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Caregivers’ Corner launched in Lihu‘e

LIHU‘E — Caregivers’ Corner is aiming to help caregivers and their loved ones.

The Caregivers’ Corner is a new program that was launched by the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs on Dec. 5, and facilitated by Dr. Dennis Pezzato, a behavioral specialist who is a member of the Elderly Affairs Advisory Council.

The Caregivers’ Corner is an in-person program that offers one-on-one guidance on all aspects of caregiving and self-care. Caregivers can schedule 30-minute appointments that will be held at the Agency on Elderly Affairs on Tuesday mornings. Telephone appointments are also available for people who are unable to leave their loved ones.

“There are so few resources for our caregivers,” Pezzato said. “We are fulfilling our mandate to provide as much help as we can to caregivers and kupuna.”

Pezzato is a caregiver consultant and educator, a dementia educator, a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association, a cancer counselor and a hospice volunteer.

He has authored two booklets that were recently published by the Agency on Elderly Affairs. These include “Caregivers Guide” and “Dealing with Death and Illness: A Guide.” Both of these publications are free of charge and available to the public.

To schedule an appointmernt for Caregiver’ Corner, or for more information on the program, call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 808-241-4470 or email
Source: The Garden Island

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