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The Ballou Recreation Center today hosted its inaugural National Caregiver Day event to recognize caregivers and their valuable service to the community.
According to a recent social media poll, more than half of local caregivers in the region pinpoint stress as one of their greatest health concerns as they work tirelessly to ensure the proper care and good health of their charges.
“We are so excited about this program,” said program coordinator Sophia Bolakas. “So many members of the community have already gone above and beyond to provide services for the caregivers who attend and we are touched by their kindness.”
Guest speakers addressed the emotional stress caregivers undergo daily. Annette Clark from the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, gave a presentation on “Knowing the 10 Signs of Brain Health.” Crystal Conard from Danville Pittsylvania Community Services talked about “Compassion Fatigue,” and Cyndi Reames from Danville Yoga and Meditation discussed “Self-Care and Mindfulness.”
Community partners included Danville Community College of Cosmetology, Zinc Total Salon, and Alleviation Massage by Nikki. The event was sponsored by Riverwalk Event Rentals and Décor, AARP, Humana, Riverside Health and Rehab, Liberty Homecare and Hospice, Commonwealth Senior Living, Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, NEGRIL, and W&W Luxury Limousine Service.