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Actor Henry Winkler to Keynote Western Connecticut’s Fearless Caregiver Conference on May 24th

Family caregivers seeking advice, support and answers as they care for ill loved ones will come together at seminar/lunch in Southbury on May 24th. Tickets are sponsored by Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging and Today’s Caregiver magazine.

PRLog - Mar. 9, 2012 - SOUTHBURY, Conn. -- Today’s Caregiver magazine, the nation’s leading magazine for family and professional caregivers since 1995, announced today that legendary "Happy Days" star Henry Winkler will serve as the keynote speaker at the magazine’s 116th Fearless Caregiver Conference. The event will be held from 8:30 – 2:30 on May 24th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut.   Family caregivers interested in speaking with and receiving caregiving advice from aging and disability experts, caregiver advocates, Social Security specialists, elder law professionals, homecare and facility coordinators and support organizations can register for the daylong seminar and lunch sponsored by the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging. Tickets are available at http://www.FearlessCaregiver.com or by calling (877) 829-2734.

Mr. Winkler is the ambassador for the "Open Arms: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity" educational campaign which aims to reach those who are impacted by upper limb spasticity and don't know where to turn for help. Mr. Winkler is personally familiar with the impact that upper limb spasticity can have on a person.  His late mother struggled with the condition, without treatment, for 10 years following a stroke before she passed away.  

Registration Includes Lunch:  Limited free registrations are available for family caregivers online at http://www.FearlessCaregiver.com or by calling 877-829-2734. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 1284 Strongtown Road, Southbury Connecticut.

Gary Barg is the event host and moderator. A noted speaker, writer and publisher on caregiving issues since 1995, Gary Barg is founder and editor-in-chief of the first national magazine for caregivers, Today’s http://www.caregiver.com , as well the original online caregiver community, caregiver.com.

“We are proud to once again partner with the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging to present the Western Connecticut Fearless Caregiver Conference. And of course, are especially excited about Mr. Winkler’s participation in the event. He will be our cover interview in the May/June edition of Today’s Caregiver magazine and we are looking forward to his sharing his insights with the caregivers in attendance at the event,” states Barg.  

This will mark the 116th Fearless Caregiver Conference that Mr. Barg has hosted. Gary Barg is the author of the book, The Fearless Caregiver: how to get the best care for your loved one and still have a life of your own.

What Support Is Available For Connecticut Caregivers? The financial decisions made at the state level have enormous consequences to the nearly one half million caregivers living in Connecticut. Join caregiving experts for the day to learn how these decisions will affect you and what support will be available as you care for your loved ones.

Fearless Caregiver Conference participants will learn:
•   What support is available for Connecticut family caregivers
•   Where the money is for caregivers
•   How to partner with their family members
•   How to ask questions of healthcare leaders in the area
•   How to get a loved one to stop driving
•   Share information with their fellow caregivers

Who Should Attend?
•   Children of aging parents
•   Parents caring for children
•   Spousal caregivers
•   Long-distance caregivers
•   Grandparent caregivers
•   Pastoral caregivers
•   Volunteer caregivers
•   Professional caregivers
•   And anyone else seeking hands-on advice

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call (800) 829-2734 for information and to reserve your space.

The Greater Nashville Regional Council Area Agency on Aging and Disability is presenting sponsor of the April 11th Fearless Caregiver Conference planned for the Millennium Maxwell House 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville. A limited number of complimentary tickets are still available at http://www.FearlessCaregiver.com.

2012 schedule will include: New Haven, Atlanta, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and other cities TBA.

Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (WCAAA) is a private, non-profit corporation. Through designation as an Area Agency on Aging, the WCAAA is a funding source for services designed to maintain seniors in the community. Funding is derived from federal, state and local sources with clients contributing toward the cost of many supportive services.

Federal and non-federal funding finances services such as congregate and home delivered meals, legal, chore, health, adult day care/respite, transportation, veterans outreach, senior centers, benefits outreach and health screenings for seniors in the 41 town western CT area. Our home based senior assessments frequently act as a gateway to our programs and services. The Agency administers the statewide Alzheimer Respite Care Program, as well as the following programs with federal funding: National Family Caregiver Support, Money Follows the Person, Live Well, Congregate Housing Service and through a contract with the local Housing Authorities, the Resident Service Coordination Project. The WCAAA is a resource for information and referral to services for older adults and through research, serves as an advocate for older adults in the 41 towns. As a member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the WCAAA is part of a national referral network focused on assisting seniors and caregivers.

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Caregiver Media Group
Established in 1995, Caregiver Media Group has become the recognized media authority on caregiving through Today’s Caregiver magazine, http://www.Caregiver.com , the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, the award winning book - The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own, as well as Caregiver Media Group's award winning content and custom publications.

Today’s Caregiver magazine contains cover interviews with celebrity caregivers, articles on caregiving issues and vital resources for all caregivers. Cover interviews have included Leeza Gibbons, Clay Walker, Kathy Greenlee, Debbie Reynolds, Dixie Carter, Debbie Reynolds, Della Reese, Linda Dano, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Robert Urich and Clay Aiken. The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge at Caregiver.com.

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