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Compassion Fatigue: Helping Ourselves to Help Others

In this training, presented by Dr. Sheri Gibson, professionals will learn the distinct differences between sympathy, empathy, and compassion; as well as the differences between compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma. Training attendees will learn the external and internal factors that increase one’s risk for compassion fatigue and the common associated warning signs. Dr. Gibson will share formal measures used to assess compassion fatigue among caregivers and professionals within organizations and agencies and offer tips for prevention including self-awareness, self-care, and self-regulation techniques toward the goal of better serving our aging community members and their families.

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Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Reserve one day for yourself and do what you want. You can do this by taking your loved one to an adult day care or asking someone you trust to stay with them. Take care of your mental and physical health. Get regular checkups, cook healthy meals, get enough sleep. Find support opportunities to help you feel less alone, to vent, and listen to other caregivers experiences. Support can be found in churches, community agencies providing services, support hotlines and groups.

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