AGE of Central Texas and Area Agency on Aging Host Free Caregiver Conference

The largest, longest-run free caregiver conference in Central Texas, the annual event helps to ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources.  The attendees will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with other caregivers and local experts on aging. The day also includes workshops on topics related to caregiving, with experts available for questions.    

   AGE of Central Texas and the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area are again partnering this year for the 17th Annual “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference on Saturday, August 25th, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin. The free seminar includes keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and community resources to support family members who are caring for a senior adult.

         This year’s conference features author and caregiving expert Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, a clinical psychologist and family therapist who is one of the country’s leading thinkers, writers, and educators on family caregiving.  His book The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent pulls together several strands from his life – the knowledge gained from personal experiences as a child of a family caregivers, the writing skills honed in his years as a magazine journalist, and professional expertise gleaned during nearly 20 years as a clinician specializing in families and illness.

     Registration for the “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference is free and includes all presentations, breakout sessions, and lunch.  Participants must pre-register by visiting  Registration is now open and space is limited.


     Free respite will also be available at the AGE of Central Texas Adult Day Health Center, located at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin.  Requests for respite care must be made by calling (512) 600-9275 by Wednesday, August 22nd.

     The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin is located at 6505 N. Interstate Highway 35 in Austin.  For more information on the “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference, visit www.AGEofCentralTX.orgor call (512) 451-4611.