Third International Conference on Family Care

Venue: Washington

Location: Washington, District Of Columbia,

Event Date/Time: Oct 12, 2002 End Date/Time: Oct 14, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 25, 2002
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Family caregiving knows no international boundaries. Whether in China, Guatemala, France, Japan, the United States or any other country, family caregivers face increasing stress and health burdens as they try to cope with the demands of caring for relatives while balancing work and family. But despite the increasing media attention to this issue, there are few opportunities to share information about programs that really help family caregivers across the age span and about policies that support them.
The Third International Conference on Family Care will be a forum for caregiving groups, advocates and policy makers from around the globe to share their experiences and lessons in creating innovative and effective programs to empower and assist family caregivers.

Following the successful gatherings in London in 1998 and Brisbane, Australia, in 2000, this three-day conference will highlight best practices on both the governmental and private sector levels with the goal of advancing the caregiving agenda.

Keynote Speakers

Over the past several years, the British Parliament has passed groundbreaking legislation that recognizes family caregivers for their role in the healthcare of relatives and friends and appropriates funds for assessments of caregiver needs--over and above the needs of the care recipient. Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, formerly of the Carers National Association of the UK, will speak on the recent struggle in the United Kingdom to enact this groundbreaking national legislation that recognizes and supports caregivers.

Dr. Rhonda Montgomery, Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Kansas, is a leading researcher on family caregiving issues. Most recently, she has focused on the process caregivers go through in terms of tasks and time and relationship to their family member to begin to recognize that they are indeed caregivers. She will talk about the “reachable moment” when caregivers are open to reaching out for help and services.
Other Plenary Sessions will address:

· Family Care Around the World
· Family Caregiver Empowerment

Conference Objectives

The conference will allow participants to:

· Learn about innovative programs to support and empower family caregivers
· Understand successful models from around the world for public policy and legislation supporting caregivers
· Share insights on best practices for caregiver training, respite, support groups, websites and other programs

Sessions will focus on programs and policies addressing the wide range of family caregiving situations, including:

· Eldercare
· Care for people with mental illness
· Care for people with disabilities
· Care for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities
· Care for children and adults with chronic illnesses
· Care at the end of life
· Grandparents caring for grandchildren
· Caregiving by young people


Additional Information

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