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Free web conference to help family caregivers identify depression in aging parents

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The nonprofit National Private Duty Association (NPDA), along with its chapters, announced it will host a consumer education web conference entitled Depression and Older Adults and#8211; What Every Caregiver Should Know on March 13, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. The live and interactive program will provide advice on how family caregivers can work with professionals to identify this condition and develop an effective plan of care for a loved one with depression. Caregivers will learn how to identify key issues and problems, locate needed experts and resources, and outline a plan to provide the best care for a parent. The event is free of charge to participants.

The web conference topics include diagnosis of depression, association between depression, anxiety and memory loss, understanding which medications are safe and effective, along with resources and tools for monitoring treatment and improvement.

and#8220;One out of three older adults suffers from major depression,and#8221; said Sheila McMackin, president of NPDA. and#8220;Our goal is to provide information to help family caregivers increase the quality of life and identify beneficial treatment and care options for their loved ones.and#8221;

The eventand#8217;s presenter is Steven C. Fox, D.O., medical director, Wellspring Personal Care. For the past 30 years, the primary focus of Dr. Foxand#8217;s clinical practice, teaching and research has been on the care and treatment for the elderly and disabled. He has been a trend-setter in the area or geriatric and Alzheimerand#8217;s care since the mid 1970s. Dr. Fox provides hands-on consultation and oversight for families to assess a loved oneand#8217;s limitations and capabilities and create a plan of care that will enable the person to stay in his/her own home. Dr. Fox was the founder of Wellspring Gerontological Services in Chicago in 1985. He is an active member of several medical associations addressing aging and health issues.

Pre-registration for the event is required. Sign up at http://www.privatedutyhomecare.org.

The NPDA is the first and only association in the country dedicated exclusively to private pay home care providers. The NPDA, a nonprofit organization, currently represents more than 1,300 home care agencies in 44 states and Puerto Rico.

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