Earlier this year Dr. Bill and Dr. Judah Ronch, dean of the Erickson School at UMBC, came up with a wonderful idea to partner with UMBC’s Wellness in the Workplace program to create a workshop dedicated to the issues of aging, eldercare and work life.
Unfortunately, few people find themselves fully prepared when they are first faced with a caregiving situation for an aging parent or loved one. Family dynamics are upturned, difficult choices must be made, all while maintaining order in your personal and professional life.
Bill and Judah held their first “Eldercare and the Workplace” workshop to a packed audience in February, accompanied by Erickson M.A. in Aging Services alumnus Steve Gurney ’08, founder and publisher of the regional publication – Guide to Retirement Living.
They also appeared on our local NPR call-in radio program, Midday with Dan Rodricks, for a spirited hour-long discussion on aging and eldercare. You can listen to a podcast of the program here.
I captured some of the workshop on video and edited down some of the highlights, below:
The need for guidance and insight on these issues was so great that UMBC asked Bill and Judah to host another workshop on eldercare. It will be held Friday, April 30 at UMBC. Details below:
The professional challenges of balancing care-giving responsibilities for an aging parent and a full-time job can be significant and daunting.
UMBC’s Wellness in the Workplace program has partnered with the Erickson School to create a workshop designed to help UMBC employees who face difficult caregiving situations related to aging.
On April 30, three leading experts from the Erickson School will provide guidance and advice on caregiving in a workshop titled “Striking a Balance: Eldercare in the Workplace.” The workshop will be held in The Commons 331 from 10-11:30 a.m.
The workshop will be led by Interim Dean Judah Ronch, professor Bill Thomas, author of “What are Old People For?” and M.A. in Aging Services alumnus Steve Gurney ’08, founder and publisher of the regional publication – Guide to Retirement Living.
Employees caring for aging parents often find that new family dynamics and the responsibilities of caregiving are difficult to balance with work, said Ronch.
“Whenever you’re dealing with the aging of a parent you’re going to face an entirely new family situation. You’re family is not alone in having this kind of difficult adjustment,” Ronch said.
The workshop will offer new perspectives on aging and will include time for participants to ask questions about eldercare, including balancing the burden of care-giving among family members, transitioning a parent from home care to nursing care and making end-of-life care decisions.
“We want to take advantage of something that’s unique to UMBC — the Erickson School has a specific approach to aging and the organizations that serve families of elders and we want to share that expertise with our fellow staff an faculty on campus,” said Thomas.
Click here to register. Space is limited – Registration deadline is April 22.
Watch the Feb. 24, 2010 Wellness in the Workplace workshop on Eldercare featuring Judah Ronch, Bill Thomas and Steve Guerney.