5159.0 Personal Assistance, Social Support, and Caregiving

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
This session will focus on social support, personal assistance, and caregiving by discussing the following topics: benefits of employer-sponsored elder care programs, a community-based model for creating supportive teams for caregivers and patients, the relation between social relationships and emotional well-being among older adults, impact of respite/support services on elderly adults with disabilities and their caregivers, caregiversí increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This session will provide valuable information for researchers, employers, and policy makers for program and study planning.
Session Objectives: 1. Explain the role of social support in buffering negative effects of discrimination. 2. Formulate policy recommendations and best practices for effective employer-sponsored elder care programs. 3. Describe how caregiving poses risk for cardiovascular disease events among caregivers.

Ties that Bind: Social Relationships and Emotional Well-Being Among Middle Aged and Older African Americans
Jan Warren-Findlow, PhD, James N. Laditka, DA, PhD, MPA, Sarah B. Laditka, PhD and Michael E. Thompson, MS, DrPH

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Gerontological Health (newly approved name Aging & Public Health)
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)