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Family caregivers are the spine of our nation’s system of long-term look after older adults. Every yr, greater than 34 million unpaid caregivers — largely relations — present important help to adults age 50 and older, serving to with duties comparable to bathing or dressing and, more and more, performing complicated medical duties comparable to managing medicines, dressing wounds and working medical tools.
What emotional and sensible challenges do household caregivers face as they undertake these obligations? How do they deal with altering relationships, monetary burdens and the misery that severe sickness typically provokes? How do they stability their very own wants with the wants of the particular person they’re caring for? Where do they discover assist?
In the primary half hour, Kaiser Health News’ “Navigating Aging” columnist Judith Graham speaks one-on-one with Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University. He is the creator of “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and Doctor,” a brand new ebook about caring for his spouse, from the time she was recognized with early stage Alzheimer’s illness.
Graham then leads a dialogue amongst 4 panelists, who’re additionally all caregivers themselves:
Rita Choula, director of caregiving tasks at AARP’s Public Policy Institute Sheldon Friedman, a board member on the Well Spouse Association. Barry Jacobs, a psychologist and principal at Health Management Associates (Philadelphia) Kimberly Street, a college scientific teacher on the University of Maryland, Baltimore Related Topics Aging Multimedia Caregiving Facebook Live Long-Term Care