Edgemere Senior Center in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) will host the Caregivers Mini-Conference on “Healthy Living for Today and Smart Planning for the Future” on April 16 at 6600 North Point Road from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The conference will be for family caregivers of older relatives and will provide resources and programs to aid in the caregiving process.

BCDA Director Joanne E. Williams will be the guest speaker. She will also give demonstrations to caregivers and there will be meditation (mindfulness-based stress reduction) activities, and presentations on healthcare decision making and advance directives. Experts will be on site to offer individual support.

Exhibitors at the conference will include AARP of Maryland, Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County, National Health Care Decisions Day, Center Connection Program and others.

“It’s a great learning experience,”  said Elizabeth Zongker, BCDA Office of Caregivers & Community Outreach. “A lot of people who care for loved ones, will benefit from this.”

The University of Maryland, St. Joseph’s Medical Center will be on hand to provide free health screenings and consultations with a specialist, including: blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and hydration check.

AARP will provide attendees with beverages and a continental breakfast.

Professional caregivers, social workers, and case workers will be in attendance to provide a broader understanding of what to expect when taking on the responsibility of caregiver.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required for the event but space is limited. For more information call 410-887-4724.