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Burnaby Family Caregivers info fair April 26

Caregivers of family members can learn about supportive resources available at a free fair on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sixth annual Burnaby Family Caregivers Information and Speakers Fair will be at the Holiday Inn Express Metrotown (free parking underground).

It will feature more than 25 exhibitors including the new Burnaby Better at Home program, Fraser Health Home Health Services, HandyDART, the Music Therapy Association of BC and seniors housing providers.

Speakers will also give presentations on caring for a loved one with dementia, stress management for family caregivers, and legal issues.

At least 20 per cent of Burnaby residents aged 50 to 90 are caring for an elderly family member or friend, according to gerontologist Katherine Willett.

Willett is coordinator of the Burnaby Family Caregivers Project for Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society, which is set to lose its funding at the end of June due to the United Way's fundraising challenges.

Those interested in the program's information series is encouraged to attend what could be the final four sessions, on Saturdays from May 24 to June 14, 10 a.m. to noon. They will teach caregivers about community resources to help alleviate their stress and improve the quality of life of those they're caring for, and how to navigate the health care, home care and seniors housing systems. Register at 604-734-3054.

Anyone with suggestions on how to continue funding the program can call  604-291-2258.

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