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2019 MWV Caregiver Expo Offered by Visiting Nurse Homecare and Hospice

October 16, 2019

An exhibitor talks with a participant at last year’s Caregiver Expo.
An exhibitor talks with a participant at last year’s Caregiver Expo.
NORTH CONWAY, NH -- Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) is once again offering the MWV Caregiver Expo, November 9 from 10am to 2:30pm. This year the event will be held at the new Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center, 987 East Main Street, Center Conway, NH. This free event is for those caring for an aging loved one and seeking relevant information, community resources and services. Advance registration is required and limited space is available.

Participants can visit with exhibitors to learn more about products and services available locally, attend expert presentations on a variety of topics, receive free giveaways and have an opportunity to win a door prize. A complimentary lunch will be offered.

New for this year, caregivers are welcome to bring their loved one with them to the Expo, where they can enjoy supervised activities at the MWV Adult Day Center. There is a limited number of spots available for care, those that want to reserve space should call ahead to 603-356-7006 x39 to register for the Expo and review the process to enroll in care for the day.

VNHCH Executive Director Sandy Ruka stated, “Caring for an aging loved one can be a rewarding and sometimes overwhelming experience. We want people to know that support is available. We have an inspiring lineup of speakers this year with a slight focus on cognitive and memory impairment, along with the option to take advantage of adult day services during the Expo. Those who may be in a caregiving role in the future are also welcome to learn more. We hope every caregiver in Carroll County and Western Maine considers coming to this empowering event.”

The workshops and speakers for the event include:

National Presenter Janet Edmunson, M.Ed.
Janet discusses ways to discover strategies and solutions to help family caregivers flourish in the midst of caregiving struggles.

Janet retired in 2007 from her 12 year career at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their Director of Prevention & Wellness. She took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years when he was fighting a degenerative neurological disease. In her book, Finding Meaning with Charles, she wrote about how they strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout. Her speaking experience has included keynotes and workshops for various caregiver and disease-oriented conferences.

11:30am- 1:30pm - The following mini workshops and lunch will be featured.

LUNCH: Enjoy lunch in the comfort of the MWV Adult Day Center garden, porch or cafe.

VENDORS: Visit with our exhibitors and learn about the services and products that meet the ever changing needs of caregivers.

STORYTELLING: Crafting an Obituary
Julie Lanoie, RN, MA
Julie will teach the art of telling the story of someone’s life in a meaningful way to honor your own or your loved one’s experiences.

Julie is Program Director for VNHCH’s childhood bereavement group, Crossings, as well as their Behavioral Health Nurse Program Coordinator and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.

Building a greater understanding of dementia, this activity allows greater empathy for those in the caregiver role. By altering one’s ability to see, touch and hear, participants will learn first hand the perceptions of those with memory loss.

Lead by the staff of the MWV Adult Day Center.

“Tidying up” for end of life, Advance Care Planning is an important part of end of life discussion for all ages.

DEMENTIA– A New Perspective for Caregivers 1:30pm- 3:00pm
Tricia Mattox– Larson SLP
Tricia will lead this presentation that helps caregivers to work with their loved ones to maintain “personhood” and finding the “Can” vs “Can’t” in daily life.

Tricia is a Speech Language Pathologist with a Masters in Communication Disorders from Emerson College.

Participants can also visit with a growing list of exhibitors offering services and resources for caregivers.

Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice has partnered with the Mount Washington Adult Day Center to present this event, sponsored by Cooper Cargill and Chant and Merrill Lynch.

While the 2019 MWV Caregiver Expo is free, advance registration is required by calling 603-356-7006 or go online to

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