NCC18 Presenter: Lisa B Capp


NCC18 Presenter: Lisa B Capp

Join Lisa for her presentation and panel discussion during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:

Caregivers - The New Agents of Change: Super Powers That can Redefine our Role on Friday at 10 a.m.
What concepts come to mind defining you in a Caregiving Role? Do the words/concepts you think of first enable you or paralyze you? When your day is filled with the challenging tasks associated with caregiving, how can you possibly feel empowered by your work or take a moment to think about what you as a caregiver may need? Self Care is a vague concept in the wee hours of mid-late stage illness. Survival is a more common emotional reaction. Those currently on the caregiving journey find it difficult to see past their current chaos, to find the humor in their situation or to just take time for themselves - of course, their energy is focused on their loved one! Although caregiving is completely consuming, Caregivers (by definition) possess Super Powers used everyday in the work to support their loved one. Could these Super Powers be turned inward, as a foundation of self care, if we only view them through a different lens? By contrasting the concepts of Caregiving Success vs Failure, Hope vs Pessimism and Courage vs Fear we can empower ourselves as well as the loved one in our care. Aren't we worth a little care, too?

Can We Really Find Our Best Selves through Self Care? on Saturday at 4 p.m.
As caregivers by definition we experience both honor and pain in supporting a loved one through decline and ultimate death. The explosion of conflicting emotions can be overwhelming and at the same time fulfilling. How do we reconcile complexity like this in our caregiving role? There is no "one size fits all self care," given the care journey spans a broad continuum of emotion and reaction: from detection, to diagnosis, through early-mid-late stage illness, loss, grief, understanding and ultimate acceptance. Our very diverse panel, which includes Lisa, Lillie Fuller, Penny Patnaude and Dannelle LeBlanc, will present options focused on enabling caregivers across the continuum of care through music, storytelling, meditation and relaxation. We'll take a journey together through perpetual presence and evolution in our caregiving role. How's that sound as a way to close your second day of NCC18 attendance? Some attendees will leave Chicago as winners of awesome Caregiving Baskets, goodies to aid in your role as a full or part time caregiver when you return to your loved ones after the conference.

Lisa is a writer, an activist and a dementia caregiving survivor. She shared an 18-year dementia journey with her mother which slowly and systematically consumed their lives. Professionally Lisa has traveled the globe as a High Tech Organizational Change Consultant working with senior leaders of business, governments and non-profits focused on transforming their business models, organizational structures and results.

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We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:

~ AARP ~

~ Seniors BlueBook ~ Seniorlink ~ Henry Ford Health System CARE Program ~

~ Society of Certified Senior Advisors ~ Mindlight ~