The United States population has an impending boom of seniors — aptly termed as the “silver tsunami” — and daily living assistance, regular medical aid, and supervised care will be required for a large percentage of this new demographic. Arranging this care can be a challenge in and of itself, but mix in weighing healthcare options, care facility options, and the costs, and people can quickly find themselves in the middle of a logistical nightmare.
In light of how difficult it can be to navigate care options for seniors, Crossroads Hospice’s Community Educator Judy Waechter, Senior Care Live’s Steve Kuker, and other leaders in the elder care community came together on August 17th to host the “Hindsight is 20/20” elder care workshop in Overland Park, Kansas at the Matt Ross Community Center.
During the free public workshop, attendees followed the journey of a fictional couple: one with advancing COPD and the other with cancer. Along the couple’s journey of aging and declining health, the elder care experts helped attendees understand what options would best suit the couple’s care needs, what those costs would actually look like, how hospice and palliative care would be beneficial to them, and the difference in both cost and peace of mind that comes with planning proactively, rather than reactively.
We were so richly blessed by the turnout and impact of the event! Due to popular demand, the expert elder care panel will again host the workshop — free, open to the public, and worth 3.0 CE credits for Nursing and Social Work — in two other venues in Overland Park!
Helping people better understand how to select the right care options and how to best plan ahead for aging and declining health is a core focus of our foundation. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to help bring this free workshop to the Overland Park community and help people better understand, and properly plan for, the end-of-life journey.