Amid challenges posed by COVID-19, recent national attention on the needs of caregivers is long overdue, says Donna Benton, director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center.
"Project Reveal: Celebrating the Caregiver in You" will discuss issues facing caregivers and focus on how family caregivers can celebrate themselves by taking time for respite activities.
Using technology and engaging the senses can help us tackle loneliness among older adults, say USC experts.
Donna Benton, research associate professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, says national attention to the needs of family caregivers is long overdue.
Katy Fike MSG ’06, PhD ’09, says her time at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology was transformative: “It just opened my eyes, page after page, class after class. I felt there was so much I wanted to know, so I decided to stay for the PhD.”
Instructional Associate Professor Caroline Cicero, director of the USC Age-Friendly University Initiative, encourages everyone to determine how communities can foster connections with sequestered residents who may be overlooked by mainstream service providers.
Family caregivers are often invisible because of who they are, where they provide care, how the work is valued and a lack of data, which policymakers can change, says Donna Benton, director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center.
The coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges to senior care, but with some planning and determination, the risk can be mitigated, according to experts from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
During National Suicide Prevention Week, Professor Elizabeth Zelinski discusses the need for better mental health supports for older adults.
Benton, director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center, joins a group of civic leaders who will help to develop components of California's Master Plan for Aging.