The Center for Family Intervention Science is excited to kick off its second annual Speaker Series with two lectures this Fall quarter. The mission of our Center and these lectures is to promote family-centered healthcare approaches across all disciplines and domains of research, education and practice. This year, the Center will host a simulcast room where students, staff and faculty can come, hang out and watch the lecture. We will then host the videos on our YouTube channel and website for later viewing.
The New Normal: Family Caregiving in the Context of an Aging Society
Although families have always cared for and supported older adults, the landscape of caregiving is dramatically changing due to unprecedented changes in population dynamics, more people living longer, rise of chronic diseases versus acute care issues, and the absence of a long term care system. Families must assume more care responsibilities than ever before and juggle multiple demands including employment, child rearing and their own health conditions as they too age. In addition, the number of families available to provide what in many cases is extraordinary care is shrinking, thus presenting a critical societal challenge as to who will care for an aging and highly diverse population. Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and Dean of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, explores the implications of the demographics of an aging society on family caregiving, roles that families assume and the challenges and consequences for health care and preparation of a health care workforce.
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