Health & Wellness series to kick off discussing health of caregivers

2015 Health Wellness SessionThe Marion Area Safety Council is partnering with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and OhioHealth Marion to present a four‐part Health & Wellness series open to all members of the community. Each series will have local experts share information and resources on a key Health & Wellness related issue affecting our community.

There is no cost to attend these sessions which are open to the public.

The first session, scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2015, will focus on caregivers. The session runs from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Tri‐Rivers Career Center Auditorium, 2222 Marion‐Mt. Gilead Road in Marion.

As the population ages, more caregiving is being provided by people who aren’t health care professionals. Family caregivers tend to be so concerned with the well‐being of their loved ones that they often ignore their own needs. Caregivers who fail to take time for self‐care are subject to stress‐related illness and other problems that can undermine the task to which they are so lovingly

In one out of every three U.S. households, at least one member is a caregiver, looking after someone with a disability or disease. This session brings together multiple agencies from Marion to speak about a topic that may affect many of us. Learn how you can effectively manage being a caregiver.

Presented by OhioHealth Home Care, speakers will include:

  • Anna Bomas, MSW, LSW
    • Positive thinking — learning how to develop and affirm the positiveness in your thinking process
    • Where is my power in this? — embracing your role as a caregiver
    • Self‐healing — taking a more self‐initiated, active role in your brain health to improve physical and mental well‐being Marion Council on Aging
  • Ronnie Henson, LISW and Certified Dementia Practitioner
    • Involve others in your plan of care — family church members, neighbors, etc
    • Deal with negative thoughts — recognize and deal with the anger/guilt feelings, etc
    • Be open to help from community resources — seek out local resources for help Kingston Residence of Marion
  • Bob Goyer, Community Relations Director
    • Compassion fatigue — If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for others
    • Misconceptions about caregiving — Caregiving is harder than what you and others think
    • The 5 phases of caregiving — If you recognize which phase you are in, you can avoid burnout
  • Mike Witzky, LISW, OhioHealth Marion Area Physicians
    • Caregiver stress — what you need to know
    • Signs of caregiver stress — you are so caring for your loved one, you may not realize that your own health and well‐being are suffering
    • Strategies for dealing with caregiver stress — if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for anyone else

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Presented by: Rebecca Nardin Hardy, Outpatient Dietician, OhioHealth
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Understanding Addiction
    Presented by: Crawford/Marion County ADAMH Board
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Weekend Warriors Strains and Sprains
    Presented by: Aaron Fritz, DO, and Brent Mellis, MD, Orthopedic Surgeons,
    OhioHealth Marion Area Physicians
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