‘The ‘Art’ in the Heart of Caregiving,’ May 2

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
The challenges – and rewards – of being a caregiver will be addressed in “The ‘Art’ in the Heart of Caregiving,” a free presentation, open to the public, on Wednesday, May 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot #2030 just south of the parking garage at E. Mabel St. and Martin Ave.)
 
The lecture is presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (www.arthritis.arizona.edu) at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Light refreshments are provided.
 
The “art” of caregiving can be both challenging and rewarding. Jan Sturges, MEd, LPC, caregiving coordinator with UA Life and Work Connections, Elder Care and Life Cycle Resources, will address the issues, concerns, responsibilities and benefits of being a caregiver helping to better the quality of life for others. Jan will cover health care, aging and community resources to help in caring and advocating for oneself and others. Participants will learn how to refine their skills in creating space for themselves and maximizing enjoyment of life while dealing with the challenges of aging. Jan will teach relaxation techniques as she discusses effective coping strategies to deal with stress in a healthy way and to better understand the mind/body connection.
 
As a caregiving coordinator, Jan provides resource information and consultation support to UA faculty, staff and students who are caregivers for dependent older adults. A specialist in the field of aging, health and caregiver issues, Jan also developed and managed a website for caregivers in Tucson and Pima County and was co-host of People Plus, a local television program on health care and aging that aired for five years.
 
Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, 520-626-5040, or email LivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu Notification of cancellations also is requested.
The lecture is part of the 2012 series of “Living Healthy with Arthritis” monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.
 
Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Upcoming lectures include:
 
• June 6, “A Fresh Outlook on Osteoarthritis and Physical Capabilities,” Randy Raugh, MPT, C-Ped, exercise specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; physical therapist, Carondelet St. Joseph’ s Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic.
 
• July 11, “The Science and Psychology of Weight Management and Arthritis,” Michael Hewitt, PhD, exercise physiologist, Canyon Ranch Health Resort. 

• August 1, “The Future of Joint Resurfacing,” John A. Szivek, PhD, senior scientist, University of Arizona Arthritis Center; professor, orthopaedic surgery; director, Orthopaedic Research Lab; chair, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; UA adjunct associate professor, aerospace and mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, and Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; professor, UA BIO5 Institute.
 
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The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease.