Caregiver Action Network Announces Caregiver Lunch & Learn Series: Shared Decision Making for Family Caregivers for Little Rock Residents

Washington, DC (August 2017) – Caregiver Action Network (CAN) will conduct a Lunch & Learn workshop entitled “Family Caregivers Matter: Shared Decision Making for Family Caregivers.” This workshop is free to all family caregivers and will be conducted on September 9, 2017 at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging in the Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Little Rock, Arkansas. “CAN believes that family caregivers are one of the most important missing pieces in current efforts to maximize patient-centered outcomes, and that they should be made a primary focus of training efforts, because family caregivers matter,” said John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of CAN.

During this 4-hour workshop, the 100 attendees will learn about caregiving tools, creating patient and family centered goals, and shared decision-making. “Our instruction is engaging and. Participants can talk about their situations and role play about caregiving situations,” said Mark Gibbons, Senior Director of External Programs and primary instructor.

CAN is collaborating with several organizations in the Little Rock community to bring this training to the deserving local family caregivers. Partners include UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Arkansas, and ElderStay@home.

This is the second of seven workshops being presented across the country with support from a Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For more information on the event or to register, please contact Mark Gibbons ( at 202-454-3969 or visit

About CAN

Caregiver Action Network ( is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN reaches caregivers on multiple platforms. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.