Visionary Award Nominee: Karen Stobbe-Carter

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Visionary Award Nominee: Karen Stobbe-Carter

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Nominated by: Francis Carter

Tell us about the nominee's caregiving story.
My wife Karen Stobbe was one of the first people (over twenty years ago now) to find the connection between the guidelines of improvisational comedy and caring for those people with dementia. Her father first had the disease and then her mother, and during the progression of Alzheimer's with both of them she began applying what she was doing on stage to caring for them.

Tell us about the support the nominee provides. What makes it innovative? How has the support made caregiving easier or better?
One of the hardest parts of caring for someone with short term memory loss is in trying to establish a connection with them. Their point of view is highly personal and almost inaccessible to the average person. Understanding where they are coming from is really hard. Karen's approach gives caregivers specific techniques that bridge that gap.

How does the nominee inspire others?
Karen has been traveling around the US and Canada giving talks and performances demonstrating how anyone can be a better caregiver and have a more joyful life. She was featured on This American Life (https://www.thisamericanlife.org/532/magic-words/act-two),
Real Simple magazine
(https://www.facebook.com/realsimple/posts/you-may-forget-each-others-names-but-you-made-a-connection-she-says-and-thats-al/10154193548253163/),
and gave a TEDMED talk with me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GciWItvLo_s

Please provide testimonials of family caregivers or former family caregivers who benefit from this support.

Excellent teacher, her life experiences are real and contribute to her ability. I will be using her exercises with my staff and my grandmother. Thank you!
- Conference Attendee & Family Caregiver

We need more real life training. I love these videos and can't wait for more!
- Family Caregiver

Someone can tell me how to do something but it really makes a difference when I see it. And see different ways of doing it. The message that everyone is different and we need to think about the Why someone is acting a certain way is huge for me.
- Family Caregiver

Karen with In the Moment was informative, entertaining and enlightening. Thank you for spreading your message to family members. We need this.
- Conference Attendee & Family Caregiver




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