Oct 152013
 

Rosalynn Carter famously segmented the world into four kinds of people: Those who are, have been, will be or will need caregivers. For years, she and her staff at the Rosalyn Carter Institute have worked on ideas and policies to improve the lives of family caregivers, and to raise awareness and understanding of their essential role in today’s health care environment. Next Friday, October 25, RCI will host its annual national summit in Americus, Georgia, home of RCI and Mrs. Carter’s alma mater, Georgia Southwestern State University. RCI Director of National Initiatives Laura Bauer asked Medicaring to share the news of the upcoming event, which promises to be intriguing, with sessions designed to offer new insights and paths for those engaged in caregiver work.

The program features a keynote address by former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole. We met Mrs. Dole at a recent Caregiver Action Network event in Washington, DC, where she was honored for her work to improve the lives of family caregivers for injured veterans. Inspired by her own experience caring for her husband, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, Mrs. Dole launched The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Caring for Military Families. Now that we are in the midst of the longest war in American history, efforts to support wounded veterans and their loved ones are as essential as ever. Having survived once-lethal wounds, these families face decades of coping–and, thanks to groups like Mrs. Dole’s, have an opportunity to thrive.

The agenda features opportunities to learn more about the issues caregivers face, as well as a chance to earn various continuing education credits. Registration is open. If you attend, think about sharing what you learn with Medicaring.org. We would be happy to tell your story.

 

key words: family caregivers, Rosalynn Carter Institute, wounded warriors, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Caregiver Action Network

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