One of our biggest challenges for caregivers is finding time to take advantage of all the wisdom and resources available to us. Over the past 25 years, I’ve participated in many workshops and swapped stories and solutions with fellow professionals and caregivers. I’ve also written a lot and read many good books and articles. Still, I find there is always something new to learn and share: new housing and care options cropping up all over the nation; new treatment discoveries; unique approaches to managing the care of our loved ones.
But for the past three years I’ve been up to my elbows in taking care of my parents and juggling work and other family responsibilities…I’ve gotta tell you…I struggle to stay on top of all the great resources and new developments. There are just not enough hours in the day.
That’s why I love finding opportunities to get a lot of practical information in condensed and time efficient ways.
I’m especially excited an event that’s coming up on Dec. 1st in Washington, DC when AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) presents The Challenges of Family Caregiving: What Needs to be Done? Topping off National Family Caregivers Month, this forum will gather 10 prominent authors and experts to share their personal and professional experiences with caregiving. They will highlight the struggles facing the growing numbers of family caregivers as we work with the long term care systems in the U.S., and talk about possible public policy solutions. PPI experts have devoured these authors’ books and distilled them into common themes – a big help for all of us time-challenged caregivers.
I don’t want to miss this one. And, I don’t have to! The good news, for all you caregivers and professionals outside the DC area, is that the forum will also be webcast. Just register for the event and you’ll receive information about attending in person or via webcast. You can participate from home or office, and I’m told audience participation is encouraged…so get your questions ready!