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Panelists of Supporting the Informal Caregiver: Implications for an Aging Society and GHDonline staff

In 2010, there were more than seven potential informal caregivers for every person over the age of 80 in the United States. This ratio is falling steadily as the population of older adults grows: by 2030, there will be only four potential caregivers for every adult over 80 (AARP).

Despite the growing demand for informal care, there is little evidence on how best to support informal caregivers’ needs. The resources that do exist are limited and often difficult to find and understand. Furthermore, caregivers struggle to determine which resources, agencies, and services they can trust.

To help address this gap, GHDonline is hosting an Expert Panel that will explore the needs of informal caregivers and various strategies for meeting them. Through this discussion, we will address the unmet needs of those providing care for elderly family members at home, the role of providers in supporting these informal caregivers, and the technologies and programs available to help caregivers increase the autonomy, safety, and quality of life of those in their care.

Join us June 13–20 for this virtual panel discussion on GHDonline. Each day of the panel will feature a different panelist and case highlighting barriers to and potential strategies for meeting the needs of aging adults, their caregivers, and providers.

We are delighted to welcome the following panelists:

Monday: Opening Remarks, the Informal Caregiver Landscape and the “Caregiver Cliff”
- Laura Frain, MD, MPH, Geriatrician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Catherine Fabrizi, MSN, APRN-BC, Director of Nursing & Nurse Case Manager, Geriatrics Section, Boston Medical Center
- Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute; Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America

Tuesday: Project ECHO-AGE, ECHO-Care Transitions, and Technology
- Eddy Ang, MD, Associate Director, Project ECHO-AGE, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Melissa L.P. Mattison, MD, SFHM, FACP, Chief, Hospital Medicine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital; co-founder, Project ECHO-AGE and ECHO-Care Transitions

Wednesday: The Economic Burden on Informal Caregivers
- Lisa D’Ambrosio, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT AgeLab

Thursday: The Importance of Patient and Caregiver Advocacy and Empowerment
- Thomas Bauer, MBA, RT(R), Senior Director, Patient and Family Education, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Friday: Making Meaning and Creating Value as we Age
- Rachel Broudy, MD, Medical Director, Mercy LIFE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
- Felicity Aulino, PhD, MPH, Five-College Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Monday: Closing Remarks, Reflections and Future Considerations
- Len Fishman, JD, Director, Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

We look forward to a rich discussion next week. Please join the conversation and share your questions or comments!