NCC19 Presenter: Penny Patnaude

Rachel Hiles

NCC19 Presenter: Penny Patnaude

Rachel Hiles
Photo: Penny Patnaude

Penny Patnaude is Founder of Caregiver Strategist LLC, a New Jersey based consulting and training company with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care training for family caregivers and healthcare providers.

A former caregiver with decades of experiences, Penny knows the devastation cognitive impairment causes. As a child, Penny's family assisted the neighborhood elders, many suffered with ""old timers disease."" Watching her parents, Penny learned patience is a virtue, tenderness and kindness matter most. Those lessons proved valuable when she became a full-time caregiver for her mom, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Ms. Patnaude earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Masters Degree with a Concentration in Training and Education; Penny is a Certified Caregiving Consultant; Certified Dementia Practitioner; Certified Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care Trainer; Certified Dementia Support Group Facilitator; national speaker and author.Penny is an advocate for aging in place, elder care, caregiver support, and board member for Aging in Montclair.

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Join Penny for her presentations during our Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference:

Session #1

Dementia, Caregiving and You
Friday 3 p.m.
Join me to share new ideas and honor the amazing difference we make in the care of a family member with dementia. The progression and behaviors of dementia vary with each person. Behaviors can be challenging to manage while we also cope with our feelings of anger, shame, guilt and embarrassment. The emotional turmoil we experience becomes tedious and tiresome for everyone. I'll share ways to help you receive peace of mind about your strategies and your decisions. I'll help you develop new communication skills to improve relationships while building coping mechanics to release stress and minimize negative behaviors. You'll learn how to add minor modifications in your home to create a dementia-friendly environment. These adjustments can help relieve stress and worry about safety and wondering issues. We'll also talk about how to find the best care facility when caregiving becomes too much to handle at home. I'll offer insights so you can find the best placement for your caree.

Session #2

Complicated Journeys thru Care - with Lisa B Capp
Friday 5 p.m.
The Urban Dictionary tells us a mother is the only woman who still says she loves you, no matter what.
Jim Valvano (basketball coach) once said: My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another, he believed in me. Sara Paretsky (fiction author) reflected: I’m lucky to have found the perfect partner to spend my life with. A recent Pinterest post declares: A child has a special way of adding joy to every day.

But, what if the relationship you share with your loved ones isn’t fairy tale perfect?

What if you become responsible for a person’s care, one who’s shared a complicated relationship with you? What if there are complications between you and another in your circle of care for someone else? What if you start with a strong relationship but the care journey changes how you think, what you feel, how you react and how you ultimately choose to cope?

Storytelling and sharing are powerful tools helping us to understand we’re not alone in our journey. During NCC19 we’ll focus “Our Amazing Difference” on healing power. For perspective we’ll discuss complicated care stories – the good, the bad and the ugly. And we’ll talk without judgment about how we tread water, overcome struggle and ultimately break through pain when caring for another in a complicated relationship.

We encourage participants to come into this session with a single image (using words or pictures) of a complicated care relationship they may currently have or have had. We’ll share tools and resources available to embrace our difference in dealing complicated relationships using a focus on self-health, spiritually and coping techniques centered on mindfulness.





We are so very grateful for the support of the following sponsors of our National Caregiving Conference,
especially Embracing Carers™, this year's supporting sponsor:

~ NCC19 AgendaNCC19 Virtual Registration ~ NCC19 In-Person Registration (Chicago) ~
~ Hotel Reservations ~ NCC19 Volunteer Registration ~ Sponsor or Exhibit ~ Testimonials ~ Virtual Caregiving Summit ~