Older adults age 65 and up represent 15.2% of the U.S. population, totaling one in every seven people. More than one in six Americans working full time or part time report caring for an elderly or disabled family member, relative or friend.
To assist UToledo’s employees who may be helping with the care of aging or ill loved ones, the University’s wellness program, Healthy U, is bringing together local resources to offer educational programming on various topics related to older adults.
“We’re passionate about supporting faculty and staff in all phases of life,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator. “Whether you want information about resources for self-care or are caring for a loved one, elderly-related topics are relevant for many people today.”
The Healthy U Elder Care Series will feature both in-person and online-based presentations in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Employee Assistance Program, IMPACT Solutions.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the following free sessions from noon to 1 p.m. this month:
• Wednesday, Oct. 9 — Helping Aging Loved Ones Manage Their Affairs, online webinar by IMPACT Solutions. Register on this program’s website.
• Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association in Carlson Library Room 1005 on Main Campus.
• Thursday, Oct. 17 — Promoting Optimal Aging, online webinar presented by IMPACT Solutions. Register on this program’s website.
• Wednesday, Oct. 23 — 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association in the Center for Creative Education Room 0111 on Health Science Campus.
Detailed program descriptions can be found on the Healthy U website.
Additionally, the University’s free Employee Assistance Program, IMPACT Solutions, provides numerous resources for elder care, such as caregiver support, adult care services, and grief and loss assistance. For more details, visit myimpactsolution.com, use “UT” as the username and select Caregiver Resources under the Relationships icon.