Queens University and The Ivey to Host “Caring for the Elderly” series

Queens University of Charlotte and The Ivey® , the adult day care center in Charlotte’s Southpark area, invite caregivers to “Caring for the Elderly,” a series of programs that will provide valuable information and training for family members and other caregivers of aging loved ones. This collaboration was inspired by the growing number of adults in the Charlotte community who care for aging family members in their home or in an assisted living facility. The speakers and trainers are leaders in their fields.

“Caring for the Elderly” is a series of five sessions held on Saturday mornings in March from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will leave with powerful tools to ease their caregiving experience. Topics will vary each week, and sessions will include time to meet and share ideas with other caregivers. Participants may register for individual sessions or all five for a more comprehensive overview.

“Caring for the Elderly” March 2012 Schedule:
3/3: Elder Care Options and Reducing Relocation Stress
3/10: Taking Care of Finances and Estate Planning
3/17: Understanding Medicare, Living Wills and Hospice & Palliative Care
3/24: Strategies for Handling Caregiver Burnout
3/31: Communicating with Healthcare Providers, Including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

View the full program schedule and register at www.queens.edu/elderly-care. For participants registering by January 31, the cost is $20 per session or $100 for all five. After that, the fees are $29 per session or $125 for all. The sessions will meet at the Queens Sports Complex & Conference Center at 2229 Tyvola Road in Charlotte.

As part of this partnership, The Ivey adult day care center at 6030 Park South Drive will open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow registered participants of the series to drop off elderly family members for a special rate of $20 per person each Saturday. Advanced registration for adult day care is required by calling The Ivey at 704-909-2070. Breakfast and lunch are provided. To view photos of The Ivey, visit www.theivey.com.

About Caregiving in Charlotte
There are more than 66 million family caregivers in the United States – nearly 30 percent of the entire U.S. population. Seven out of 10 of these people are caring for older adults, and most of the caregivers are women, according to a 2011 ABC World News report. In a 2005 local study, Mecklenburg County’s aging and family caregiver populations mirror those in the national studies.

Caring for aging parents can be a full-time job, often taking an emotional, financial or even physical toll on the caregiver. Caregivers often have busy schedules, families, and jobs of their own. The constant stress can take up to 10 years off the caregiver’s life.

About Queens University of Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing. For more information, visit www.queens.edu

About The Ivey
The Ivey® is a not-for-profit adult day care center that provides daytime services for people living with Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss, social isolation, or physical frailty due to stroke, Parkinson’s, and similar illnesses. The Ivey offers socialization, engaging activities, meals from a Johnson & Wales-trained chef, and healthcare monitoring from an on-site registered nurse. The Ivey’s services allow caregivers to hold jobs, continue friendships, and refresh from the responsibilities of providing constant care. For more information, visit www.theivey.com .