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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Help for Caregivers

According to the National Family Caregivers Association, Virginia ranks 12th among U.S. states with the largest number of individuals who care for chronically ill, disabled or aged family members or friends. More than 740,000 caregivers in the Old Dominion provide 793 million hours of care per year.

Nationwide, approximately 60 percent of caregivers are women; the typical caregiver is a 46-year-old woman caring for a widowed mother who does not live with her. Thirty percent of caregivers who provide care for seniors are 65 or older themselves, and another 15 percent are between the ages of 45 and 54.

But each statistic represents someone who seeks support for his or her unique situation. In Fairfax County, one major resource is the Area Agency on Aging, which sponsors the Caregiver Seminar Consortium. The Fairfax County Public Library’s Access Services branch also offers services for seniors with visual impairment and other disabilities, including providing recorded books through the Talking Book program of the Library of Congress.

If you or someone you know is a caregiver, learn more at the workshop below:

Tuesday, October 30, 7 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Legal and Financial Challenges of Caregiving. Learn about essential legal and financial tools to aid in long-term care planning. Cosponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium. George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. To register, call 703-324-5205. Adults.

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