Caregiver stress to be topic of May 17 military program webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contacts: Andy Crocker, 806-677-5600, abcrocker@ag.tamu.edu
Rachel Brauner, 979-845-1553, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – “Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About It,” will be this month’s topic of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Military Program webinar on May 17.

The one-hour webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to anyone interested, but registration is required, said Andrew Crocker, AgriLife Extension program specialist in gerontology and health, Amarillo.

May is Month of the Military Caregiver. This training session will address family caregiving: it’s role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person, said Rachel Brauner, program coordinator with the agency’s Texas Military Program in College Station.

“Data from a study on a stress management program for military family caregivers will supplement the description of an archetypical military family caregiver,” Brauner said. “The conclusion of the program will cover how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers.”

The presenter will be Dr. Denise Miner-Williams, who brings 39 years of nursing experience. Professionally, Miner-Williams is an adjunct associate professor with University of Health Sciences San Antonio medical school, a retired Army Nurse Corps

officer and active as an Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator and with ABODE Contemplative Home for the Dying.

For more than 10 years she worked with family caregivers with the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers in San Antonio. She also understands the role of family caregiver having had a daughter with dual diagnosis, Brauner said.

This and other webinars are offered through AgriLife Extension’s Military Program to provide professional development and interactive resources for those who may not be able to leave their homes for training, Crocker said.

The Military Families Learning Network Military Caregiving concentration will apply for continuing education credit from the University of Texas School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Certificates of completion will also be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.

To join the session or for more information go to: https://learn.extension.org/events/3060.

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