NCC18 Presenter: Pam Brandon


NCC18 Presenter: Pam Brandon

Join Pam for the following sessions during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:

Dementia Live® on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. through Noon
Dementia Live® is an unforgettable experience that immerses participants into what life might be like living with cognitive impairment and sensory change. Utilizing specialized gear that simulates dementia specific changes, care partners gain a first- hand understanding of the anxiety, frustration, confusion and more that accompanies dementia symptoms. Dementia Live uniquely walks participants from the “AHA” moment to empowering care partners with tools to improve communication, care processes and to make positive environmental changes for their loved ones. After experiencing life with dementia, participants will cultivate a deeper sense of empathy, understanding and these together will lead to more sensitive care partnering. You will not want to miss this enlightening experience!

Compassionate Touch® … Because touch is good medicine on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 p.m. through 4 p.m.
Experience what simple touch techniques can do to provide a means to engage with loved ones. These incredible tools will provide families a new way to calm, connect and comfort a loved one, and reduce care partner stress. Your Compassionate Touch experience will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time, knowing you will have a simple, effective way to deepen your engagement with your care partner, and bring a wonderful gift to both of you that offers a newer way of relating to one another. Compassionate Touch goes beyond mechanical touch, by offering proven techniques that will enrich another person’s life physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Pam Brandon, President and Founder of AGE-u-cate® Training Institute, is a passionate advocate for older adults and those who serve them. Pam is the creator of the internationally recognized Dementia Live® simulation experience, and worked with expert Ann Catlin, OT, on the development of Compassionate Touch®, a skilled touch program for family and professional caregivers. Pam's journey began over 25 years ago with her own aging parents. Armed with limited knowledge, but lots of love, she walked alongside them through the challenges of growing older, chronic illness, difficult decision-making, changing family dynamics and the heart-wrenching emotions of loss and grief, guilt and profound sadness that come with caregiving. This journey prepared her to move on to develop and deliver family caregiver education programs in collaboration with the Area Agencies on Aging of North Central, Dallas and Tarrant Counties in Texas. Through this project, she worked with thousands of family and professional caregivers, and hundreds of organizations. Her “on the job” training of her personal walk gave her insight, empathy, and compassion for aging adults and the role that each and every family member plays in caring for a loved one. Pam believes every caregiver can meet the challenges of caring for a loved one with enough education, support, tools, and resources. While she knows it’s one of the most difficult of life’s journeys, she also wants others to know she was immensely blessed in so many ways, and she wants others to be as well. The precious time with her parents, and the wisdom she gained about life, love and letting go is a forever gift. Pam is honored to meet other caregivers at this wonderful conference and share impactful tools that will help caregivers better understand their loved ones, and build stronger and more meaningful relationships.

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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 ~