Officials say about 2,600 families in Mesa County provide some kind of care to the elderly -- that's in addition to the hundreds of nursing homes, retirement communities, and other professional organizations that serve the Valley.
They say national studies show that many caregivers end up stressed, burnt out, and left with few resources during their experiences.
County officials say their annual caregivers conference, held Wednesday, is an effort to lessen that burden.
"It's extremely important for the families to let them know that there are agencies and people in the community that support and recognize the work that they're doing," said Dave Norman, Director of the Area Agency on Aging.
For more information about caregiver programs and resources, you can call Western Colorado 211 at 2-1-1 or (970) 244-8400 on a cell phone. You can also click on the link below.