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Registration open for Family Caregivers Conference

The Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Maui County Office on Aging, will sponsor Maui County’s 14th annual Family Caregivers Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.

The event, co-sponsored by AARP, is designed to educate and support family caregivers and is held each year in November in observance of National Caregivers month.

The conference will feature keynote speakers, along with more than 20 resource exhibitors offering free information and materials to those in attendance.

The conference rate is $15 for seniors, caregivers and students and $25 for professionals; registration includes continental breakfast and a buffet lunch.

Scholarships are available from Maui County Office on Aging for the general public and for Native Hawaiians through Alu Like. Bus transportation from Central Maui to the resort is available for registered participants by contacting the Office on Aging at 270-7755 and will be provided by Maui Economic Opportunity.

To register, send the participant’s name, agency affiliation if any, address, phone, email and a check payable to the Maui County Office on Aging by Nov. 13 to the Maui County Office on Aging, J. Walter Cameron Center, Room 20, Wailuku, 96793.

This year’s keynote speaker will once again be Dr. Laura Mosqueda of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved, according to a news release.

Also featured will be noted guest speaker, Hawaii-born Frances Kakugawa, author, poet and caregiver.

In 2004, Kakugawa was awarded a Hawaii-Pacific Gerontological Society Award for her work with Hawaii’s elderly.

She has authored several books, including the Mom’s Choice Award winning children’s book, “Wordsworth Dances the Waltz.”

Also joining the conference as presenters will be Pamela Cunningham, state health insurance assistance coordinator, covering the topic of Medicare in Hawaii, and Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier, who will discuss the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers training currently available to families in Maui County.

Agencies that would like to participate as an exhibitor may contact Norma Circle for an application by phone at 270-7755 or by email at norma.circle@mauicounty.gov.

The deadline for exhibitor applications is Oct. 19.