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ADRC and Family Caregiving Topic of Town Hall Meeting

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Jerry Cohen (right), State Director for AARP Oregon led a dynamic discussion on family caregiving with caregiving expert and nationally renowned Gerontologist Dr. Vicki Schmall (center), and Dr. David Nardone (left), a physician, caregiver and an aging advocate.

The discussion was listened to by over 13,000 Oregonians via phone. The program was in honor of family caregiver month and co-sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC).

Over 13,000 Oregonians listened in recently to a telephone town hall meeting dedicated to family caregiving. Presented in honor of national family caregiver month and co-sponsored by AARP Oregon and the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), the presenters focused on ways to help caregivers, such as making advance plans, not taking on too much and pacing themselves. 
 

The major theme of the evening was talking about important issues to help people plan ahead for themselves and their loved ones, exploring key issues in caregiving, and letting people know about the Aging & Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC), an important resource available in our state to help older adults and their caregivers. 
 

You can go to the Aging and Disability Connection of Oregon website or call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (673-2372) toll free. 

There is a famous Rosalyn Carter quote – there are four types of people in the world - those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers or those who will need caregivers.

Jerry Cohen, State Director for AARP Oregon led the discussion with caregiving expert and nationally renowned Gerontologist Dr. Vicki Schmall, and Dr. David Nardone, a physician, caregiver and an aging advocate. 
 

Here are some facts brought out in the discussion:

  • By 2020, Oregon’s age 65+ population will nearly double.
  • According to a recent study, nearly half of all Oregonian’s 50+ are dealing with or will deal with caring for an aging loved one – a spouse, parent or other family member or friend.
  • Unpaid family caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system and it is estimated that Oregon has an estimated 620,000 family caregivers who provide care valued at almost $5 billion to their loved ones each year.
  • Family caregivers and older adults seeking to maintain independence often struggle with the challenges that aging and caregiving bring – we struggle with difficult decisions and need help navigating the systems and where to go for respite and to know the kind of support and services that may be able to help us.
  • Oregon has a system that has been a pioneer in the country in providing more options and greater choice in long term care services. 
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For more information, visit the Aging and Disability Connection of Oregon website, or call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (673-2372) to get the help you need. The newly enhanced AARP caregiving channel is also a resource for toolkits and checklists related to caregiving.