The 2014 Family Caregivers Conference drew a large audience of government officials, agency representatives and family caregivers. Credit: County of Maui / Monica Morakis.

Registration Now Open for 14th Annual Family Caregivers Conference

The Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Maui County Office on Aging, is pleased to announce it will sponsor Maui County’s 14th Annual Family Caregivers Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. The event, co-sponsored by AARP, is designed to educate and support family caregivers, and is held each year in November in observance of National Caregivers month. This month is proclaimed by the President and our County to recognize the importance of caregivers.

The 14th Annual Family Caregivers Conference will feature keynote speakers, along with more than 20 resource exhibitors offering free information and materials to those in attendance. The conference rate is $15 for seniors, caregivers and students and $25 for professionals; registration includes continental breakfast and a buffet lunch.

Scholarships are available from Maui County Office on Aging for the general public and for Native Hawaiians through ALU LIKE, Inc. Bus transportation from Central Maui to Makena Beach & Golf Resort is available for registered participants by contacting the Office on aging at 270-7755 and will be provided by of Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

To register, send participant’s name, agency affiliation if any, address, phone, email and a check payable to the Maui County Office on Aging by Friday, Nov. 13 to the Maui County Office on Aging, J. Walter Cameron Center, Room 20, Wailuku, HI 96793.

“Caring for ‘ohana is something most people don’t stop to ‘think’ about; they just do it,” said Maui County Executive on Aging Deborah Stone-Walls. “Whether based on ideology or cultural upbringing, it’s one of the concepts that holds strong in Hawaii. That doesn’t mean the life of a caregiver is easy, and there’s no ‘how-to’ book on caregiving. Therefore, caregivers often feel like they’re on their own. Caregivers learn to deal with life through trial and error or through discussion with family and friends. The truth is, family caregivers deserve as much help and support as possible, and this conference is a wonderful resource for our family caregivers.”

This year’s keynote speaker will once again be Dr. Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. She is also an expert on medical education curricula design, development and implementation. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Mosqueda served the past 16 years at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine as associate dean of primary care, chair and professor of family medicine and geriatrics, and holder of the Ronald W. Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics.

Also featured will be noted guest speaker, Hawaii-born Frances Kakugawa, author, poet, and caregiver. In 2004, Frances was awarded a Hawaii-Pacific Gerontological Society Award for her work with Hawaii’s elderly. Frances has authored several books including the Mom’s Choice Award winning children’s book, “Wordsworth Dances the Waltz.” This story was written in memory of her mother, Matsue Kakugawa, who loved to dance the waltz and fox-trot at PTA meetings at Kapoho School. Her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and this book was aimed at helping children and families understand Alzheimer’s and aging grandparents. Today, Frances continues to write, conduct support groups for caregivers, give writing workshops for adults and children, and give lectures on caregiving and writing throughout the U.S.

Also joining the conference as presenters will be Pamela Cunningham, Hawaii SHIP Coordinator, covering the topic of Medicare in Hawaii and Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier, who will discuss the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers training currently available to families in Maui County.

Agencies that would like to participate as an exhibitor may contact Norma Circle for an application at ph. 270-7755 or email [email protected]. Deadline for exhibitor applications is Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. For more information on the conference, call 270-7755.



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