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Supporting Caregivers During Difficult Times

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2020)  Many members of the University of Kentucky community are faced with the important responsibility of providing support and care to an elderly loved one. Whether we’re working remotely during a pandemic or working on campus during our regular lives, support for caregivers is crucial. Now, more than ever, we are a family.  

One of the most important things UK community members can offer each other is guidance. For assistance with elder care, UK employees have access to elder care resources through UK HR Work-Life. 

May is Older Americans Month. For 2020, the Administration for Community Living selected a “Make Your Mark” theme in order to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. This month, UK employees can take part in Older Americans Month by connecting with UK Elder Care through two events geared toward caregivers: 

Elder Care Caregivers Support Group  “Staying Together”  noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 

Elder Care Lunch & Learn  “Forgetfulness: What is Normal Aging and What Isn’t?”  12:10–12:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 19

Caregivers who are seeking more assistance can access UK Elder Care’s 6 Tenets of Self-Care handout. Those in need of more information can visit the UK Elder Care website or contact Terri Weber at terriweber@uky.edu

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.