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The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., AARP, Inc. and several other organizations will teach forum-goers about preparing for caregivers.

Special to The Times

The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., AARP, Inc. and several other organizations will teach forum-goers about preparing for caregivers.
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., AARP, Inc. and several other organizations will teach forum-goers about preparing for caregivers.

The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., AARP, Inc. and several other organizations will hold a forum Saturday, Dec. 3 to prepare families for caregiving and ways to protect loved ones.

The forum is free and will be held at the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO) 300 8th Avenue West.

During the forum – which starts at 10:30 a.m. –  caregivers will have interactive panel discussions, health, financial and legal experts sharing resources and discuss how families can cope while caring for a loved one.

Approximately, one-third of the U.S. adult population are providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. More than half of black caregivers find themselves “sandwiched” between caring for an older person and a person under age 18, or caring for more than one older person, according to AARP.

Caregiving can impact families with financial hardship, emotional stress and job-related strain.

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute caregivers often “suffer loss of wages, health insurance and other job benefits, retirement saving or investing, and Social Security benefits.” Studies also reveal that emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives.

To register for the forum call 1-888-902-3011 or go to www.sendrsvp.com/bwa.