Cabinet Secretary To Address Issues Surrounding Employees Caring For Aging Family Members

New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland.


New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland will be the presenter at the Chamber Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 in Room 230, Building 2, at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

Secretary Copeland will be addressing a critical issue for business owners, managers and human resource personnel – employees who are distracted by the demands of also being a caregiver for an aging family member.

Employers across the state are faced with employees whose responsibilities are split between work and caring for aging family members. The newly-published New Mexico State Plan for Family Caregivers details issues and solutions related to the 419,000 people in the state who provide unpaid care to loved ones each year. The plan highlights implications of this issue for employers, as well as strategies for, and benefits of, supportiing employees who are family caregivers.

In his role as cabinet secretary, Copeland is responsible for leading the department, which offers adult protective services, connects consumers with resources for elders, people with disabilities and their caregivers, and provides funding and technical assistance for statewide senior services, including meals, transportation, health promotion and caregiver support. Prior to his designation as Cabinet Secretary in July, 2015, he spent two years as the department’s Deputy Secretary. Copeland came to the Department from the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter, where he managed the Veterans Savvy Caregiver support program, as well as legislative advocacy, volunteer and public awareness efforts. He holds a MBA from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Whittier College in Whittier, Calif.

Chamber members can register for Copeland’s talk using their username and password on the events page of the chamber website.