AGEC Recognizing National Family Caregivers Month by Providing Education and Resources

By Vanessa Lee

The AGEC is partnering with community organizations to host online and in-person programs to help provide information and training, which can be used to ease the burden for family caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges of increased social isolation and loneliness for caregivers. These unpaid guardians play an important role in both caring for older adults and ensuring they stay healthy in uncertain times.

Programs include “Creating a Dementia Friendly Home,” “Caregiver Resources,” “Creating a Caregiver Binder” and an online Memory Café. You can find information about all the upcoming events at https://agec.uams.edu/community-events/. Can’t make the scheduled program date and time? Replays of the Facebook programs can be found at https://www.facebook.com/uamsagec.

 

In Arkansas, one in four adults are caregivers and more than a third provide care for at least 20 hours per week. Most of the care that older adults receive comes from unpaid family members, friends or other caregivers. 

 

If you would like to receive a monthly newsletter about upcoming programs, please email agec@uams.edu and ask to be added to the email list for the AGECaring Friends Newsletter.

 

The UAMS AGEC is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant.


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