Released October 25, 2012
Most individuals will serve in some care role, but there are almost no programs preparing individuals to serve as caregivers for older adults or to be care receivers in old age. This lack of preparation can lead to distress and anticipatory grief about the caregiving process.
Amy Hosier, Family Life Extension specialist and Chair of the Family and Consumer Sciences Aging Initiative at the University of Kentucky, will introduce the life story tool and the Memory Banking program in a free webinar Tuesday, Nov. 13. Hosier will help web viewers understand the importance and benefits of life story as a caregiving tool and encourage participants to write a life story. The free webinar from eXtension.org begins at 1 p.m. Central Time. Details about connecting are at https://learn.extension.org/events/757.
Creative ways to promote positive caregiving are important because approximately 49 million people in the U.S. are caregivers to at least one or more adults (AARP 2009), including 15 million who provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias (Alzheimer’s Association 2012).
Memory Banking is a program that focuses on caregiving/care-receiving preparation and social support by improving communication through collective life story recording. Memory Banking addresses mental health, social support and person-centered care as a means of improving the caregiving process.
Life story is an account of the series and events that make up your life and define who you are. The story of your life is important because it helps explain where you’ve been, how you got there, where you are now and even where and what you will be doing in the future.
eXtension Family Caregiving: Caring for Aged and/or Disabled Adults focuses on helping people address caregiving needs at the individual, family and community level.
About the presenter
Through Cooperative Extension Services, Amy Hosier develops a variety of programs to help individuals, families and communities manage the challenges and discover the positive aspects of life transitions and growing older. Her research has examined the concept of institutional permeability as it relates to quality of life and well being for the individuals residing and working in nursing facilities. She is passionate about exercising narrative interview and life story techniques with family caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's disease to better examine meanings of home and adjustment through memory loss. Dr. Hosier has a wide range of experience in long-term care settings and working with professional and family caregivers.
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