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Dealing with depression

March 7, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - For some families, hiring professional caregivers for older family members suffering from depression is something they can do only on a limited basis, and an online presentation on March 13 is intended to help them do that the best way possible.

Kevin Smith, interim executive director of the National Private Duty Association, producers of the webinar, said the presenter will be Dr. Steven C. Fox, medical director of Wellspring Personal Care in Chicago. Fox has been specializing in the care of the elderly and disabled for 30 years.

Smith said the NPDA is an organization working for providers of private duty home care based in Indianapolis, Ind. It has 1,300 to 1,400 members. The NPDA works to educate its members and consumers about best practices for care of elderly and disabled, and advocates for those groups on the state and federal level.

"There are rules, regulations and laws that impact on our members," he said.

Smith said the free webinar, which starts at 8 p.m. eastern time, will focus on helping non-professional people who care for elderly people suffering from depression, and it will inform others about seeing the signs of incipient depression.

"There may be a point when a family caregiver (says), 'Wow. This is beyond what I can provide,'" he said.

Smith said Fox has done such presentations before, and he's good at keeping his presentations succinct and in plain language.

The NPDA has done the webinars regularly, Smith said, and each one has the latest information available.

"We do them on a quarterly basis," he said.

Smith said registration for the webinar is required, and can be done at It's best to do it at least 30 minutes before the program starts. Information about taking part will be found at the site, also. Those taking part in the webinar will have an opportunity to ask Fox questions. There will be a space on the website to type questions.

Although the webinar is aimed at nonprofessional caregivers, Smith professionals can take part, also.



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