Conference Focuses on Helping Caregivers

Attendees at Wednesday's conference. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Attendees at Wednesday's conference. (Photo by Pat Blair)

PTSD, laughter therapy, advance directives and power of attorney were among the topics covered Wednesday during a caregiver conference at the Sheridan Wesleyan Church.

Stella Montano with The Hub on Smith Street, one of the organizers of the event, said this is the second year for the conference, and explained the goal of the event.

Montano said being a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs that a person can do.

Montano said there's no typical caregiver. She said caregivers can range from neighbors to a young person caring for a grandparent, to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Opening speaker for the event was Dr. Eric Crawford, acting chief of staff for the Sheridan VA Healthcare System. Other speakers included Heather Comstock, who talked about the Dementia Friendly Wyoming program, and Lynn Gordon, a Sheridan licensed professional counselor, who talked about laughter therapy and self-care.

Also on the program was a panel on physical, occupational and speech therapy resources.

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First speaker, Dr. Eric Crawford. (Photo by Pat Blair)
First speaker, Dr. Eric Crawford. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Shelly Pourier, left, and Stella Montano welcome attendees. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Shelly Pourier, left, and Stella Montano welcome attendees. (Photo by Pat Blair)
People registering for the conference Wednesday morning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
People registering for the conference Wednesday morning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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