Aging, Illness, Caregiving and Loss: Caregivers Needs-Professional Responses

Presented and developed by Amelia Carroll, MS, LMHC, CT

According to The Population Reference Bureau report (January 2016), “Aging in the United States,” reports that the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060 and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent.  Coupled with that is a new landmark study that paints a dramatic picture of the nearly 44 million adults in the US who are providing personal assistance for family members with disabilities or other care needs.  That’s more than one out of every six adults.  Former First Lady, Roslyn Carter advocated for caregivers and identified the need with this quote:  “There are four kinds of people in the world:  those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”

As people age and become ill, they and their families commonly face tasks and decisions that include a broad array of choices ranging from simple to extremely complex.  They may be practical, psychosocial, spiritual, legal, existential, or medical in nature.  Each of these decisions should ideally be considered in terms of the relief of suffering and the values and beliefs of the individuals involved. 

This workshop will include lecture, interactive discussion and skill development through group exercise.  Participants will leave with practical strategies and techniques that caregivers and professionals alike can use immediately.

  • Examine recent positive developments and current challenges for aging individuals in the US.
  • Explore the impact and the losses associated with aging, illness, and caregiving.
  • Discover who America's caregivers are and whi it matters.
  • Learn how to access and utilize meaningful support.
  • Develop knowledge and skills for providing support to friends and family with an illness.
  • Increase skills, learn strategies and techniques that can be used to care for the caregiver.

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