New Atlanta Caregiver Workshop Takes on One of Most Avoided Issues of our Time

JOYN Presents “Seasons of Care” During National Alzheimer’s Week to Help Families Prepare and Care for Elderly Parents, Spouses

By Lynn Harris Medcalf   |   September 5, 2017

Caregiver Workshop: Caregivers for Elderly Parents w Alzheimers, Dementia

Atlanta, GA – Tuesday, September 5, 2017 — It happens every day: a parent or spouse falls or gets sick. What begins as a routine hospital visit quickly turns into something far more serious and daunting: a diagnosis that requires medical care, a move from the family home, and care from professional and/or family caregivers. Providing that care can be tremendously expensive and stressful—and even create significant health issues for caregivers. Yet, due to our reluctance to talk about death and dying—much less plan for it—and a perfect storm of demographic trends, society has little help to offer those struggling with these issues.

Over the next 25 years, aging boomers and longer lifespans will double the population of Americans aged 65 years or older. By 2050, the U.S. population of seniors will swell to 80 million, 20% of the total population. With 10,000 boomers retiring each day, skyrocketing medical costs, and a projected mushrooming of Alzheimer’s and dementia that create greater health risks for caregivers, Atlantans must plan ahead for their loved ones and themselves.

“Seasons of Care, a new workshop launching in Atlanta on September 13, seeks to help current and future caregivers, seniors, and families prepare and learn how a topic laden with fear and dread can become a far more positive, loving time. A sudden health crisis shouldn’t mean financial ruin and family turmoil. There is a better way.

JOYN, Atlanta’s Behavioral Wealth Management firm, developed this workshop after realizing that the meager existing research, information and caregiver support fails to address numerous issues. “Seasons of Care” uses a multi-faceted framework that focuses on the financial, relational, personal, and logistical challenges caregivers and families face. Caring for an elderly parent or spouse can drain family finances OR be planned for in advance. Caregiver challenges can damage family relationships OR strengthen family ties for generations. Caregiving can be a time of great stress, fear and regret OR it can be a time of love, compassion and respect.

The workshop is led by Susan Davis, whose personal caregiver journey will resonate with families struggling with these issues. Participants will receive a “caregiver toolkit” full of resources, to-do lists, priorities, tips, and other materials to help navigate pressing issues and questions. JOYN dedicated two years to creating and curating these valuable resources for Atlanta.

To learn more about the workshop, visit Seasons of Care.

To schedule interviews with JOYN, contact lynnharrismedcalf@gmail.com.

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Established in 1991, JOYN is a leading registered investment advisory (RIA) firm in Atlanta with $1.17 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2016. The first Behavioral Wealth Management firm in the U.S., JOYN has invested 15 years building expertise in behavioral science and applying it to wealth management and human decision-making. The firm’s goal is to help clients make better decisions and use their wealth to create more meaningful, joyful lives.

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