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Adult Children of Aging Parents to look at holidays

Adult Children of Aging Parents to look at holidays

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HICKORY, N.C. — Adult Children of Aging Parents presents “Home for the Holidays” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N. Center St., Hickory .

Focusing on the upcoming holidays and family gatherings, the program will offer insights regarding holiday visits with aging parents and ways to reduce caregiver stress, an all-too-often “companion” of the season. “Home for the Holidays” will include “Mom & Dad Aren’t OK … Now What?”, presented by Meghan Lawton, program and development manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Foothills Area ; and “Easing Caregiver Holiday Stress, ” by Mary Mitchell, family caregiver support specialist, Area Agency on Aging, Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

“Mom & Dad Aren’t OK … Now What?” will offer attendees the opportunity to gain insights regarding what to look for during holiday visits (or any visit) with aging parents, changes that may indicate additional assistance is needed, and where to turn for help. Although designed for family members dealing with a loved one with cognitive issues, the presentation offers insights, information and tips for all adult-children of aging parents.

“Easing Caregiver Stress” will provide insights into holiday triggers that often prompt additional stress and ways to lessen the strain during this all-too-often stressful time. Mitchell will offer a list of typical stress triggers, ways to anticipate them and specific techniques for de-stressing, particularly during the hectic holiday season.

Both presentations of "Home for the Holidays" will offer information for adult-children and other family caregivers.

In order to ensure adequate seating, ACAP is now meeting at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church fellowship hall. The fellowship hall and parking are at the back of the church.

To register for the program, e-mail or call 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

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