Caregiver event scheduled at Wayne State

Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library Outreach Services is presenting an daylong conference on Wednesday, April 16 entitled “Conversations for Caregivers.”

The event, according to organizers, will feature a panel discussion, forum and breakout sessions that will connect caregivers to legal, financial, healthcare, long-term care and research experts who will help demystify the roles and responsibilities of caregivers.

The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit’s cultural center.

 The panel and session leaders will include Wayne State professors, social workers, physicians and attorneys who will speak on topics including avoiding legal and financial pitfalls, communication between physicians, patients and families, and more.

“People are often surprised at the resources that are available,” said Shiffman Medical Librarian LaVentra Ellis-Danquah. “It makes an incredible difference when caregivers can get the help that they need close to home.”

According to the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, there are 1.2 million caregivers in the state, many of whom are unpaid family members or friends assisting an older adult or a person with a disability with daily living activities.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

To register or for additional information, including a full list of the sessions offered, visit or contact LaVentra Ellis-Danquah at (313) 577-9083 or


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