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TFID project to host eldercare virtual conference

Ashley Inge
Dr. Julie Merriman, associate dean in the College of Health Science and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker for the eldercare/caregiver virtual conference from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Texans Reducing Food Insecurity and Depression (TFID) project is hosting a free eldercare/caregiver virtual conference from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The TFID grant was funded by Texas Health Resources and received by Tarleton State University’s College of Health Science and Human Services.

TFID intends to address depression, social isolation and access to healthy foods in the target population of 55 and older in the 76401, 76402, and 76446 zip codes.

“In conjunction with Agrilife, we are offering this free-to-the community conference that helps us to learn more about caring for those that have so wonderfully cared for us throughout the years,” said Brooke Harris, grant administrator.

Dr. Julie Merriman, associate dean in the College of Health Science and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss self-care for caregivers.

There will also be six additional speakers at the conference, including: Dr. Melody Loya, Andy Crocker, Dr. Subi Gandhi, David Bearden, Dr. Sushma Sharma, and Harris herself.

The conference is free to the public, but will offer CE units at a reduced rate of $20 per person in social work, licensed professional counselors, license marriage and family counselors and certified life family educators.

To register, visit www.agrilifecaregiversconference.com. The first 50 individuals to register by Oct. 9 will receive a free swag bag.

“We are so fortunate that amongst the pandemic we have been able to transfer this face-to-face conference to a virtual platform,” Harris added. “We are here to try to help and encourage those who have encouraged us. I hope this inspires everyone to take care of themselves so that we can take care of others.”