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Family Caregiving Is Finally Gaining Public and Policy Notice

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the Generations Education Series, funded in part by the Archstone Foundation

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

It has been more than 10 years since there was an issue of Generations devoted to family caregiving (Winter 2003–2004). At that time, the Family and Medical Leave Act was 10 years old, and states were in the early adoption and implementation stages of the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Models of caregiver interventions and support were being tested—especially with families caring for Alzheimer’s patients—but the call was to move beyond individual programs and change health and social service systems to include family caregivers as care partners. Although no comprehensive policy or program to support family caregiving exists today, and widespread integration of family caregivers in delivery processes remains an aspirational goal rather than reality, the pace of dialogue and interest has quickened notably in the past five years, in ways that are most likely beyond the expectations of those working in this field a decade ago. This web seminar will discuss the common challenges experienced by family caregivers, available programs and how they may be accessed, and emerging programs and policies that are being diffused to support family caregivers.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Understand the types of challenges commonly encountered by family caregivers and how they are changing;
  • Identify programs available to support family caregivers and how they are accessed; and,
  • Discuss emerging programs and policies that are being diffused and how they may better support families.

Presenter:

Jennifer L. Wolff, Ph.D., is associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is jointly appointed in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She recently co-edited the winter 2015–2016 issue of Generations on Family Caregiving.
Kathleen Kelly is executive director of Family Caregiver Alliance and has extensive experience in the field of unpaid caregiver program and policy development and service delivery. She recently co-edited the winter 2015–2016 issue of Generations on Family Caregiving.

 

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