Caregiving Series

The Challenges Facing a Family Caregiver

According to a recent study conducted by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), (Oct. 14, 2015), there are more than 43.5 million adults in the United States who have provided unpaid care to an adult or child within the last year. 34.2 of these Americans provide care to an adult age 50 or older. On average, a family caregiver will spend over 24 hours each week providing care to a loved one, although many report spending over 40 hours per week on caregiving duties.

Caregiver burden is reportedly highest among those providing care to a spouse or partner. Family caregiving usually involves tasks above and beyond assisting with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing and eating, but also medical or nursing tasks that are typically performed by a nurse.

Whether you are a brand new caregiver, a family caregiver for a loved one, or a veteran of many years, these workshop sessions will provide valuable resources and information for those in care services.

A light lunch will be provided at each session.

RSVP’s required by 12 p.m., the Thursday prior to the Tuesday event.

Caring Takes Courage and Support

Tuesday, September 18

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., W210, Ekstrom Library

Topics will include:  Testimonials from caregivers; Caregiving and a system of support; Self-care for the caregiver; medical issues in caregiving; how to prepare as a caregiver (in the workplace); talking to healthcare professionals. Light lunch provided. RSVP by emailing


  • Jo Ann Kalb, Jewish Family and Career Services
  • Sharon E. Moore, Ph.D., Kent School of Social Work
  • Janice Baldon-Gutter, Louisville Metro Government
  • Karen M. Robinson, Ph.D., Gerontology Professor Emerita, U of L


Supporting Those Who Support Others

Tuesday, October 16

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., W210, Ekstrom Library

Topics will include: Testimonials from caregivers; Alzheimer’s & family dynamics; Elder Abuse; Financial freedom/resources to help; and Legal Issues in Caregiving. Light lunch provided.  RSVP by emailing


  • Vanessa K. Williams-Harvey, Norton Healthcare
  • Charlene Reynolds, Age Transitions
  • Michelle Rudovich, Office of the Attorney General
  • Ashley Gray-Ziba, Legal Aid Society