Elder Conference- Independence, KS

 

“Which Part of the Sandwich are YOU?” is the title of a free conference to be held November 21 at the Independence Civic Center, 401 N. Penn, Independence, KS.  There will be two opportunities to attend this conference - from 9:00AM - Noon and again at 6:30PM - 8:30PM.

Linda Farrar, BSN, will address the subject of how all generations are affected as they become dependent upon one another when you, your parents, grandparents, or spouses, whose physical or mental health are impaired by sickness or aging.  This conference focuses on the needs of each “part of the sandwich” and helps you see what your role is in your family.  Depending on “which part of the sandwich” you are - information addressed in this conference will assist you in planning for the years when you may be the caregiver or need care yourself. 

The conference focuses on recognizing symptoms that a loved one may need your help and the need to protect them from any neglect or even self-neglect. 

Topics that will be covered are: 

~          What to expect as families grow older and age

~          Recognizing self-neglect and exploitation

~          Prevention of neglect and abuse

~          Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

~          How to focus on the caregiver’s needs in order to keep a healthy balance

The Silent Generation (those born between 1925-1942) are now dealing with issues associated with aging.  The Baby Boomer population (those born between 1946 -1964) are the fastest growing aging population and are faced with responsibilities caring for the older generation and may still be responsible for children and perhaps grandchildren while dealing with their own health.  Generation X&Y (those born in early 1960’s - 1980 and early 1980’s - 2000) will soon replace their parents in providing support where needed or be responsible for providing care for them. 

Linda Farrar has dedicated her professional career to providing elders in senior living centers with quality of life and quality of care.  Linda received her BSN from The University of Iowa and her post-graduate Licensed Adult Care Home Administrator education from Kansas University. In 2000, Linda obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license and has served in the roles of administrator, Executive Director, Executive Management and Chief Operating Officer.  In July, 2011, Linda retired from her full-time position to enable her the time to enhance her work with elders in a consulting role.  Linda is a Kansas-approved Certified Activity Director instructor, and a certified ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium).  In the recent past, Linda has presented webinars for Kansas Health Care Association and Leading Age Kansas.  Linda has maintained a positive working relationship with Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services’ regulators and currently serves on a Survey Consistency Taskforce with KDADS regulators and other providers to improve the survey process in Kansas within the current regulatory parameters.  Linda has also served on the Health Occupation Credentialing Advisory Committee and the Washburn University School of Nursing Educational Advisory Council.

The conference is sponsored by the Southeast Kansas Senior Safety and Wellness Coalition, with funding provided by a grant of the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.  

There is no charge for the conference.  No matter where one falls in the cycle of life – this conference is for you.  Registration is not necessary but is appreciated by calling Susan Hill, at Four County Mental Health Center, 620.332.1912. 


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