Kari Henley Founder, Age Without Borders- Colorado, USA
Kari is a social entrepreneur and an “aging enthusiast,” with decades of experience in startups, virtual content development, international tele-seminars, blogging for the Huffington Post, facilitating for corporate and private clients and private consulting to bring out the best in thought leaders. Kari has a Masters degree in psychology, masters coursework in Organizational leadership, and is passionate about the aging industry’s global transformation.
Age Without Borders is a boutique virtual events company, specializing in summits, e-courses and webinars. We catalyze active aging innovations with practical and inspiring content, featuring global and multi-generational thought leaders. Our focus is in active aging and life long learning, with topics of vital interest to the 50+ market, including: caregiving, finance, retirement, travel, relationships and health. Age Without Borders recently produced the Global Caregiving Virtual Summit, featuring over 60 experts and thought leaders from 17 countries on topics relevant to professionals and family caregivers.
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Caring for one another as we age has become more challenging, as we are living longer, with more complex medical conditions. As global cultural lifestyles continue to move away from multi-generational living; caring for each other has become increasingly more difficult, stressful and expensive. Unfortunately, most family members or friends do not identify themselves as a “caregiver,” and subsequently do not access the levels of training, support and innovations that could help the most. As the global aging population reaches a tipping point within the decade, the need for innovations is vital – for both professionals, as well as family and friends serving as part time or full time carers.
In this symposium, innovations in caregiving will be explored from four distinct perspectives: building caregiving education and community through the power of the internet, preserving financial well-being, managing the emotional and family dynamics of caring, as well as exploring a live scenario of how to think “out of the box” for innovations for older adults who wish to care for themselves.
- Uniting caregiving in the digital world with experts and everyday heroes
Presented by, Kari Henley
The power of the internet has become one of the greatest tools to unite global communities; from first world nations to developing countries. Most people have cell phones and computers, and use them all day long. Hence, using the internet for education, innovating, training and community building has become possible through the power of online tools. We have so much to learn from one another, and caregiving innovations can be found both on every continent and deserve to be widely shared. Kari Henley will overview the power of digital tools from the simplicity of Skype to connect family members, to how she architected a virtual conference that united experts as well as everyday heroes, and allowed thousands of people around the world to watch simultaneously. Some of the most important innovations in aging and caregiving have come from those who have used the power of their personal experiences to propel them to solve a problem for the benefit of all.
- Caregiving and financial well-being
Presented by, Sandra Timmermann
As the global population ages, it might be said that family caregivers are in the midst of the “perfect storm”. The population is aging, families are smaller, adult children are employed and often live far from their aging parents, and social and financial supports are generally not available to supplement family care. Caregiving takes a toll, not only emotionally and physically, but also financially. Often caregivers pay out of pocket for their parent’s care, leave the workforce, and jeopardize their own financial future. This presentation will focus on caregiving and its impact on financial well-being. It will include an overview of the issue, recent research, employer response including work life programs and paid leave, community resources that can assist caregivers, trends in long-term care insurance and support, and public policy initiatives such as tax credits.
- The emotional and family aspects of caregiving.
Presented by, Dr. Amy D’Aprix
As we rethink caregiving we must explore innovative ways for family members to provide more effective care to an aging family member, and to have more harmonious relationships. Challenging dynamics are a common issue in families caring for an older adult. These relationship struggles often add to the stress experienced by the primary caregiver, as well as strain relationships among family members that may already be tenuous. Tense family relationships may also have a negative impact on the older adult receiving care; either because the family isn’t effective at working together to ensure the older adult receives the best care possible, or because the conflict among family members is upsetting to the older adult.
This presentation will explore redefining caregiving roles and responsibilities in the family to enhance the quality of care provided, while also increasing harmony within the family. We will also discuss ways to improve communication through essential conversations, and provide ideas for taking a preventive rather than restorative approach to family relationships.
- Caregiving solutions by combining traditional and non-traditional methods
Presented by Judy Rough, CSA
Using imagery and storytelling, Judy Rough will set the stage of a caregiving scenario: featuring the story of someone needing care who is currently residing in their home alone, and who would like to remain there as long as possible. Some of the issues presented include:
- In-home care and skilled care using robots
- Medication management using smart dispensers
- Food shopping using home food delivery
- Trips to the emergency department of a hospital reduced using acute mobile care
- Doctor’s appointments using doctor’s house calls and/or telemedicine
- Transportation problems using door thru door services
- Nutrition using personal home chefs
- Relieve carer or caregiver burden with virtual caregiving
- Reduce isolation and loneliness with video conferencing
- Errands and tasks provided by services, friends, and family
- Shared housing used to reduce isolation and loneliness and increase revenue
- Shared caregiving reducing burden and increasing communication