Caregiver Conference at USC-VHH Draws 200

More than 200 people attended the Caregiver Action Network event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital last weekend.
The Washington, D.C.-based Caregiver Action Network hosted the workshop as it has across in locations across the United States over the past few months in order to help family caregivers make medical decisions in tandem with health care providers.
Mark Gibbons, senior director of external programs for the Caregiver Action Network, opened the day’s session with a quote from Roslyn Carter: “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”
“I’m here today to hopefully get some tips,” Jim Cohen, a local resident and stage IV cancer survivor who attended, said. “As someone who relies on caregivers, I’m interested to know if there’s some sort of guide that helps caregivers navigate all the resources available to those they are caring for. Caregivers often times need to be advocates, and it would be helpful for them if there was some kind of ‘manual’ of sorts about how to go about doing that.”
Luke Jackson, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s director of geriatric psychiatry, said he was happy to host the event.
“I’m pleased to be able to host this event and to work collaboratively with CAN to provide very important information and resources to the members of our community,” Jackson said.

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