321 Caring for the Caregivers

Barry Jacobs • Friday Afternoon

Barry JacobsMany baby boomers are now caring for aging parents, and their experiences of caregiving range from being deeply enriching to heart-wrenching to soul-deadening. Their ingrained beliefs play a major role in how they view the experience.
This workshop will focus on how to assess the four core sets of beliefs that underlie caregivers’ attitudes as well as how to shift them toward a greater sense of purpose and meaning.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Normalize caretaker ambivalence and enhance their sense of purpose
  • Align beliefs among groups of caregiving relatives and conduct family meetings that resolve conflicts
  • Address issues of end-of-life forgiveness

Barry Jacobs, PsyD, is the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program and the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers. He’s on the Caregiver Advisory Panel and writes a monthly column for AARP.

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