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DHS news release

February 9, 2006


DHS program contact: Judy Bowen (503) 945-6401
Tribal contact: Angela Ramirez (800) 922-1399, ext. 1225.

Second annual Native American Caregiving Conference February 16-17

Five Oregon tribes will host a two-day conference February 16-17 that will bring together those who care for Native American seniors. The conference will be held at the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in Canyonville.

The purpose of the conference is to give caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences helping Native American elderly and grandparents and to learn about topics such as nutrition, depression, end-of-life issues, elder abuse, caregiver skills, medication management and communicating with health care professionals.

Native Caring … A Conference to Learn, Connect & Share is co-hosted by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe, Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Registration is $75 per person.

The first caregiver conference last year at the Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City attracted 250 participants. This year's conference will feature Cow Creek Tribal Council, Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers, Oregon Department of Human Services Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg, Administration on Aging Region IX's Terry Duffin, and representatives from Tribes of Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada and Washington.

"Last year's conference was very inspiring," said Judy Bowen, DHS Older Americans Act Program Coordinator and tribal liaison for Seniors and People with Disabilities. "People were eager to share information about the joys and challenges of caring for elderly tribal members and relatives."

For registration information and questions, contact Angela Ramirez, Siletz Elders Program coordinator, 1 (800) 922-1399, ext. 1225.