Aging with Disabilities: Caregiver & Family Support Roles

Aging with Disabilities: Caregiver and Family Support Roles’ is the tenth episode in our PCS Caregiving podcast series where we discuss a variety of family caregiver issues and how helping professionals can better serve military families as they PCS from their role as a spouse, friend, partner, or loved one to a caregiver.  

In this episode we continue our conversation on Aging with Disabilities and focus specifically on  the role that caregivers and family support play in caring for not only aging adults, but also individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD). In this episode, Andrew Crocker, Senior Extension Program Specialist in Gerontology and Health at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, discusses differences between caregivers of aging adults and those with IDD and formal and informal assistance. Crocker also offers tips on planning for care recipient’s needs, caregiver identity discrepancy, and strategies to support caregivers and family support providers.

Guest Bio 

Andrew Crocker, M.S. Senior Extension Program Specialist in Gerontology and Health at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. His focus is to support education and outreach regarding the health and well-being of the aging population in the State of Texas. Andy’s main role is to support the County Extension Agents for Family and Community Health (FCH) in their outreach efforts to older adults, caregivers and professionals who serve them. He is part of a national Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) team of faculty from land-grant universities to provide professional development opportunities to military helping professionals.  

Host 

Rachel Brauner, M.Ag., is an Extension Program Specialist in Military Programs at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Her focus is to enhance educational programming for military caregivers through the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) initiative. Rachel works closely with military professionals across the nation in assessing caregiver needs and providing the necessary education and resources to alleviate the stress that comes with caring for individuals with special needs or wounded service members. Rachel is also responsible for providing prevention education for the Joint Base Substance Abuse Program at Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston, Texas.