11th Annual
Because I Care Community Resource Fair
October 12, 2013

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Featuring Keynote Speaker Helen McNeal,

Executive Director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSU San Marcos

Helen McNeal

It’s All About LIVING!

When it comes to health care, we are all looking for help ensuring that we can live our lives fully. Today, quality of life is being restored to its rightful place in the conversation around health care. Join Helen McNeal and learn how the health care is changing, how you can “take charge” of your health care and ensure quality of life in the face of serious or chronic illness.

Helen McNeal has been instrumental, both in the United States and Canada in helping to advance the field of palliative and end of life care.  The founder, former Board Chair and Board member of Evergreen Hospice in Markham, Ontario, Helen has consulted with both U.S. and Canadian government agencies on palliative care strategies.


Saturday, October 12th, 2013 from 10am to 2pm.


San Marcos Senior Center 111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, CA

The purpose of the Because I Care Community Resource Fair is to raise awareness of and garner support for individuals who provide care to family members including children, young adults and aging adults. Caregivers are those individuals who provide assistance to family members when mental or physical health, or aging challenges make it difficult for them to care for themselves. However, caregivers often neglect their own health and needs. We can't expect to be able to help our loved ones if we don't take care of ourselves. We are committed to providing a free forum for family caregivers to obtain the information they need to care for their loved ones in a healthy, supportive and rewarding way.

It is our goal to give the community an outlet to see the services available to families to enrich their lives and to work together towards greater coordination of community agencies in meeting the needs of all residents. Come to find helpful information, resources, and contacts to make your family's life a little easier. Bring the whole family for a fun and education filled day that will bring your family closer together.

Activities include:

  • Resource Fair featuring North County resources (Outdoors)
  • Local Vendors (Outdoors)
  • Activities for kids -- fun bus
  • Educational Workshops focused on healthy living and support for Family Caregivers (Indoors)
  • FREE Blood pressure screenings
  • FREE Dental Screenings 
  • FREE Hearing Screenings
  • FREE Balance Screenings
  • Prescription Drug "Take Back" box -- San Diego Sheriff's Department
  • GET CONNECTED!  Technology for Caregivers -- Learn about what technology can do to making caregiving easier!
Fire Department activities include:
  • Fingerprinting for the kids
  • Tours of the Fire Station
  • Fire fighting demonstrations
  • Firefighter's Bar-B-Q

For more information, call (760) 744-5535 or email Georganne Grotey, Senior Center Director.  If you would like to be a sponsor or an exhibitor for the event, please complete the application form, or contact Georganne Grotey if you have questions.  Deadline for exhibitor applications is September 15th, 2013.

THANK YOU to the students who have volunteered to help with the event.  Dr. Hamill will be sending you the forms and more information about the event by September 6th. 

This free event is brought to the community through our sponsors:

Elizabeth Hospice logo Visiting Angels Logo CSU Institute for Palliative Care
SCAN logo AGA logo Care 1st logo
The Meridian logo Tri City Human Logo

and through the collaborative efforts of:

City of San Marcos SMFD CSUSM