Conference on Aging provides resources for caregivers

Conference Aging Rotator

What – Conference on Aging
When – Oct. 22
Where – UNK Nebraskan Student Union, Ponderosa Room
12 to 12:30 p.m. – Registration
12:30 to 1:45 p.m. – “Caregiver Stress at End-of-Life: Opportunities for Social Work Leadership,” Karla Washington, assistant research professor at University of Missouri
1:45 to 2:15 p.m. – “Caregiving,” Susan Bochart, lifespan respite coordinator at Nebraska Respite Network
2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – “E-Resources for Caregivers,” Ashley Gage, UNK social work professor
Cost $40 for individuals; agencies get $10 discount per attendee after first individual fee of $40; UNK students, faculty and seniors 62 and over are free.
More information 308.865.8739 or

KEARNEY – “Caregivers: Caring for Those Who Care for Others” is the topic for the fourth annual Conference on Aging at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The conference, sponsored by the UNK Department of Social Work and Cambridge Court Senior Living Community, is Oct. 22 in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.

Karla Washington, assistant research professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, will present “Caregiver Stress at the End-of-Life: Opportunities for Social Work Leadership” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Washington specializes in research on hospice and palliative care and family caregiving. She is a member of the Hospice Caregiver Research Network, an interdisciplinary team of researchers committed to intervention research to support caregivers.

“Our aging population is growing. However, the percentage of older people who end up in nursing homes is actually low, which means we have a lot of spouses and family members caring for others,” said Nadine Stuehm, UNK social work senior lecturer. “It is important for our students to understand those needs, see the challenges and learn how to provide those services to people.”

From 1:35 to 2:15 p.m., Susan Bochart, lifespan respite coordinator for the Nebraska Respite Network, will present, “Caregiving.” Bochart has worked for Central Nebraska Community Services for 24 years and has been a respite coordinator for the last five years.

Ashley Gage, a professor in the UNK Social Work Department, will present “E-Resources for Caregivers” from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Gage previously worked with hospice caregivers, including implementing technology resources to connect caregivers with hospice care teams and facilitating online support groups for active and bereaved hospice caregivers.

A panel discussion that includes caregivers from the community will share their experiences in caring for their spouses at 3:15 p.m.

Registration for the conference begins at noon. The cost is $40 for individuals. For agencies, the cost is $40 for the first attendee and $30 for all others from the same agency.

Registration for UNK students, faculty and seniors 62 and over is free. Social workers can earn 3.5 CEU credits. For more information, contact 308.865.8739 or


Source: Nadine Stuehm, 308.865.8738,
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529,

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