The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce's Older Adult Resource Group offered a free community education event called Caregivers' Symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Upper Arlington High School.

The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce's Older Adult Resource Group offered a free community education event called Caregivers' Symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Upper Arlington High School.

More than 30 UA Chamber members staffed informational tables during the event. Community members were free to visit the informational tables, collect literature and learn about how Chamber members can assist family caregivers and older adults.

Three educational seminars were offered, beginning with an overview of Probate and Related Legal Issues. This seminar was co-presented by Probate Court Judge Eric Brown, and Chamber member, elder law attorney Tim Jarvis.

The second seminar, presented by Dr. Douglass Scharre, focused on Dementia Research. Dr. Scharre is a neurologist and head of the Memory Disorder Clinic at OSU.

The final seminar featured Dan Brochetti, caregiver consultant at Northwest Counseling Services, and Patty Callahan, caregiver program director at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. This seminar focused on caregiver resources and coping with stress.

More than 70 community members attended the event.

"The sessions were extremely helpful," one of them remarked. "I now have a better idea on options for my older parents. The Chamber of Commerce is to be commended for organizing this program."

The April 25 Symposium was a collaborative effort. Members of the Older Adult Resource Group shared the responsibilities for arranging for speakers, publicity, registration and use of the facility. Chamber member Dave Clough, from Dave's Dogs and More, set up his grill and participants were able to purchase lunch.

The next collaborative educational effort will take place this fall with Medicare as the topic focus.