Groups partner to help people caring for children — and parents

“Caring for your Aging Parent” will be the topic of an educational event Oct. 25 at the Handke Center in Elk River.

The United Way, District 728 and Big Lake Community Education, Guardian Angels, Faith in Action, RSVP and Riverway Clinics of Elk River have partnered to put it on. They decided to sponsor the event after it was determined from an extensive survey completed by United Way  that people locally need help and resources due to aging demographics.

The cost is $9 for the event, which runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Handke. There will be at least 20 vendors there in the beginning, through the event and following where people can stop and get resources ranging from home care, health, financial, dementia and more.

There will be a keynote speaker and three breakout sessions that will give people an overview of what information they need to know now to make informed decisions.

Those who attend the Sherburne County Area United Way’s “iEmpower” Series event will be better able to discern when a parent needs help and where they can find it. Participants will  learn about community resources, strategies and tools that will help them make informed decisions.

A light dinner is included in the price as well as the opportunity to visit vendor booths and receive individual caregiver coaching.


•5:30–6:30 p.m.: Light dinner and vendor booths set up and people available to answer questions

•6:30–7 p.m.: Keynote speaker: Solace, Support and Strategies

•7:15–7:45 p.m.: Breakout session No. 1

•7:55–8:30 p.m.: Breakout session No. 2

•8:30–9 p.m.: Round table discussions, vendor booths,caregiver coaching

Breakout session choices

1. Elder Law: Navigating Legal Issues and the Aging Process

2. Memory Loss: Concerns About Dementia and Memory Loss

3. Health/Healthcare: Navigating your own Health — AND the Health of your Loved One

4. Family Dynamics: Working with your Siblings to Keep your Life, Family and Sanity Intact!