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Full-day conference will provide support, resources and guidance to caregivers caring for aging loved ones
February 16, 2012 San Jose, CA

More than one in 10 Santa Clara County residents gave regular care or assistance to an aging or ill adult in 2009, and one in three reported stress as one of the biggest challenges, according to the Santa Clara County 2010 Health Profile Report. To help meet the needs of local caregivers, the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County will hold its Third Annual Caregivers Count! Conference for Silicon Valley residents caring for aging loved ones.

The Caregivers Count! Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Sunnyvale Senior Center, 550 E. Remington Drive in Sunnyvale. Caregivers Count! will provide support, resources and guidance to informal and family caregivers.

“Nationally, one in four individuals serves as a caregiver for a friend or loved one over age 50.  Informal caregivers, such as a spouse or partner, children, and friends, provide more care in the home than the federal government provides in all settings combined. Additionally, more than one-third of caregivers provide intense and continuing care to others while suffering from poor health themselves”, said Caregivers Count! Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair Amy Andonian, who is also the program director of Caregiver Services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

Attendees will hear from experts on topics that include Self Care and Stress Management; Legal Aspects of Aging; End of Life and Palliative Care, and Navigating Community Resources The conference will be available in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese.

The conference is free but space is limited.  To register, visit www.agingservicescollaborative. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Aken at 408.559.5589 or at The Health Trust.

Caregiver Counts! Planning committee includes representative from the Alzheimer’s Activity Center, Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Family Caregiver Alliance, Hospice of the Valley, Live Oak Adult Day Services, On Lok Lifeways, Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty, Stanford eCampus, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

About the Aging Services Collaborative:
The Aging Services Collaborative (ASC) is a consortium of organizations and individuals working together to provide leadership and build community-wide capacity to support, maintain, and promote the well-being of older adults and their caregivers in Santa Clara County. The collaborative consists of more than 87 organizations and 122 active individuals, including city and county agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations, and other community advocates. Visit for more information.

For more information contact:
Patty Fisher