Why Caregivers need to take a break, Gail Sheehy

“Passages” author Gail Sheehy will be keynote speaker Thursday at a county-hosted biennial summit on aging that features discussions on the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia.

Gaily Sheehy, author of “Passages.” Image via YouTube

The event’s theme this year is “Creating a Safe and Caring Community.”

Sheehy will address some of the challenges caregivers face and what she has learned from her experience caring for her ill husband for several years and from other caregivers who had contacted her.

The summit at the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley will focus on safety and other caregiver concerns, including self-defense, fall prevention, identity theft protection and financial planning, county officials said.

Philanthropist Darlene Shiley, a former caregiver, is also scheduled to give a presentation called “From Heartbreak to Hope.”

Also at the conference, experts on Alzheimer’s disease are scheduled to lead sessions on topics related to the disease, which county officials said is the third leading cause of death in San Diego County — behind cancer and heart disease.

More than 60,000 area residents suffer from Alzheimer’s, with 80 percent being cared for at home, and the figure is expected to double by 2030, according to the county Board of Supervisors.

Last month, the county Board of Supervisors launched a plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease called “The Alzheimer’s Project,” which was designed to bring together researchers, caregivers and experts to improve patient care and treatment and to help develop an awareness campaign focusing on early diagnosis and warning signs.

Presentations can be viewed between 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at new.livestream.com/MSIPro/HHSA.

— City News Service