By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The University of Central Oklahoma Sandwich Generation Multigenerational Caregiving Conference and Expo will be held on Wednesday, March 9, at the Nigh University Center in Edmond from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers more than thirty resource agencies along with free admission, parking and prize drawings.
The conference is for individuals who are “sandwiched” between taking care of their children, grand-children, aging parents, and family members with disabilities while simultaneously striving to meet the needs of their employer, spouse, community, etc. It can also benefit individuals who have not yet, but may one day, become caregivers.
The result of being squeezed between these competing priorities often can cause caregivers to experience mental stress and depression, physical illnesses, and financial burdens.
This event can help this segment of the community to find much needed relief by connecting them to local resources, pertinent information, and personal care advice, that can help them better manage these competing forces and find work-life balance.
Special guest keynote and breakout speaker Paul Taylor (formerly Executive Director of Pew Research Center) is the author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown. He has given presentations on generational change to universities including Yale, Stanford, and NYU. He has appeared on television programs, such as the Daily Show and radio public affairs programs.
Taylor has a BA from Yale University and twice served as the visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton.
Additional speakers and session leaders include: Lance Robertson, state Director of the Aging Services, Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS); Jill Watskey, an Oklahoma City elder law attorney; Sandra Nikkel Engles, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Ray Walker, Divisional Director for the Medicare Assistance Program; Diane M. Wood, Director of Community Relations for Aging Services of the Oklahoma DHS; and Andrea Sneed, Caregiver Fundamental Program Social Services Supervisor at Sunbeam Family Services.
Participants can choose three breakout sessions that focus on a wide variety of topics including: “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” “Multigenerationa Caregiving.” “Respite: Care for the Caretaker,” “Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving,” “Effective Communication Strategies,” and others.
During lunch, an expert panel discussion will be led by Eunice Khoury, KTOK radio personality and host of the program, “Well Preserved.”
The conference also offers participants the opportunity to network with other attendees who are going through similar challenges
Sponsors include Oklahoma Senior Journal, Synergy Home Care, Autumn Life Center at OU Medical Center Edmond, Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs, and UCO Human Resources Professional Development.
For more information, a complete list of sessions and speakers, and to register, visit the website.
Registration closes at midnight on Thursday, March 3. To learn more, call 405-974-3670.