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By Caitlin Switzer

MONTROSE—(April 14, 2014)  On May 13, Region 10 Community Living Services joins forces with private business owners, non-profits and other community organizations to host a Caregiver Summit & Retreat from 9 a.m. to 2 Grace Community Church (16731 Woodgate Road).

The event will feature Keynote Speaker Norman Bouchard, as well as a variety of session topics including legal issues, caregiver wellness, long distance caregiving, intergenerational balance, dementia tips and strategies, and setting the stage for successful caregiving. There will be a pamper room on site, offering mini massages, reflexology, and other relaxation activities and techniques.

Region 10 Community Living Services Director Eva Veitch hopes that the Caregiver Summit will be a source of support, resources and relief for both caregivers and those for whom they care.

“We are so excited about the great collaboration that has occurred as we organize this wonderful but complex event,” Veitch said. “Professionals and volunteers from across the region have come together to ensure that caregivers are celebrated and educated, while those they care for also enjoy socialization and receive the care they need.

“We want to encourage family and community caregivers to attend,” she said. “We want participants to leave the Summit feeling valued, supported and rejuvenated, with many tools that will make care giving more enjoyable.”

The Caregivers Summit and Retreat offers caregivers a chance to connect with others while gaining new insight into this rewarding yet challenging role, while the concurrent Client Retreat provides respite for the caregiver and allows the person who is cared for an opportunity to socialize and have some fun.   Healthcare professionals have planned a fun day of activities for clients, and will provide assistance and support.

The day includes lunch, skilled staff, music, activities, and an area for relaxation. Over lunch there will be a “Happiness is a Choice” motivational talk and music. Trained staff will also provide In-home respite care, free of charge, for those care recipients who are not able to attend the Retreat.

“We want to provide the resources necessary to support the caregiver in being able to attend the Summit,” Region 10’s Amy Rowan said.

Admission is $5.00 per person which includes continental breakfast, six informative Summit breakout sessions, lunch, and Bouchard’s keynote address. For more information call 970-249-2439, or visit