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Join us for an engaging session to learn more about the challenges and costs of caregiving and potential solutions. Participate in a dialogue about other avenues Colorado can take to support Caregivers now and in the future -- and to grow the Caregiver base and resources!
The Colorado Health Institute did a special research project looking specifically at the costs of informal caregiving in Colorado -- concluding that in 2015, those costs approximated $3.7 billion dollars or $7,400 per caregiver. A link to the full report is here - https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/SAPGA%20Caregiving%20Report_1.pdf.. Sara Schmitt, Director of Community Health Policy will present their findings - https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/person/sara-schmitt.
A growing understanding of Caregiving has shown that respite care provides significant relief providing the informal caregiver with the opportunity to recharge and regroup -- preserving the health of the caregiver and improving on the connection and caregiving done for the senior who is being cared for. Meghan Kluth, Program Manager, Colorado Respite Care Program will present on their program and successes - http://coloradorespitecoalition.org/about/care-project.php and https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghanbaskett/.
A startup in the aging space focusing specifically on the informal Caregiver, Tailored Care (http://tailoredcare.com/), will provide an overview of their research into why they opted to focus on this segment of the market and what their product and service has proven is effective for improving the lives of the informal Caregiver, the Senior being cared for and ultimately reducing long-term costs associated with delayed entry into the long-term care system. Rhonda Montgomery will present a summary of her research and the Tailored Care solution. - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhonda-montgomery-25aa2639/.
When older adults face challenges, families face transitions that often require significant role changes that are confusing and difficult. Sara Qualls, Director of the Aging Center and Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (https://www.uccs.edu/healthcircle/aging-center.html; https://www.uccs.edu/geron) trains mental health providers to help caregivers and caregiving families make the necessary transitions in care in a way that supports the older adult and the rest of the family.