The Caregiver Community
No matter where you live or work, the world’s population is rapidly aging. In the United States alone, there are nearly 60 million adults age 60 and older – 18 percent of the nation’s population. Globally, these numbers are projected to rise dramatically over the next 20 years. We are living longer - largely as a result of advances in healthcare - and this is wonderful news, of course! However, our aging population is also creating historically unique challenges to families, the workforce, our medical and health care systems, and our caregiving culture. Adult-child caregivers, the majority of whom are working-age adults are hit especially hard by these challenges.
Join Jane Everson and Frances Hall, two adult-child caregivers, along with their guests, as they attempt to navigate the frequently mysterious, sometimes frightening, and often humorous world of caregiving. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, volunteer activities and parents and in-laws, this show is for you! Founded in 2009 by Frances Hall, ACAP is a thriving business, offering a variety of programs and services to support adult-child caregivers and families of aging parents. ACAP’s mission is “to support adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves.”
Listen to the latest episode below!
Experiencing the joys and challenges as an adult-child of an aging parent, particularly after her then-89-year-old mother moved to North Carolina from her home in Alabama, Frances S. Hall, M.Ed., founded ACAP in 2010 for fellow faculty and staff at a local university, launching the initiative for the Hickory, North Carolina area in 2012. Before stopping work, in part to spend more time with her mother, Frances spent 30+ years in college/university student services, admissions and advancement, as well as church-related and non profit organizational leadership. Frances lives in Morganton, North Carolina, with her husband and enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her mother, husband, step-children and spouses, and adorable grandchildren.
Before joining ACAP in 2013, Jane M. Everson, Ph.D., was a university professor, author, and public speaker for 25 years. Her research focused on education and workforce development for adults, especially those with disabilities. Jane is currently interested in the challenges faced by women, people with disabilities, and other adults as they age and seek work and home balance. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband and provides long-distance support for her mother who lives in the Washington, DC suburbs. In her free time, Jane enjoys exploring vegetarian cooking and spending time with a menagerie of companion animals.