There will also be information available about programs like "meals on wheels" or how to get durable medical equipment at an affordable cost.
The sessions will be geared towards practical, easy-to-understand information, said Drye.
"It's real easy to talk to the health care lingo," she said, "but so often people don't have the practical health care information."
The event will begin with a brief welcome, then the breakout sessions, and will conclude with a question-and-answer session and door prizes. Veterans will be recognized during the event as well.