Barton to host caregiving conference

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The 17th annual Caregiver Education Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 4, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.

The gerontology program at Barton, Dementia Alliance (formerly Alzheimer’s North Carolina) and the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program will again partner to present the conference. The Barton conference, and the series of caregiver conferences conducted across North Carolina, owe their origin to the late Dr. Joseph D. Russell. This year’s conference is dedicated to Sarah Poole Russell, Russell’s wife, who died in 2018.

The Caregiver Education Conference at Barton is supported through an endowment that Joseph Russell established in memory of his mother, Lillian Hester McDaniel Russell, who served as a caregiver for her husband, Norman, following his stroke and, later, declining health. This endowment also honors family caregivers across the state.

Registration for family caregivers, clergy, volunteers and students is $10 per person. Registration for professional caregivers will be $40 per person and will include three continuing education units. Visit https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/acls/ceu.html for more information regarding CEUs and learning objectives. Respite reimbursement is available with prior approval. A limited number of scholarships are also available to cover registration for family caregivers.

Same-day registration will be on a space-available basis. Early registration is encouraged to ensure a seat. To submit your registration or to request additional information about the conference, respite reimbursement or scholarships for family caregivers, contact Lisa Levine at Alzheimer’s North Carolina, 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615, call 1-800-228-8738 or email llevine@DementiaNC.org.


The conference will include three keynote sessions.

Melanie Bunn, dementia training specialist with Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will lead the day’s sessions by addressing how professionals are moving forward with research and care of dementia.

Dr. Donna Roberson of the Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program will follow with a presentation on safe medication administration for those living with dementia.

The final session will feature a panel of three family caregivers with different caregiving responsibilities, sharing their stories in a presentation that includes a question and answer session. Gary Fuquay, Tom McCann and Rachel Strauss will be on the interactive panel.

This year, the presentations and supportive programs, as well as the service vendors and the refreshments, have been relocated to Hardy Alumni Hall, a larger venue on the Barton campus.

More than 25 programs and services plan to be on site as resources for family caregivers attending the conference.

The day will begin with check-in and registration at 8 a.m., followed by an opening welcome at 9 a.m. by Stephanie Russell Bacon, the daughter of the late Dr. Joe Russell. Between the three sessions, participants will have an opportunity to meet with exhibitors for additional information and to ask follow-up questions. Refreshments will be served throughout the conference.