Caring for Family, Caring for Yourself

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Hawaii is home to more than 154,000 family caregivers and the numbers are expected to rise as the state’s population ages.

How do we as a community navigate some of the challenges that come with this role and responsibility?

This morning on Wake Up 2day, Jackie Boland, AARP Outreach Director, joined us in studio to talk about an upcoming conference that can help.

The theme of this year’s conference on March 24 is Caring for Family, Caring for Yourself.

Boland said if you’re a caregiver, you can’t take good care of someone else unless you take care of yourself. Being a caregiver can take a tremendous physical and emotional toll.

Dr. Sherry Kogan who is with Queens and the UH Medical School will tell conference attendees about ways to make sure you are taking care of yourself, while taking care of others. Trainer Cat Sawai will show us some simple exercises that anyone can do to reduce stress.

AARP’s national president Eric Schneidewind will speak about what family caregivers want and how to help them get it and something new this year is Virtual Reality goggles and how they are being used to help older people. It’s new technology that’s being used in a unique way.

People are urged to pre-register by calling 1-877-926-8300 or go online to AARP.org/HI

The conference is free.

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