AARP official set to speak at caregivers conference Nov. 14

The national president of the AARP and a University of California Irvine professor of geriatrics will be speaking at the 12th annual Family Caregivers Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.

Robert Romasco, current national president of AARP, will discuss health and long-term care for Hawaii’s aging population.

Dr. Laura Mosqueda, professor of family medicine and geriatrics, will discuss the types of dementia and the pros and cons of commonly used medications. She also will lead a workshop on effective physician-patient partnerships.

The conference also will offer workshops on “Safe Transfers & Ambulation Safety,” “Advance Driving Directives” and more.

The theme of the conference, put on by the Maui County Office on Aging, is “Family Caregivers – Now More Than Ever!”

“Now more than ever, family members are leaving their jobs and using their savings to take care of their loved ones,” said Norma Circle, conference coordinator and aging and disability program specialist.

The registration fee is $15 for seniors, caregivers and students and $25 for professionals. The fee includes exhibits, workshops, door prizes, continental breakfast and lunch, as well as conference materials and activities.

Scholarships are available from the Maui County Office on Aging and from Alu Like for Native Hawaiians.

To register, send name, agency affiliation (if any), address, phone, email and a check payable to the Maui County Office on Aging by Thursday to the Maui County Office on Aging, J. Walter Cameron Center, Room 20, Wailuku 96793.

Bus transportation from Central Maui to Makena Beach & Golf Resort is available by contacting the Office on Aging at 270-7755.