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Health of Caregiver Is Topic at MCW

September 20, 2012

"Caring for the Caregiver" will be the topic of a discussion featuring a nationally known speaker and local health care experts Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The free, public event will be presented by Milwaukee Public Television and hosted by MCW. The program is the first of five presentations in MPTV's new Community Conversations series planned for this year. The discussion will focus on health issues facing caregivers and include questions from the audience.

Sherri Snelling, founder and CEO of The Caregiving Club, a national organization founded in 2011, will be the keynote speaker. The Caregiving Club's mission is to improve the health and wellness of family caregivers nationwide by raising public awareness for caregiving. The organization provides practical information to caregivers through media outlets, social media, corporations, organizations and other service providers who reach America's 65 million caregivers.

Joining her for a panel discussion will be Robert Gleeson, M.D., director of the Executive Health program at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Gleeson specializes in risk assessment and preventive medicine to promote healthier living.

Also on the panel will be Rhonda J. V. Montgomery, Ph.D., the Helen Bader Professor of Applied Gerontology in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee. She will share her research on aging and the effects of caregiving.

Each guest will receive a Life Long Learning Certificate from MPTV and NEXT AVENUE. All social workers and professional counselors will receive a separate certificate for 1.5 CEHs through UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the end of the program.

The program will be held in MCW's Health Research Center auditorium, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa. Space will be limited. Seats may be reserved by calling (414) 297-7514. Free parking is available across from the main entrance.

Community Conversations is partially funded by Milwaukee's Helen Bader Foundation. It is a local outreach effort for NEXT AVENUE, a new national website available at designed to help adults over 50 lead more fulfilling lives. The conversations also will be videotaped for web broadcast on

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state's only private medical school and health sciences graduate school. Founded in 1893, it is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and service. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in the Medical College's medical school and graduate school programs. A major national research center, it is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY 2010 - 11, faculty received more than $175 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes, of which more than $161 million is for research. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, College faculty direct or collaborate on more than 2,200 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,350 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 400,000 patients annually.

About Milwaukee Public Television

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