Hattiesburg- Family care giving
is on the rise as America ages and more people with disabilities live in the community.
Unpaid family caregivers are critical to the future health and welfare of all
communities. As Rosalynn Carter once said, "There are only four kinds of
those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who
will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers."
Institute for Disability Studies (Project ShareCare) at The University of Southern
Mississippi, Forrest General Hospital, Jackson State University School of Social
Work, Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition and the Mississippi Department of
Mental Health are sponsoring the Pine Belt Caregiver Resource Fair and Symposium
on April 26 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Family Y in Hattiesburg to thank and support
these caregivers, community members, and professionals working with these families.
All family caregivers, especially those caring for adults over 60, are strongly
encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend the Resource Fair exhibits.
Family caregivers will be able to get valuable information from various agencies
offering services to caregivers at the Resource Fair.
will also be a symposium on topics of interest to family caregivers, community
members, and professionals working with families. Topics include "A Family
Caregiver Story," "The Employed Family Caregiver," "Caregiving
and Coping," "Grief and Loss," and "Resources for Family Caregivers"
(a panel discussion). There is no charge for family caregivers. Professionals
and non-caregivers symposium registration fee is $50. Continuing Education Units
(CEUs) are available to a variety of professionals. To obtain a registration form,
call IDS at 1-888-671-0051 or Theresia Ratliff at (601) 432-6818 or visit www.usm.edu/ids.
ShareCare is partially funded by the Southern Mississippi Area Agency on Aging.
ShareCare is a project of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University
of Southern Mississippi. The Institute provides university training, community
service activities, research, and information that promote the independence, productivity,
and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families. For
more information about IDS, visit www.usm.edu/ids or call 1-888-671-0051 (TTY).