Prestonwood conference aims to give hope, resources to caregivers

Prestonwood Hope for the Caregiver

PLANO – Being a caregiver of any sort – be it for a senior adult stricken with dementia or for a child with special needs – can feel like an isolated journey full of questions with no easy answers. Hope can often feel like it’s in short supply.

In an attempt to alleviate some of the stresses associated with caregiving, Prestonwood will host its 5th annual Hope for the Caregiver conference Nov. 6 on its Plano campus. The conference, returning after missing last year due to COVID, is $10 per family and includes lunch and refreshments. Special-needs childcare will be available.

Alan Moore, Prestonwood’s Minister to Senior Adults, said more than 300 churches have been invited to the event. Session topics will include more than 25 breakout sessions in the areas of self-care; caregiving; financial and legal considerations; memory care; and special needs/disabilities.

“So often, caregivers don’t know where to turn or what’s available,” Moore said. “It’s our desire to come alongside caregivers to give them resources, tools, materials and information … just to help them know what’s available as they’re on their journey to care for a loved one.”

Prestonwood has a number of ministries aimed at not only serving senior adults, but keeping them in the stream of service in the community and beyond.

“We are just encouraging senior adults to continue living, continue serving,” Moore said. “Scripture says as long as you have breath, we are to praise the Lord. I believe as long as we have breath, God wants us to serve him, as well.”

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