The next #ElderCareChat will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET with guest panelist Mark Gibbons, director of programs and operations for the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association). Via the Caregiver Action Network Twitter account (@CaregiverAction), Mr. Gibbons will lead us in a discussion about the roles and responsibilities involved in caring for aging parents, and ways to ensure everyone plays a part.
Whether the issue is geographic distance, marital status, or even gender bias, it’s not uncommon for one adult child to handle the lion’s share of the work involved in caregiving. But when a disproportionate amount of responsibility falls to one family member, it can lead to resentment, illness, and caregiver burnout. It’s no surprise, then, that dividing caregiving responsibilities fairly can positively affect the health of the entire family—something the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) does not take lightly. In fact, CAN is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for seniors as well as loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, or disease.
Since 1993, the Caregiver Action Network has been working to promote resourcefulness and respect for family caregivers across the country. A nonprofit organization that provides education, peer support, and resources, CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers—from the parents of children with special needs and the families and friends of wounded soldiers, to young couples dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.
In his role with the Caregiver Action Network, Mark Gibbons is helping raise the platform of education and awareness for caregivers across the nation. Before joining CAN, he dedicated 10 years of service to the U.S. Army as an officer in Operation Desert Shield/Storm as well as Operation Provide Comfort. He then served as chief of staff for the mayor of Augusta, Georgia, and later as a congressional aide for Representative Charles Norwood (10th-GA). Following his relocation to Washington, DC, Mr. Gibbons brought his leadership skills to the syndicated television program “The McLaughlin Group,” and served as the director of operations for the American Red Cross. He is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
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