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Free Valentine's Day event to offer respite for Oklahoma caregivers

In an effort to support caregivers and help them focus on their own health and well-being, the Oklahoma Caregiver Coalition will host “Royalty for a Day” to provide family caregivers with resources and provide a day of pampering and respite.

“All too often, caregivers start to neglect their own health unintentionally due to the demands of care-giving for their loved ones,” said Nadine Walter with Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services.

The free event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Metro Technology Center Business Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive.

Studies show caregiving takes a physical, mental and emotional toll on family caregivers. Many develop symptoms of depression from the stress and workload. Some even die before the loved one for whom they are caring.

Family members providing assistance to individuals with special needs, foster parents or grandparents and other relatives raising children are encouraged to attend. Attendees will learn about respite programs, how to improve their health and wellness, ways to recharge and energize and supports services in the area.

Partners in the Oklahoma Caregiver Coalition include DHS, Sooner SUCCESS, Metro Technology Center, Cox Homelife Care, Single Parent Support Network, Oklahoma Family Health, Alzheimer’s Association and Aging Services Inc.

A Spanish translator will be available at the event.

A $100 voucher will be available to caregivers who need assistance to pay for a temporary provider while they attend the event. To register for the event, visit https://royaltyforaday.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit okcares.org or call 405-915-3401.

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