Editorial: A collaborative UW student endeavor helps empower caregivers

Editorial Agenda 2020 Shared Concerns Equal Opportunity

MADISON, Wis. — When we talk about equal opportunity we’re talking about accessibility, of opportunity, and of sharing in the quality of life. Barriers to both can often be exacerbated by disabilities, but in the vast majority if not all of those cases those barriers can be removed.

The UW Madison School of Pharmacy is taking an innovative and forward-thinking approach to this issue with a student-led program to train caregivers for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

These caregivers are among the one in five adults in the United States providing unpaid assistance to an older adult. Many times these caregivers have no training and are unprepared for the challenges they face. The collaborative UW student endeavor helps caregivers take care of their loved ones but also take care of themselves. We love this idea and thanks to the pharmacy students who came up with it.