Caregiver support conference at USC this weekend

Health and caregiving experts educate, support and advocate for caregivers, who might suffer from health and financial hardships on the job.

Contact: Orli Belman, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, (310) 709-4156, obelman@usc.edu

WHAT: The 18th Annual CALM (Caregivers are Learning More) Conference. The USC Family Caregiver Support Center is getting a head start on National Caregiving Month with this community outreach event featuring expert speakers, onsite health screenings and a resource fair. This year’s theme, Stepping Stones of Care, focuses on the dynamic journey of caregiving.

WHY: To increase awareness, advocacy and assistance for the nearly 20 million unpaid caregivers including…

The Costs of Caregiving

Health: Research shows that caregiving puts some people at higher risk for depression, major diseases and even death. This public health issue is part of what is called caregiver burden. Caregivers are at risk for social isolation, a condition recently cited as possibly being more harmful to health than smoking or obesity. Click here for LA County caregiver statistics.

Financial: The AARP estimates that caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion in free labor and often put their own financial security at risk. One of our panelists will discuss how to plan and pay for long-term care.

Solutions for Supporting Caregivers

Technology: New online services provide 24 hour-access to personalized information, support and resources
Policy: Local and national efforts are underway to ensure that caregivers are identified and provided with compensation and/or needed services
Planning: Resources around disaster planning and end-of-life decisions can help ensure safety and better quality of life
Community: From social connections to meal delivery, local providers can offer an array of services.
Individual: Exercise, meditation, or just getting time to one’s self can help manage caregiver stress. One of our panelists will focus on hiring in-home help when the workload grows to be too much.

WHO: Donna Benton, Director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center and gerontology professor at the USC Davis School, along with caregivers and experts from health care providers, government agencies, technology companies and community centers. Companies include New York Life, Care More Health Plan, and more.

“With the increase in sandwich generation households, we hear more requests from caregivers helping both adult children and aging parents,” said Benton. “Caregivers desperately need resources to help them remain healthy, because they are the foundation for the family. If they ‘crack,’ the house will be unstable.”

WHEN: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018

WHERE: USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, 3715 McClintock Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90089. Media can park in USC’s Downey Way Parking Structure or in designated media zones.

ABOUT: The USC Family Caregiver Support Center offers help to those caring for family and friends for all cultures and communities in LA county. Services are low or no-cost to family caregivers and friends who help someone over the age of 60 and funding is provided by in part by LA County Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services (WDACS) and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

Call toll-free: 855-USC-6060 (855-872-6060) for help, or visit http://fcscgero.org