Mental Health Needs of Family Caregivers. Identifying, Engaging and Assisting.
Many family caregivers experience burden and stress. Highly stressed family caregivers are at increased risk for psychological and physical health problems, such as depression, emotional and cognitive problems, and increased rates of coronary heart disease, strokes and mortality. The U.S. Administration on Aging, in partnership with the American Psychological Association, will hold a webinar to explore the mental health needs of family caregivers and effective interventions and resources to support those needs.
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Participants of this webinar will learn about: (1) the increasing number of family caregivers and the diversity among this population and in their experiences; (2) the range of mental health issues that may occur in family caregivers; (3) strategies to identify and engage family caregivers experiencing strain, to overcome reluctance to utilize services, encourage self-care, and refer to mental health services when needed; (4) effective interventions that are proven to be effective in addressing caregiver stress and burden, and (5) the availability of a wealth of resources to support the strengths and address the problems of family caregivers including the American Psychological Association’s Family Caregiver Briefcase http://www.apa.org/pi/about/publications/caregivers/index.aspx.
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, family therapist, author, educator and Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA
William E. Haley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies
Deborah A. DiGilio, MPH, Director, American Psychological Association Office on Aging and immediate past Chair of the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging.
Greg Link, MA, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging
To register for the online event:
1. Go to https://aoa-events.webex.com/aoa-events/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=664734221
2. Click “Register”
3. Complete the registration form and click “Submit”
Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions for how to join the event.