NC Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon —
Caring for Caregivers: The importance of quality wages for ensuring quality care
Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina is quickly aging. Within 35 years, the population over age 65 is projected to more than double. There is a rapidly growing need for direct care to allow community members to continue living with dignity.
Unfortunately, recruiting and retaining skilled people to do this work is increasingly difficult. Though it includes some of the state’s fastest growing occupations, direct-care work offers some of the lowest wages in the state. As a result, too many home-care workers don’t make enough to afford the basics like groceries, rent and transportation — leading to increased turnover of caregivers and disrupted care for seniors.
So what can be done? Are there public policy changes able to address these problems? And how can grassroots activists get involved?
Join us as we pose these and other questions to a panel of experts that includes state Rep. Yvonne Holley (pictured left) and Allan Freyer, director of the Workers’ Rights Project of the North Carolina Justice Center, as well as directly impacted community members.
The luncheon will also feature a video of remarks President Obama will deliver at the July 13 White House Conference on Aging.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this important and timely subject.
When: Monday, July 20, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
Where: The North Carolina Association of Educators Building, 700 Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Space is limited – pre-registration required.
$10, admission includes a box lunch.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or [email protected]