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Caregivers Shoulder Increased Burdens During Pandemic

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About one fifth of adults in the U.S are taking care of a family member or friend who needs help.  The unpaid work of caring for loved ones who are aging, sick or disabled is often rewarding but it can also be exhausting, stressful and it can take a toll on the caregiver’s mental health.  These strains have only increased during the pandemic when many services, like adult daycares, that used to provide a respite for caregivers, are closed.  We’ll talk about caregiving during the pandemic, and how to get support.

Resources for caregivers

  • https://www.caregivercalifornia.org/
  • https://www.caregiver.org/

 

Guests:

Jessica Zitter, physician trained in palliative and critical care medicine, Highland Hospital, Oakland. Co-director of the documentary short, "Caregiver: A Love Story." <br /> <br /> ****Find a virtual screening of Caregiver: A Love Story https://caregiveralovestory.com/screenings

Christina Irving, Client Services Director, Family Caregiver Alliance<br />

Donna Benton, Research Associate Professor of Gerontology and director of the Family Caregiver Support Center, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

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