Taking care of our elderly parents is rewarding but it can certainly be demanding, particular for middle agers who are in the sandwich generation and have to care for their children as well.
Caring for an elder loved one also requires different skill sets, depending on the medical and cognition condition of the older person and most family caregivers are not equipped with many of those skills.
How to dress a wound, for example. Or how to prevent your loved one from falls. How do you talk to an older person with dementia? These are all real issues which caregivers face and they often know where to go for answers.
Senior Care Asia, an online portal that acts as a resource for family caregivers, is organising “Senior Care Asia Live”, an event for family and professional caregivers, this weekend (November 10 and 11) at the Atria Shopping Gallery in Petaling Jaya. Admission for the event is free and doors open at 10.30 until 7pm.
Bringing together experts from various related fields, the aim of the two-day event is to provide support and answers to caregivers through talks and demonstration sessions.
The sessions will address the very basic issues that caregivers often face but find it difficult to address: for example, how do you prepare your home to make it easier for your elder loved one to move about or so they are not at risk of falling; how to move seniors – to or from the car, bed, chair – without hurting them or causing them discomfort; how do caregivers avoid burnout and instead find joy in caregiving; ideas of nutritious meals that are elder-friendly and so on.
There will even be a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef, Chef Wan.
Every presentation will end with a question and answer session with the presenters which include clinical psychologist Paul Jambunathan, Diedre Low and Helen Kok who run Caring for You, a Dementia care centre, Dr Warren Low who is the vice president of the Continence Foundation Malaysia, physiotherapist Lei Mee Mee and Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Dr Indra V. Selvarajah (who will speak on music therapy).
“It won’t just be a series of talks. There will be demonstrations on a stage where caregivers will get to see and experience, and not just listen to, solutions to some of their concerns. Not sure how to move you mother from her bed to a chair? We have the experts there to show you. Under their guidance, you can learn how to do it yourself. The aim of this two day live show is to actually give caregivers these useful tips that will make caregiving easier for them and their loved one,” says Greg Parker who founded Senior Care Asia with his wife, Jeamie.
Admission to the event is free and the first 100 who register will get a goodie bag. To find out more about the event, go to seniorcareasia.org/malaysia/seniorcare-asia-live-event/ Those interested can register at https://goo.gl/mNL4sB or send an email with your full name and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org