One of my passions when I was working as a chaplain was providing support for caregivers. It still is. Last summer when I discovered that the 30th Anniversary Summit of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving would be held in October in Americus, Georgia, I decided to register. I’m glad I did.
It was a sold out event, including various opportunities for learning and inspiration, including a one-woman play about the life of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter as well as workshops and panel discussions on education, advocacy, research and support for caregivers.
Most inspiring for me took place Friday morning when these three women spoke: Rosalynn Carter, Sandra Deal, wife of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and Lee Woodruff, contributing reporter to “CBS This Morning” and Co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation spoke. All three had been caregivers and knew personally the difficulty of giving care and how much caregivers need education and support.
As Rosalynn Carter has said, all of us fall into one of these categories: 1) We’ve been a caregiver, 2) We will be a caregiver, 3) We are currently a caregiver, or 4) We will need a caregiver. With a large percentage of the population growing older, caregiver support and education is needed more than ever.
To learn more details of the Summit, go to http://www.rosalynncarter.org/30th_Anniversary_Summit.