Caregivers for the elderly to be lauded at Celebrating Life event Nov. 8

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Three caregivers, one each from the category of professional, informal and community leader, will be honored by the Oneida County Office for the Aging/Continuing Care and the Community Elderwellness Council at the annual Celebrating Life event Nov. 8, the groups announced.

The honorees were chosen by the Community Elderwellness Council board of directors. They are Louis B. Tehan of Utica for the community caregiver award; Janet “J.C.” Degni of One Caring Place of Utica for the professional caregiver award; and Lauren Kornmeyer of Whitesboro for the informal caregiver award.

Each type of caregiver has unique traits and skills hat come with helping people with special needs remain independent in the community or in other settings. The community caregiver award honors a community leader whose caregiving spans across multiple populations. The professional caregiver award honors a health care professional such as employee of a hospital, nursing facility, or home care agency. The informal caregiver honors an unpaid caregiver usually a family member, friend or neighbor.

For more information about the Celebrating Life event, which marks November as National Family Caregiver Month, call Oneida County Office for the Aging/Continuing Care at 315-798-5456.

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