Family caregiver conference planned

The West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is hosting the sixth annual family caregiver conference, Taking Care of You Too! on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. In observance of National Family Caregivers Month*, this conference is designed to provide support, recognition, and encouragement to family caregivers across the 19 county West Central Texas region. The Presenter at this year’s conference will be television talk show host and experienced family caregiver, Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd ( Since Mark White, every Texas governor, except one, has either appointed or reappointed Johnnie Lou Boyd to a State Board or Commission. She has received three Presidential/Congressional appointments. Included in this list was appointment as a voting delegate to the White House Conference on Aging due primarily to her work on the Board of the Permian Basin Area Agency on Aging, and in her community work with aging issues. One of her Governor's appointments was Board Chair for Nursing Home Administrators' State Licensure. She served on that Board for nine years. Johnnie Lou has seriously worked to understand the aging process, the importance of health and fitness and the role of the caregiver. Her informative presentations cover topics that are of vital importance to family caregivers. Johnnie Lou’s keen understanding of the issues family caregivers face as well as her positive and entertaining delivery style will provide all in attendance with an uplifting day of revitalization and encouragement.There will be exhibitor booths from several caregiver-related businesses and organizations and numerous opportunities for caregivers to win door prizes. Continuing Education Units (3.5) will be offered for Social Work, LSW, and LPC MFT. There will be no charge to attend but pre-registration is encouraged, lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for the conference call Kim Gurganus or Cay Collins at 325.672.8544 or 1.800.928.2262 or send email to * “National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) – observed every November – is a nationally recognized month that seeks to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers. NFC Month is a time to thank, support, educate, and celebrate more than 50 million family caregivers across the country.” -- National Family Caregivers Association