On Saturday, April 24, the Older Adult Group, of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Caregiver Symposium at the Upper Arlington High School.

On Saturday, April 24, the Older Adult Group, of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Caregiver Symposium at the Upper Arlington High School.

The event once again was a resounding success with more than 70 people attending.

We were again fortunate the have Dr. Douglas Scharre from the Ohio State University Memory Disorder's Clinic speak on the latest in Dementia Research. Dr. Douglass is an authority on this subject and not only talked about the research but answered questions of those attending.

There was also a panel of speakers to address some of the most commonly asked questions of caregivers. Panel members were: Patty Callahan, LISW, caregiver advocate at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging; Dan Brochetti, LISW caregiver specialist, NWCS; Jodi Wood, LISW, Franklin County Office on Aging, Adult Protective Services Division; and Kelli Johnson, BS, program manager, Community Care Registry at Franklin County Office on Aging.

In addition to speakers, area businesses were on hand to answer questions and guide caregivers in their time of need.

"I had meaningful conversations with caregivers who needed help. I felt like it made a difference for the people I talked with," said Colleen Krupp, of First Community Village.

Comments were heard from people in attendance saying, "Thank you for putting this event on It was worth spending my time here even if it was a Saturday. I would most definitely recommends this presentation to others, it was excellent."

Being a caregiver is not an easy job, and the Upper Arlington Chamber is proud to put on this event and be able to make this job a little easier. We can't wait until next year this hold this event once again.

Thank you to the Older Adult Recourse Group Committee and all the area businesses that participated.