Submitted by: Jacklyn Isasi, Communications Director, AARP Pennsylvania

AARP and SEIU are collaborating to host a caregiving forum. The purpose of the event is to highlight a variety of caregiving issues, primarily the roles of family caregivers and homecare workers. The forum will focus on ways to support and grow the caregiving workforce, improve and ensure quality care and close the care gap. It will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia (located at 140 S Broad St).

In the coming years, the senior populations in Pennsylvania will increase- also increasing the demands for well-trained, stable in-home workforces and family caregivers. Presently, most long-term services and supports are provided by family members, while many people turn to paid assistance entirely. In turn, it is essential to consider opportunities that will refine the system of long-term caregiving services and supports. This is especially beneficial for the population of over 1.6 million Pennsylvanians currently caring for an older parent or loved one at home.

This forum will highlight the substantial roles of both family caregivers and home care workers in Pennsylvania, and ways that the state can better support caregivers now, and in the future. A number of thought leaders will also be present to discuss how public and private sectors can adapt to meet the needs of family caregivers and their loved ones. A panel discussion will be held to spread information and answer questions on the issues.

Everyone can learn about the issue and how vital it is that these discussions take place.

Want to be a part of it? RSVP to Jennie Eber at jeber@aarp.org or 267-825-9923.