Column: AARP, Senior Services Offer Caregiver Workshop

Column: AARP, Senior Services Offer Caregiver Workshop

Learn what resources and support are available to caregivers.



Caregiving for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you’ll play. It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling bills.

No matter where you are in the journey of family caregiving having a plan and knowing what resources are available can help guide both you and your loved ones in making the process easier. It’s important to balance caregiving with taking care of yourself by tending to your own needs.*

To assist those serving as caregivers to find out how to get the resources and support needed to better care for loved ones, Senior Services of Alexandria is teaming up with AARP for an informative Caregiver Resources and Support Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Immanuel Church on the Hill, 3606 Seminary Road in Alexandria starting at 10 a.m. – noon (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.). Participants will hear from local experts from Insight Memory Care Center and Griswold Home Care on the importance of making a plan, the various options available for health care and resources and support for those serving as caregivers.

Retired Major General Antonio Taguba, an AARP community ambassador, will kick-off the session talking about his personal experience serving as a caregiver. After his parents became ill, he and his siblings were ill-prepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about their health and finances they managed to care for them the best they could. To help others, General Taguba now advocates for caregivers and their families. His personal story will provide valuable insight to workshop participants.

This event is free and open to the public with light refreshments served. Please RSVP online at or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.

*Excerpts from AARP’s “Prepare to Care – A Planning Guide for Families.” Visit the AARP Caregiving Resource Center at or call 1-877-333-5885.