(Aug. 28, 2013)--Rep. Sanford Bishop spent a few hours on campus earlier this summer to record a public service announcement for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. 

Sanford Bishop promotes RCI's Operation Family Caregiver with PSA

(Aug. 28, 2013)--Rep. Sanford Bishop spent a few hours on campus earlier this summer to record a public service announcement for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. The two minute video promotes the RCI's innovative program, Operation Family Caregiver.

Designed to help families of returning service members suffering with health issues such as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and physical disability, Operation Family Caregiver is a personalized 4-6 month program offered either in-home, by telephone, or via Skype (depending upon location). This program teaches problem-solving skills that help empower family caregivers to deal more effectively with issues related to caregiving.

To give some perspective, since 2001, 2.5 million soldiers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and one in three soldiers return home with a mental health condition needing treatment.

Operation Family Caregiver has been proven to lower depression, decrease health complaints, and reduce burden and anxiety in family caregivers. Participation in the program is free and completely confidential. No personal or medical information is accessed or shared with others.

The RCI is still accepting referrals for Operation Family Caregiver. For more information, contact Laura J. Bauer, RCI director of national initiatives, by phone at (229) 931-2034 or by email at laura.bauer@gsw.edu. Visit the following link for a program brochure: www.rosalynncarter.org/UserFiles/OFCbrochure.pdf

ABOUT THE RCI: Located in Americus, Ga., the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is a division of Georgia Southwestern State University. The RCI was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the Institute's Board of Directors, to enhance her longstanding commitments to family caregiving and mental health.

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