An upcoming online workshop hopes to teach adult children the skills they need to support their parents—who may also be caregivers for other family members.
“Caregiving Relationships: Conversations of Aging,” hosted by Iowa State University, will be held Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT via Zoom.
“November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor those who care for an adult with a chronic condition, as well as those who care for a child, teen or adult child with special health or behavioral needs,” said Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist in family well-being with ISU Extension and Outreach, in a release.
According to a 2020 study, more than one in five Americans, or 53 million people, are providing unpaid care to someone with health or functional needs.
Rader also mentions that caregivers are more likely to accept their adult child’s help than they are help from outside community sources.
“You are a son or daughter to your parents regardless of age, but your role description can change when your parent is in the role of a caregiver,” Rader said. “Your parent is in a new role when helping a spouse with things they cannot do because of a medical condition’s disabling effects. You can learn how to better support your parent during this time.”
Rader said the program will particularly focus on teaching adult children about decision-making, talking, listening and how to start tough conversations when it comes to helping their caregiving parents.
The event is free to attend, but participants must register to join.