By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Lydia Jones, wife of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, will be the keynote speaker for the university’s ninth annual CARE Fair and Workshop on April 23.
“My own experience as an extended family caregiver has been an extraordinary journey of unexpected events as well as sweet moments to treasure,” said Jones, who will speak at 9 a.m. “Anyone who is affected by caring for their loved ones will learn much from this day.”
Jones, who is primary caregiver for her husband’s mother, will title her address “The Blind Side of Caregiving: Defining Moments.”
The CARE Fair, for Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively, will be held in the Student Union lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes dozens of exhibits and representatives to answer questions on issues as varied as senior housing options, wills and living wills, local and state aging services, Alzheimer’s disease and support services, home-based and hospice care, nutrition and exercise, Social Security and Medicaid.
One of the most unusual parts of the event is the virtual Alzheimer’s tour. In it, physically and mentally able people experience Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view to foster both empathy for and more effective interaction with the patient.
Screening for several age-related disabilities and health conditions also will be available.
The conference concludes with the film and expert panel discussion of “Last Rights: Facing End-of-Life Choices,” an hour-long documentary featuring four terminally ill people and the impact of their end-of-life decisions, including taking their own lives, had on their relatives.
“The CARE Fair, similar to a health fair, provides valuable resources and is a learning opportunity for those in the community who are or may be caring for an aging relative or for those facing issues of aging, retirement and long-term care themselves,” said event coordinator Jo Ann O’Quin, social work professor in Ole Miss’ School of Applied Sciences.
Registration, including all sessions and lunch, is free for caregivers and Ole Miss employees, $25 through Friday for the general public and $50 for social workers seeking continuing education credits. To register, log on to www.olemiss.edu/carefair or call Dianna Wilson at (662) 816-5190.