Role Reversal
The Myths and Realities of Caring for the Elderly

Sandra W. Haymon, Ph.D. – Presenter

Don’t wait until an emergency room physician tells you that your elderly loved one can no longer live alone. Information and preparation are key elements in avoiding accidents, planning appropriate care and ensuring your loved ones are safe and secure. This presentation addresses the physical, emotional, and practical issues of caring for elderly loved ones. Using her Red Flag Checklist, Dr. Haymon teaches caregivers how to determine their elderly loved ones’ true level of functioning and the appropriate level of care needed. She also discusses the pros and cons of various care options. She offers solutions to common problems associated with caregiving-from the perspective of the caregiver as well as the elderly person being cared for.

Participants will learn:

  • How to confront common myths and denial mechanisms about elderly loved ones’ ability to care for themselves
  • How to determine a loved one’s true level of functioning and choose appropriate care
  • The pros and cons of various living arrangements and care options
  • How to decode the “alphabet soup” of acronyms used by medical and legal professionals
  • The pros and cons of numerous Medical choices and legal Advance Directives to ensure last wishes are honored
  • How to have difficult conversations related to life-changing decisions
  • Ways to get off the emotional roller coaster common to caregivers
  • How to integrate the demands of caregiving with other life responsibilities
  • How to take care of oneself while caring for others
  • How to be supportive and reassuring when dealing with emotional issues and end-of-life concerns
  • How to say goodbye before and after the death of a loved one.


Who Should Attend: Everyone who is presently a caregiver, will ever be a caregiver, or may ever need a caregiver, friends and family members of caregivers as well as elderly individuals presently being taken care of.

Format: Presentation followed by a Question and Answer period

Length: 1 hour

Presentation materials are available for Continuing Education Credits.