Families of Loved Ones Magazine (FOLO) Celebrates 5th Year with “Respite Awareness Campaign”

Dumont, NJ, September 12, 2008 --(PR.com)-- René Cantwell, Founder and CEO of Families of Loved Ones Magazine (FOLO) announced today the first in FOLO’s yearlong series of events to commemorate the upcoming 5th Anniversary of the Cantwell Media publication. ‘An Evening You Deserve!’-Caregivers’ Night Out, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 7:00 P. M. at the Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

Respite care focuses on the importance of taking care of the caregiver’s needs. The evening will host area caregivers and provide entertainment, door prizes and information pertinent to the special role of caregivers. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Teena Cahill. Known for both her wit and wisdom, Cahill is an internationally acclaimed speaker and educator who this year is speaking to thousands of people on three continents. She is the author of the popular book, "The Cahill Factor: Turning Adversity into Advantage" and holds a Doctorate in Psychology, Masters in Counseling, Bachelors in Education and is the Director of Wisdom and Beyond, LLC. Also scheduled is Leslie Brody, Health Reporter at North Jersey Media's-The Record. Leslie has shared her family's journey in The Record in an ongoing series chronicling her personal caregiving experience. Brody’s articles on hope, illness and service have served to enlighten and inspire many families who are sharing the caregiving experience as well as others who have not known the blessings and challenges that come with the role. Additional speakers will include Judith Kuchar, RN, who will speak on caregiver leadership. Kuchar is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a board member on the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, and a Certified Instructor in Dementia Care. She is a frequent contributor to FOLO. Seating is limited. Ticket cost is $10 at Tickets@cantwellmedia.com.

FOLO’s Respite Awareness Campaign is designed to provide caregivers with opportunities for finding resources and helping them learn to better identify their needs. The campaign’s motto--‘ Caregivers are our everyday heroes. Help them be strong. Discover Respite.’-- embraces the following objectives:
• Promote awareness and compassion toward caregiving issues at home, work and in daily activities.
• Encourage partnerships among industry, media and the public to endorse strategies and awareness of caregiving and the need for respite.
• Empower the caregivers you know to seek family, community or professional assistance as caregiving responsibilities mount.

Overwhelmed with caring for loved ones, caregivers are often unable to recognize caregiver burnout. Respite, a brief period of rest and recovery is vital to caregivers. Most people are not familiar with the term respite-care and the importance of taking care of the caregiver’s needs. “Caregivers work from their heart, and it is often a physically and emotionally demanding role,” said Cantwell. “Bringing Respite Awareness to the public’s attention is the first step in helping families understand that caregiving works best when all involved are considered appropriately. People are very committed to active participation in all aspects of their families’ lives. When one or more members of a family need extraordinary care, there typically is one member–by design or default– who becomes leader or caregiver. FOLO’s goal is to provide broad support by offering strategies and resources in print and online with their magazine, website and e-newsletter. Looking forward, it is their plan to place a greater emphasis on the importance of respite care.” In addition to the upcoming caregiver event, a continuing education course is planned for January ’09, which will focus on perspectives in better assessing client’s needs. The course is accredited to provide Social Workers, LNHA,CALA and RN’s with 2.5 hours of continuing education.

Contact: René Cantwell (201) 694-1860 or rene@cantwellmedia.com http://www.cantwellmedia.com, http://www.familiesoflovedones.com

FOLO’s Respite Awareness Campaign provides professionals with the opportunity to reach caregivers and show their support with their sponsorship of FOLO’s print publication and Caregiver Events.

Cantwellmedia, Inc.
Rene Cantwell