Eagle Valley Senior Life rebrands to Caregiver Connections
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What: The Vail Valley Partnership After Hours Mixer with Caregiver Connections
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Blue Moose Pizza, Lionshead
Cost: Free to attend
More information: Visit vailvalleypartnership.org.
Eagle Valley Senior Life: Partners in Elder Caregiving, a nonprofit organization in Eagle County, has changed its name to Caregiver Connections: Resources for Senior Care.
The nonprofit is celebrating the name change and National Family Caregiver Month with an event today with the Vail Valley Partnership After Hours Mixer featuring Caregiver Connections.
The event is from 5-7 p.m. at Blue Moose Pizza in Lionshead. The community is invited to come.
Wendy Miller, board president and a caregiver herself, said, “The name better reflects our mission, which is to connect family caregivers of older adults to resources and respite that will empower them to be the best caregivers they can be. We aim to be the one-stop resource for caregivers of older adults in the valley.”
The number of people over age 65 has doubled in the rural mountain region since 2010 and is predicted to be 17% of the total population by 2035.
Because of the expense of long-term care and the increasing desire of older adults to age in place, family members are increasingly being called on to serve as caregivers.
The stress and the challenges of caregiving are well documented, and research has shown that they can lead to depression, physical stress and financial strain.
Caregiver Connections, initially formed by a group of caregivers, consults with caregivers to connect them with resources and services they need. It also offers the Senior Spot and Activity Buddies programs, both designed to provide respite for caregivers while offering activities for their loved ones.
In partnership with Eagle County Healthy Aging, Caregiver Connections also offers a support group, primarily for caregivers of people with memory loss, that meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church.
Watching YouTube videos of cats playing piano is fun and all, but at some point during the frigid winters, we all need to leave our houses.