Mental and Behavioral Health and Aging
Part of the Home Instead Family Caregiver Support Series
10-11AM PST | American Society on Aging | REGISTER FOR FREE
(Includes 1 Complimentary CE)
*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEs approved for all ASA web seminars.
If you require ADA accommodation to participate in this web seminar, please contact Steve Moore at your earliest convenience to make arrangements – email@example.com
Often caregivers assume that mental health issues such as depression are a normal part of aging. That assumption is wrong. However, there are as many as 8.4 million family caregivers in the U.S. supporting those living with emotional or mental health conditions (2016 On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness Study). These caregivers face unique challenges that can cause a heavier burden of care and higher stress levels than that experienced by a typical family caregiver. This month’s web seminar will overview mental health caregiving and a new resource for family caregivers called “Circle of Care” that was developed by the National Alliance for Caregiving, in partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Participants in this web seminar will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence of mental and behavioral health issues among older adults;
- List the unique challenges for mental health caregivers; and,
- List resources available to aging adults with mental health issues and their caregivers.
Lakelyn Hogan, MS, MBA, is a gerontologist and caregiver advocate for Home Instead Senior Care and a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska–Omaha, studying Social Gerontology.
C. Grace Whiting, J.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), where she continues her tenure from previous roles including Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Grace led the launch of the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report with AARP and directed the first national study of rare disease caregiving with Global Genes. She has contributed to several national reports on caregiving, including Cancer Caregiving in the U.S. with the National Cancer Institute and Cancer Support Community, and Dementia Caregiving in the U.S. with the Alzheimer’s Association. She has spoken on caregiving at national and international conferences, including the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide, Australia and at multiple national summits at the National Institutes of Health. Grace has also served as a resource to major media on the topic of caregiving and aging, including C-SPAN, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report. In addition to her leadership role at NAC, Grace represents the United States on the Governing Board of the International Alliance for Carer Organizations and offers ex officio support for NAC’s role as Secretariat.
Target Audience: All
Part 1: Adult Day Services – Supporting the Family Caregiver
2:30-4PM PST | CAADS WEBINAR |
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WHAT WE WILL COVER
Although caregiving can be very rewarding, it can also be stressful. There may be times when caregivers feel pressured by the demands of giving care, balancing family obligations, or by working and taking care of themselves. Occasionally, they may not know where to turn for answers, emotional support, or practical advice on how to get a break from caregiving responsibilities. Hear from a leader in our field on how you can help families and communities master the challenges of caring for older adults with brain impairing conditions and/or adults with multiple health concerns. In CAADS’ two part webinar series on caregiving, you will have the opportunity to not only discover real life strategies on how Adult Day Services can support family caregivers, but you will also learn how to manage your own self-care in the process.
After completing Adult Day Services, Part One: Supporting the Family Caregiver you will be able to:
- Describe the challenges individuals or families may face when they become caregivers
- Explain why an individual may be experiencing multiple reactions to this new role
- Articulate what an Adult Day Center can do to support the caregiver
Part Two of this webinar series will be offered in January.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Center leaders and staff
Donna Benton, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She received her graduate training in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and was a Gero-psychological postdoctoral fellow at USC /Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist. Her publications focus on research in elder abuse and minority caregiving. In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Benton was also an Adult Day Care Center program manager and has first-hand knowledge of the field of adult day services.
Since 1989, the USC Family Caregiver Support Center at USC Davis School has placed a high priority on providing support across the continuum of caregiving, including diagnosis, prognosis, services that help maintain the care recipient’s independence and abilities, helping caregivers care for themselves, and manage their own well-being.