The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability invites caregivers to the Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo and caregiver training on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

The expo and training will be held at Life Church at 2223 N. Washington Ave. in Cookeville. From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to connect with businesses and service providers who cater to caregivers and those seeking care and services at the Senior and Caregiver Expo. Information will be available for all ages, from birth to older adults. Admission to the expo is free.

The caregiver training will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Training topics covered will include information on safe patient handling for home caregivers, how to prevent falls and caring for individuals with arthritis. Training will include the use of lifts and assistive devices and will be divided into two sections.

Session one from 12:30 p.m. until 1:25 p.m. taught by Toni Roberts, DNP, RN, will be an informative session on safe patient handling designed for home caregivers and in-home workers. The use of lifts and assistive devices will be included.

In session two, Sony Briggs, PT, Movement Specialist (FMT, FMS, SFBA, CF-LI Trainer), will teach participants how to prevent falls and how to care for individuals with arthritis. The second session will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Individuals interested in the caregiver training should contact Clare Farless by phone (931) 432-4111 or email at to register. The training is free, and a certificate of training will be provided for participants.

            Platinum sponsors for the expo include Quality of Families, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Saint Thomas Hospital, NHC HealthCare Cookeville, Heritage Point, Home Instead Senior Care, Home Caregivers, Relative Caregiver Program, Bailey Manor, Life Care Center of Crossville and Sparta, Habitat for Humanity, United Healthcare, Blue Coast Burrito and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

            The Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find AAAD on the web at and at