Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day/Family Caregivers Mo:
Films The Next Part; Coming Home.

For Veterans Day and Family Caregivers Month, it is a good opportunity to examine research that has studied the effect of caregiving on individuals, recognize out-of-pocket costs incurred by caregivers, and check out resources that can assist social work professionals who work with situations involving caregiving (e.g., older adults, individuals with disabilities). A recent film that shows the stresses on caregivers is The Next Part, in which Kathleen "Kit" Causey cares for her husband, a veteran who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan.

Another film with wounded veterans and their families that was previously featured in the CSWE Film Festival is Coming Home: Families, Courage, and Resilience After Brain Injury (free from the Brain Injury Association of New York State). An article in the summer 2014 issue of the magazine Brain Injury Journey may be of interest to caregivers and helping professionals: "Are We Asking Too Much of Families?" by Marilyn Lash, MSW.

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