The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 14, 2014

Caring for the caregivers

JOHNSTOWN — It’s a problem that many of us have faced or eventually will face: how to care for an aging parent who can no longer care for himself or herself.

Thankfully, there is some guidance available for those dealing with such difficult and delicate situations.

A free seminar will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lorelei’s Bed and Breakfast, 165 E. Patriot St., Somerset. “Caregiving for the Aging Parent” is presented by Your Health Insurance Shop and Somerset Hospital.

Melissa Miller and Kimberly Kramer, medical social workers at Somerset Hospital, will cover advance directives and the new state orders for the life-sustaining treatment form that allows family members to document their medical treatment wishes when health issues are in the advanced stage.

“Melissa and I share a strong knowledge regarding the needs of the aging population and the community resources available to caregivers,” Kramer said. “We are looking forward to an open discussion and hope to address any concerns participants may have.”

We applaud the sponsors for presenting the seminar, which participants must register for by Friday. It’s an important and sensitive topic. Any guidance they can offer should make a difficult situation a little easier for both caregivers and their parents.


What: “Caregiving for the Aging Parent” seminar, presented by Your Health Insurance Shop and Somerset Hospital.

Where: Lorelei’s Bed and Breakfast, 165 E. Patriot St., Somerset.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Cost: Free, but registration is required.

Information: 445-4943, 800-491-3642 or

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