Part of the Home Instead Family Caregiver Support Series
Includes 1 complimentary CE credit*
*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CE Credits 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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