Caregiving as an Older Adult
There are over 5 million family Caregivers for Military Veterans in the United States. These Caregivers include spouses and adult children of Veterans who may have served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. For Caregivers over age 75, there are additional challenges to supporting a loved one with care needs and these older Caregivers spend more than 34 hours a week on caregiving tasks. Listen to this webinar to learn about older caregivers and resources that may help them and their family as they age.
Gail Hunt is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Prior to heading NAC, Ms. Hunt was President of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years. She conducted corporate eldercare research for the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, developed training for caregivers with AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and designed a corporate eldercare program for EAPs with the Employee Assistance Professional Association.
As a national expert in family caregiving and long-term care, Ms. Hunt served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, as well as on the CMS Advisory Panel on Medicare Education. She was the chair of the National Center on Senior Transportation. Ms. Hunt is also a commissioner for the Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST) and on the Board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. Ms. Hunt is a member of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Workforce Technical Expert Workgroup. She co-chairs the NQF MAP Person and Family-Centered Care task force. Additionally, Ms. Hunt is on the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Rosie, as she prefers to be called, ran into many walls looking for help for her family after her son was one of the first critically wounded in Iraq in 2003, before military family assistance programs found their footing. A former paralegal and administrator, she shares Army veteran status with her son and her husband, Alain, who is a secondary caregiver to Alan.
Rosie speaks before civic and veterans groups to inspire and motivate them to fill the gaps in federal assistance programs for combat veterans, works with members of Congress to keep the interests of wounded warriors visible, and helps families of wounded veterans find their way to a new, happy normal. Alain is also an active advocate for the military/ veteran community and supports Alan’s involvement in adaptive sports and rehabilitation.