Family caregivers “walk the red carpet” at annual recognition event

The Beaver County Office on Aging (BCOA) held its 13th annual Family Caregiver Program event at the Monaca Turners on June 28. This year’s event honored the program’s “Award Winning Caregivers” with a fun theme centered around “Going to the Movies” and the Academy Awards. It provided caregivers with a relaxing day away from their caregiving duties, and provided some education and tips on taking care of their loved ones, as well
as themselves.

Eighteen caregivers and their guests were welcomed to the event by BCOA’s Care Management Supervisor Tesi Dye. A keynote was presented by Leslie Benedetto of B-Well Nation. She offered tips on how exercise and yoga can help caregivers stay healthy and feel less stressed. Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet luncheon provided by the Monaca Turners, as well as musical entertainment by Diane’s Joysong.

Caregivers were asked to pick an “Oscar” for chances to win dinner certificates, gift cards and door prizes, all of which were donated by Beaver County businesses. Caregivers walked the red carpet and were presented with gift bags that contained caregiving books, gift cards and Red Cross Ready Personal Safety
Emergency Packs.

The Family Caregiver Program is actively recruiting more caregivers at this time. The goal of the program is to provide financial, emotional and educational support to caregivers in the community so that they can continue to care for their loved ones at home.

To learn more, call BCOA at (724) 847-2262 or (888) 548-2262.

Guest speaker, Leslie Benedetto of B-Well Nation with care manager Tracey Weyman.
Care manager Dawna Bott with caregiver Terry Stowers.
Caregiver Debra Moyer with care manager Allen Malone.
Caregivers and care managers do a stress relief exercisie.
Diane Brosius entertains the audience.
Caregiver Ronald Woods.
A special cake honors caregivers.
Caregiver Valerie McCormick with her granddaughter Leah.

Photos provided by Sandy Barrow for Beaver County Senior News