NCC18 Presenter: Penny Patnaude


NCC18 Presenter: Penny Patnaude

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

Diversity & Culture in Caregiving on Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m.
As a population growing older and depending on others for care, whether at home or in a facility we need to understand cultural differences. Just as importantly health care proffesionals need to acknowledge the differnence of their patients. Diversity and culture are important factors that determine the identity of a person. Understanding individuals requires one to look at the whole person, first as an individual, inclluding but not limited to: age, race, religion, sexual preference, marital status, class and ethnicity, these subgroups comprise very complex humans. While the population continues to grows, demographics in the 21st century continue to change.

Together we will explore and identify biases. Understand and examine how to eliminate or lessen negative thoughts about people not like "me". Open lines of communication are needed to create trust and respect between healthcare professionals, families and care recipients.

Can We Really Find Our Best Selves through Self Care? on Saturday, Nov. 10, 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 Penny, Danelle LeBlanc, Lillie Fuller, Lisa B Capp and Penny Patnaude, 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.
Attendees will learn to be aware of inappropriate biases and judgement. Effectively communicating with people from different cultures, especially in times of crisis, is a valuable asset. ~ Penny

Penny is founder of Caregiver Strategist LLC, a company devoted to training front-line health care professionals implement daily best care practices, protection, assistance, acknowledgment and communication techniques for individuals living with cognitive impairments. As a former caregiver with decades of experiences, Penny knows firsthand the devastation diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia cause. Penny provides families with information and strategies to manage: difficult behaviors, crisis planning and creating safer, conducive environments. Penny earned a Masters of Degree with a Concentration in Training and Education; and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Ms. Patnaude is a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT); Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Certified Dementia Support Group Facilitator (CDSGF), and national speaker. For more information visit

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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 ~