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Free program set for adult children supporting aging caregiving parents

Oct 07, 2016

“Caregiving Relationships: Conversations on Aging” is planned 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Jefferson County ISU Extension office.

“Caregiving Relationships: Conversations on Aging” is a free program for adult children supporting their aging caregiver parents.

The session asks: Does your mom or dad take care of a loved one — perhaps one cares for the other? Do you know what your parents are going through? Your parent is in a new role of caregiver when helping a spouse with things he/she cannot do because of a medical condition’s disabling effects. How do you better support your parent during this time?

Research shows that spousal caregivers are more likely to provide care with help from adult children than to accept help from community supports or nonfamily members. “You are a son or daughter to your parent regardless of age, but your role description can change when your parent is in the role of a caregiver,” explains Joy Rouse, human sciences specialist in family life.

“The program helps adult children learn to recognize how caregiving affects relationships. It helps them discover their role in making decisions about their parents’ later life,” continued Rouse.

It also helps adult children build talking and listening skills as well as gain ideas on how to start difficult conversations, she added.

The first session is “Lifetime Relationships: Changes for Adult Children and Their Aging Caregiver Parent.” Participants will learn to recognize how caregiving affects relationships among family members, explore what has changed and what has stayed the same and discover what role an adult child could have in making decisions about parents’ later life.

The second session is “Tools for Talking: Strengthening Later-Life Caregiving Relationships.” Participants will build learning and listening skills for addressing changing needs in later life, how to start the conversation with parents about trying topics.

Register for the sessions by Oct. 14 by calling the Jefferson County Extension office at 472-4166.

According to Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach director Stan Hughes, he Jefferson County Extension Council is working to bring resources to the county to address family caregiving issues. The next learning opportunity is the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” program designed for family caregivers. The series will be six 1.5-hour classes on consecutive Wednesdays starting 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Extension office. Call Hughes for registration and information.


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