Every day, about 38-million people nationwide perform a great labor of love as a family caregiver: caring for parents, spouses, adult children with disabilities, friends and other loved ones. Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles we are likely to play in our lifetime. However, the emotional and physical tolls of caregiving can be profound. Higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are common among those who care for an older relative or friend, and studies show caregivers who experience chronic stress may be at a greater risk of experiencing their own cognitive and physical decline.
To help support caregivers take care of their health and well-being, AARP Washington, BECU, and KING 5 invite you to a free event on March 19 with NBC News/MSNBC Anchor Richard Lui and Dr. Kate Zhong, geriatric psychiatrist and founder of the Brainnovation Initiative at UNLV.
Hear about Richard’s own caregiving experience as he took time away from his TV job to care for his father as he lived with Alzheimer’s, as seen in the new movie Unconditional screened at the White House, United Nations, and U.S. Capitol. We’ll explore how others can prepare themselves for caregiving, and examine what roles gender stereotypes, technology, family conflict, and more play in how we care for our loved ones.
Dr. Zhong will help us recognize how caregiving can impact our own mental health, and provide tips and tools for how caregivers can boost their brain health and reduce the risk of memory loss.
Host of KING 5’s Evening, Jim Dever, will moderate a discussion with a chance for you to ask your own questions of our presenters. Information about local community resources and services will also be available.
Richard Lui’s career in news, business, media, technology, and community spans over 25 years, including as a news anchor for MSNBC, NBC News, and CNN Worldwide. Richard is an AARP Caregiving Champion, Alzheimer’s Association Celebrity Champion, and BrightFocus Foundation Ambassador. His award-winning film, Unconditional profiles three families at the intersection of mental health and caregiving, including his own father.
Dr. Kate Zhong is a geriatric psychiatrist, pharmacologist, and a trailblazer in Alzheimer’s and brain health research. She is the Director of Innovation at Chamber’s Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Brain Health, School of Integrated Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also a founding member of the AARP Global Council on Brain Health.
Jim Dever is the smartest and best-looking member of the KING 5 staff. He is also one of few who wrote their own bios. Jim has worked at WCOJ, WTAJ, WJAC, KDKA, KPIX and other assorted letters of the alphabet. But mostly, he has worked as a reporter, host and producer at KING 5 Evening, where he has earned 18 Emmys, an Iris, two Gumbys and a Pokie. Future goals include colonizing Mars and learning to speak French, but only the verbs. Dever rhymes with ‘whatever’.
Doors open at 6:00pm and light refreshments will be served.
Presented by AARP Washington, BECU, and KING 5. If you have questions about the event, please contact AARP Washington directly at (877) 926-8300.