**Best time for interview: between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.**
What: Louisiana Lifespan Respite Summit
Where: Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave.
Contact: Kelly Viator, Coalition Member, 225-343-9880
More than one-third of all adults provide family care-giving to a loved one, even though they are not likely to express it or ask for help. Changing this scenario by providing services that lend a hand is the goal of the Louisiana Lifespan Respite Summit.
More than 50 representatives of family caregivers, respite providers, community groups and government agencies will meet for the first time in Louisiana to build supports, such as day care or other resources, for those who assist adults and children with disabilities, illness or the impact of aging.
Three out of four caregivers do not get help from a family member. Caregivers often feel isolated and will fulfill this role for five years or more before they realize they need help. To make a difference, the first step is helping caregivers realize their own needs.
This summit is the first step in coordinating resources and education, identifying service gaps, and improving access to services for those caring for children or adults with special needs.