August 3, 2009

Benefits Is Going Green
Administrative Process Review Set to Begin
Wesley Woods Caregiver Support Group Underway


Wesley Woods Brings Education and Support
to Caregivers at Emory

More than 23 million people provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend, averaging approximately 21 hours of care per week. As our population ages, with boomers retiring and the sandwich generation expanding, this number will continue to grow.

While caregiving comes with financial costs for the caregiver, there are emotional costs as well. Balancing work, family and caregiving responsibilities can lead to significant anxiety and depression, as well as other health risks. 

In 2007, the Work-Life Task Force recommended that Emory establish support systems for caregivers as part of the dependent care programming. The WorkLife Center and Wesley Woods have collaborated to bring The Families in Transition Education & Support Group to Emory employees.

The Families in Transition Education & Support Group emerged from Wesley Woods’ Transitions Senior Program, which is a short-term program that provides support and treatment for seniors facing emotional or behavior difficulties. (see sidebar)

The support group, which is open to the community and free of charge, provides education, resources and support to caregivers who are facing the psychological, physical, and social challenges of caregiving. Group members are encouraged to offer support to one another, and exchange ideas and experiences to help relieve alienation and prevent caregiver burnout.

The Support Group meets:
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (Starting August 6, 2009)
Noon - 1:00pm
Cox Hall - Center for Women
Conference Rm, 3rd Flr
569 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
6:30pm - 7:30pm
52 Executive Park South, Ste 5200
Atlanta, GA 30329

For more information, please call Pat Rich at (404)728-6304.

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The Wesley Woods Transitions Senior Program

The Wesley Woods Transitions Senior Program is a comprehensive short-term psychiatric outpatient program that provides support and treatment for senior adults facing emotional or behavioral health difficulties. It features coordinated, intensive treatment that is more concentrated than traditional outpatient care.

The structured format provides medical monitoring plus therapeutic groups and activities. It can be used as a step-down from inpatient treatment or used for individuals needing a more intensive level of care but not hospitalization. The program enables older adults to address their illness while remaining independent at home or in the community.

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