The Bethune-Cookman University Petrock College of Health Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL hosted their first Caregivers Symposium. Dr. Vanessa Jones Briscoe, Department Chair for Aging Studies, acknowledges that with the “graying” of America, the demand for more caregivers is escalating. Caregivers assist those who are incapacitated and in need of help. Typically, the person receiving the care has multiple chronic illnesses and requires ongoing assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). The University hopes that this annual symposium will help people understand that caregivers’ issues critically impact our communities.
Attorney Kirk T. Bauer, Mr. Almon Gunter, Vanessa Jones Briscoe, Ph.D., ARNP and Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H.
The program featured speakers who shared their expert knowledge with registered attendees:
- Attorney Kirk T. Bauer, owner Bauer and Associates Attorneys at Law addressed financial and legal matters that caregivers are to consider.
- And Mr. Almon Gunter, CEO and President of Almon Gunter Motivates, Inc. Mr. Gunter (acclaimed motivational speaker and author) got the audience up and moving! He helped attendees gain a better understanding of how physical activity (crucial for mental and physical well-being), helps us cope with many caregiving responsibilities.
- The keynote speaker, Dr. Carl V. Hill, Director, Office of Special Populations at the NIA, informed the audience of important details related to aging, collective responses, social support, caregiving and health disparities.
B-CU's Barrigan Tri-County Seniors
The program also featured an expert panel of geriatric social workers and care managers that discussed fundamental features of effective caregiving. Dr. Deanna Wathington, Executive Dean and Professor of the College of Health Sciences, said that “this symposium is an exciting opportunity for the Bethune-Cookman University Petrock College of Health Sciences to engage community stakeholders about aging and caregiving. “