Hawaii has the highest percentage of residents age 85+ in the nation – and the eldest segment of our population is projected to grow by nearly 60 percent over the next 20 years. As the demand for caregiver services increases, advocates worry that the emotional, health and financial pressures on Hawaii’s family caregivers will reach a breaking point.
To address these concerns, AARP is teaming up with the Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition and Catholic Charities Hawaii to provide family caregivers with the resources and support they need to care for aging family members and friends. The “Caring for Your Parents” workshop will cover a range of issues presented by local experts in geriatric and health care services. Topics include caring for a loved one in a facility or at home; in-home and out-of home respite options; understanding challenging behaviors of people with dementia; and tips on involving the entire family in the care of aging loved ones.
According to research sponsored by AARP and the Ad Council, the average family caregiver is a boomer woman who works full time and helps her parents or loved one by providing 20 hours a week as an unpaid family caregiver. Two-thirds are caring for someone with a chronic condition like cancer or heart disease. A third are caring for someone with dementia. Given the daily challenges they face, caregivers often feel isolated, frustrated and overwhelmed. Many don’t know where to turn for help, information and support.
The event is free but space is limited and registration is required. Call (toll-free) 1-877-926-8300 or register online.
Saturday, April 27 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Catholic Charities Hawaii
1822 Keeaumoku Street