Up to 90% of older adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. This session addresses the importance of a trauma-informed care framework to create a community environment that understands, recognizes, and responds to the effect of the experience of trauma in older adults.
Eligible for 1 CEU with live participation
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Understand the prevalence of trauma among older adults.
2) Describe the basic tenants of trauma-informed care, its importance, and common triggers.
3) Identify how individuals in various settings and levels have a role to play in trauma-informed care.
Lily Liu is a family caregiver for her mother who has had Parkinson's Disease for almost four decades and is now living with early-stage dementia. Her parents were refugees escaping the civil war in China in the late 1940s and spent almost five years in a refugee camp in French Indochina (now Vietnam) in the early 1950s. Lily immigrated from Taiwan as a child and grew up on the East Coast of the United States. Her career was spent in the non-profit sector in the field of strategic communications and public outreach. After the death of her father, Lily took a hiatus from the workplace to care for her mother. She currently engages in consulting work, in particular, delivering speeches about empowering family caregivers at community-education events. Lily is fluent in speaking Mandarin Chinese and highlights in her presentations the challenges experienced by immigrant family caregivers who face issues of generational trauma in addition to caregiving responsibilities. Her hobby is literary translation and her translations of the essays of contemporary Chinese women writers have been published in the United States and Asia.
Lisa Brown, Ph.D., ABPP
Palo Alto University
Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor, Director of the Trauma Program at Palo Alto University and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical and research focus is on trauma, resilience, and aging. Dr. Brown has considerable experience collaborating with state, national and international organizations. She is actively involved in developing and evaluating programs used nationally and internationally, drafting recommendations aimed at protecting vulnerable individuals and communities, and improving access to resources and services.
Leah Bergen Miller
Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma
Leah Bergen Miller is the Associate Director at the Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma. She manages all JFNA-funded programs and technical support, as well as builds the national capacity to provide person-centered, trauma-informed care for Holocaust survivors, diverse older adults with a history of trauma, and family caregivers. From 2000 to 2015, she dedicated herself to improving the lives of refugees and internally displaced people by working as an advocate and program manager for refugees and asylees at HIAS, which aided her Holocaust survivor grandparents; a case worker for refugees at Church World Service-Joint Voluntary Agency in Nairobi, Kenya; an employment case manager for refugees and asylees at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area in the Metro Washington area; a GED instructor for immigrants at Centro Hispano in Milwaukee, WI; and a disaster action team volunteer for internally displaced people at the American Red Cross in Arlington, VA. Before graduating from American University’s School of International Service with a BA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Leah processed asylum applications at US Citizen and Immigration Services’ Arlington Asylum Office.
Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP (Moderator)
E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging
Dr. Erin Emery-Tiburcio is an Associate Professor of Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology and Geriatric Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, as well as Co-Director of the Rush Center for Excellence in Aging (aging.rush.edu). She is past-Chair of American Psychological Association Committee on Aging, and past-President of the Society for Clinical Geropsychology. Dr. Emery-Tiburcio is Co-Director of CATCH-ON, the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program based at Rush University Medical Center (www.catch-on.org). Dr. Emery-Tiburcio also co-directs the brand new Engage, Educate, Empower for Equity: E4, The Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging at Rush (www.e4center.org).