Paula Span Discusses the Challenges and Joys of Adult/Elder Caregiving
In February 2012, the Office of Work/Life hosted a workshop on the challenges and joys of adult/elder caregiving. The guest speaker was Paula Span, writer of the New York Times blog The New Old Age and author of "When the Time Comes: Families With Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions." Paula is also an adjunct professor of Columbia University School of Journalism.
This discussion explored the ways in which care giving has evolved from previous generations and the resulting need to initiate and continue difficult conversations with loved ones.
Watch the video of the event (run time 50 minutes) that includes the following topics:
•The risks, physical, psychological and financial, that caregivers face
•The legal documents that older adults should complete and that family caregivers should have available
•Some sources of help, for both older adults and their caregivers, that can be tapped
For additional information and resources on adult and elder care, visit the Adult & Elder Care webpage.