Workshop offered for caregivers on mental health and isolation


DAYTON — The Area Agency on Aging will hold a 3.0 credit hour continuing education workshop from 1 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, online via Zoom.

Cost for the program is $40 to earn CEUS or $20 to attend without CEUs. Advance registration is requested by March 11. More information and the registration form is available at https://info4seniors.org/news/educational-opportunities/ or by emailing knevius@info4seniors.org.

Presenter is Rebecca Ketron, program coordinator in the Training Division of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Montgomery County.

This workshop topics recognizes that under normal circumstances, older adults may experience loneliness and depression. But with the cancellation of many community events and social distancing requirements due to COVID-19, the senior population can feel even more isolated. This training will discuss the special concerns for this group specifically related to the pandemic, but also applicable in normal times.

Those who care for our older adults can struggle with burnout. This training will address how to recognize compassion fatigue, and how to prevent it by maintaining a healthful life balance and nurturing physical and mental well-being. Those attending will be provided an opportunity to identify and evaluate their own self-care strategies, select specific activities from a variety of options, and create a personal self-care plan.