The next #ElderCareChat, which will focus on Self-Care for Caregivers, will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET with guest panelists Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, family therapist, and the director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and Deborah A. DiGilio, MPH, director of the American Psychological Association Office on Aging.
A blogger on family caregiving topics for AARP.org and the Huffington Post, Dr. Jacobs has given more than 400 presentations on family caregiving. He is the national spokesperson on caregiving for the American Heart Association and an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. He has served on the expert panel for the Caregiver Crisis Great Challenge for TEDMED.com and as a board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, receiving the latter organization’s lifetime achievement award in 2016.
Dr. Jacobs will be participating via the Twitter account @drbarryjjacobs. He is the co-author (with Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D.) of “AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family” and the author of “The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent.” He is a co-editor of the e-book, “Collaborative Perspectives—A Selection of CFHA’s Best Blogs From 2009-2015.”
Ms. DiGilio will be participating via the Twitter account @ddiglio. The APA Office on Aging promotes the application of psychological science and practice to address the needs and support the strengths of older adults, their families, and caregivers. Ms. DiGilio’s current efforts focus on increasing the availability of mental health services for older adults, building the psychology and aging workforce through expanded education and training opportunities, public education, and advocating for policies that promote positive aging and address the needs of older adults with mental and behavioral health disorders.
Ms. DiGilio has worked in the health and aging field for over 30 years, including positions with George Mason University, AARP, the American Public Health Association, and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. She is currently on the board of directors of the National Alliance for Caregiving, the Coordinating Council of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, and the Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging.
Our guest panelists will discuss the importance of family caregivers taking the time to care for themselves. Too often, family members devote so much of themselves to caring for a loved one that they overlook their own health and wellbeing. They become so worn down—physically, mentally, and emotionally—that they may find themselves experiencing their own health crisis. Alternatively they may experience stress, exhaustion or caregiver burnout to the point that they are less effective at caring for their loved one. Join the discussion to learn how caregivers can care for themselves and thus be at their best when caring for another family member.
OurParents.com and sister sites SeniorAdvisor.com and VeteranAid.org are proud to utilize the popular platform of #ElderCareChat to present resources and updates on topics of importance. Learn more about self-care for caregivers and explore home care options to assist in your caregiving journey. Also, be sure to peruse past #ElderCareChat recaps here.