Whether you work directly with older adults, oversee research, teach or offer trainings, manage organizations that provide services or products geared toward our aging society, or are engaged in one of the myriad of other roles that the multidisciplinary membership of ASA take on, we want to know how you spend your day. And a picture says a thousand words, right?
This article is the third in a series of three columns on aging and technology. See the Nov.–Dec. 2013 and Jan.–Feb. 2014 issues of Aging Today for stories on high-tech connections between generations and empathic design.
Though many of us may not realize it, someone in our office, on our block or at our child’s school faces significant challenges daily as a family caregiver. Family caregivers, an integral part of the interdisciplinary care team, need and deserve respect, access to support services and community resources and work-schedule flexibility.
Carol Levine’s stores of energy serve her well in her full-time position as director of the Families and Healthcare Project at United Hospital Fund in New York City. There, through research, publications, a website and collaborations with healthcare and community providers, she raises awareness about the importance of family caregivers and their connection to healthcare systems.
AiA14 is over, but the professional education opportunities with ASA don't end there! We have SIX web seminars lined up in April and as an ASA member you can register for all of them and earn up to 5 CEUs at NO CHARGE!
Family caregivers are often over-burdened and under-informed: they need access to the best caregiving resources to support them in the caregiver role. The following is a list of helpful caregiving resources.
Sometimes a piece of writing crosses our desk that may not be new, and may not fit AgeBlog, Aging Today or Generations, but is so good we can’t resist encouraging our readers to read it. This is the case with Anne Patchett’s 2007 feature in The Observer. Called “This had been one of the greatest loves of my life and I held her in my arms and told her so,” it’s one of the most poignant pieces of writing on caregiving we’ve read.
An HIV-positive friend of mine who is gay attends a conservative church. He has been a member of this congregation for more than 40 years, really likes the people and is dedicated to his beliefs. Yet the other day he told me that he sometimes feels invisible there. When his family visits, the pastor publicly acknowledges them, but seems to forget to mention my friend’s name.
My sisters and I are long-distance family caregivers for our 93-year-old mother. She lives in an assisted living community, having been displaced from her home of more than 50 years by Hurricane Sandy. We have already experienced this profound caregiving journey, having cared for our dad—with my mother and four homecare aides—for nearly seven years before he died five years ago at age 94.
It's hard to believe that another Aging in America Conference has already come and gone. We hope that you enjoyed this year's event and have returned home with new ideas and insights that will help you in your work serving older adults.