Presenter(s): Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., ABPP and Sue L. Smith, Ed.D., MPH

Date: December 1 at 12pm CT

Older adults who experience behavioral health challenges face both ageism and bias and discrimination toward mental illness, making them a particularly vulnerable population in our society. Caring for and supporting the caregivers of adults who struggle with mental health challenges is vital to ensuring their health, safety and future is secure. This is a particular challenge for family caregivers who are older adults themselves and have been managing the mental health needs of their aging adult children for many years.  In this webinar presented by the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging and the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center, we will focus on meeting the needs of this important population by providing support for their caregivers and the support professionals involved in their care.

Join us for a rich presentation and discussion with a national expert in aging and a parent/caregiver expert on families with the lived experience caring for an older adult who struggles with mental illness. This webinar will focus on understanding the unique needs of this vulnerable population, the needs of their caregivers, and the concerns and challenges they face. Our goal is to provide valuable information, resources and tools to both caregivers and support professionals that will help ensure older adults with mental health needs live full lives with the best outcomes possible.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the unique needs of older adults managing care for their aging adult children with mental health challenges and/or substance use issues
  • To understand the concerns and challenges families face in caring for adults with mental health needs and planning for their future
  • To empower caregivers of adults with mental health challenges by providing supportive information, resources and tools
  • To provide valuable information to support professionals involved in the care of adults with mental health needs that will help ensure best possible outcomes for their future