Family Caregiving Speaker series

The Gerontology program in collaboration with the Health Psychology doctoral program will bring two speakers during the academic year 2016-17 to address the challenges associated with becoming a family caregiver for relatives with Dementia and/or other Illnesses and Chronic Conditions:
Friday March 17th at 11:00 am. UNC Charlotte at COLVARD Room #3066. 
  • Title: Caregiving Across the Lifespan: Principles and Practice.
    • Dr. Bert Hayslip has received the 2016 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award at the Gerontological Society of America in November at the Annual Meetings in New Orleans. He is emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas, currently teaches at Coastal Carolina University, and he is a research  affiliated faculty with the Gerontology Program at UNC Charlotte.  This lecture will examine caregiving in its many forms across the lifespan, concentrating on key underlying principles guiding an understanding of this role. In addition, we will discuss the implications of these principles for understanding the challenges that caregivers face.  Bert Hayslip (see 
Friday April 21st at 11:00 am. UNC Charlotte at COLVARD Room #3066. 
  • Title: Alzheimer’s and Family Care:  Alternatives to Running on Empty.  
    • Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Director, Duke Family Support Program, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke School of Medicine.  Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder poses unique challenges and risks for well-intentioned family caregivers.  What evidence-informed best practices help dementia family caregivers minimize risks to themselves while enhancing the quality and effectiveness of this personalized care? How does North Carolina’s dementia-capable model program, Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty), tailor consumer-directed care to family-centered preferences, goals, needs and strengths? Lisa Gwyther (see