Episode title: Tips and Tools for Safe and Supportive Caregiving
Donna Benton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Research associate professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, director of the Family Caregiver Support Center/LA Caregiver Resource Center at the School of Gerontology.
Donna Benton, Ph.D. is an Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Research associate professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She is the director of the Family Caregiver Support Center/LA Caregiver Resource Center at the School of Gerontology. She was co-chair for the California Taskforce on Family Caregiving, which led to a report outlining recommendations for supporting family caregivers throughout the diverse communities in CA. She is a board member for the CA Elder Justice Coalition. She is currently serving on the DEI committee for the CA Master Plan for Aging. Her research focus is on evidence-based interventions for family caregivers. Her latest research is developing online education for family caregivers to persons with dementia to help prevent elder abuse. She has numerous publications and enjoys speaking on policy recommendations for family caregiver.
Lori Mars, JD, LLM
Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse
Lori Mars, JD, LLM, is the Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse. She is an assistant professor of clinical family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. After practicing law for over 20 years, Lori’s concentration lies in the area of elder abuse research and education. She is interested in scholarship at the intersection of law, aging, and elder abuse. Ms. Mars has a master’s in law in alternative dispute resolution and serves as a volunteer long-term care ombudsman. She is passionate about elder justice and advocating for the rights of all older adults to live with dignity and respect.
About the Podcast:
In this 32 minute podcast, Ms. Mars and Dr. Benton discuss the prevalence of family caregiving, the challenges and rewards of caregiving, and barriers to help-seeking resources for overwhelmed carers. Drawing upon her thirty years of experience working with family caregivers, Dr. Benton suggests a broad range of resources and supports to facilitate successful caregiving and prevent mistreatment. The podcast highlights particular challenges and helpful supports for diverse family caregivers.
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Tips and Tools for Safe and Supportive Caregiving
National Center on Elder Abuse
Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center (LACRC) at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology of USC
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Elder Caregiving in Indian Country
Home for the Holidays: What to look for when visiting an elderly relative
If You Care for Someone with Dementia…You are Their Advocate!
Six Ways to Care for Yourself When Caring for Someone with Dementia English | Chinese | Korean | Japanese | Samoan | Tagalog | Vietnamese
Taking Care of You – Tips for The Family Caregiver
Other Caregiver Resources
Caregiver Action Network
USC Family Caregiver Support Center
Alzheimer’s Association – Caregiving
Adult Day Health Care
ARCH National Respite Locator Service
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s State by State Resource Locator
National Resource Center on Native American Aging’s Native Service Locator