THE BLACK WOMEN'S AGENDA, INC. & AARP HOST "BECAUSE WE CARE"
A FREE, INFORMATIONAL FORUM FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CAREGIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to provide African-American family caregivers with the critical support and information they need, The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. (BWA) and AARP have partnered to launch "Because We Care" - a series of free forums designed to provide Black women and their families with the resources and tools that will enable them to take better care of their loved ones and themselves. The first forum took place in New York City on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Additional forums are scheduled for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, OH, Detroit, Durham, Houston, Indianapolis, Jackson, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Oakland and Washington, DC.
Approximately 65.7 million people - roughly one-third of the U.S. adult population - are providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. More than half of African-American caregivers find themselves "sandwiched" between caring for an older person, and a person under age 18, or caring for more than one older person. In addition, 66 percent of African-American caregivers are employed, either full or part-time. 
During interactive panel discussions, health, financial and legal experts will share caregiving resources, discuss how to prepare for family caregiving, and talk about how to protect your mental and physical health while caring for a loved one. They will also address questions and concerns raised by more than forum attendees.
For additional information as to forum dates and to register, please call 1-888-902-3011 x.9560 or log on http://www.sendrsvp.com/bwa.
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 The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009), Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving. Washington, DC.] Updated: November 2012