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 why 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.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Amelia Carroll, MS, LMHC, CT

Amelia Carroll MS, LMHC, CT is a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 25 years' experience in the healing professions.  Certified in Thanatology: the study of dying, death and bereavement, she has dedicated herself to helping others develop better ways of dealing with the issues of loss, grief, serious illness, and end-of-life care as a group, retreat and workshop facilitator, classroom instructor and religious educator.  In addition to a private practice, Ms. Carroll's rich history of work experience includes hospitals, hospices, a cancer treatment center, funeral home and nursing homes where she has worked doing research on spirituality and healing, as a bereavement coordinator, mind-body therapist and chaplain.  She earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Seattle Pacific University, acquired studies and training in world religions, spirituality, healing and integrated medicine.

Along with her Certification in Thanatology, she most recently received Certification in Spiritual Direction from the Sacred Art of Living Center, Living and Dying Series and Anamcara Project.  Singing with a Threshold Choir at the bedside of those who are ill and dying has added another dimension to her work and study in the field of death and dying.  With a strong desire to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from the effects of life-threatening illness, in addition to her work, she was a committee member on the 1996 World Gathering on Bereavement, helped develop the first Children's Hospice in Russia through the St. Petersburg-Seattle Sisters Church Program and has had continuous involvement and a resource to others on the End-of-Life Consensus Coalition.  Currently, Amelia serves as a Board Member on AHAT-Homecare (Affordable Housing and Treatment) in Tacoma.  Amelia has been interviewed and featured on radio and in many newspaper and magazine articles and through her extensive travel she has been honored to address students and professionals on mental health issues both nationally and internationally.

For more information about Amelia and her work, visit her website at:

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