NCC19 Presenter: Sheila Greuel

Rachel Hiles

NCC19 Presenter: Sheila Greuel

Rachel Hiles
Photo: Sheila Greuel, 2019 National Caregiving Conference PresenterSheila Greuel was first exposed to the importance of respite caregiving when her familiy drove an hour each way to relieve her grandmother on Tuesday nights so she could play bingo. She became a caregiver along with her siblings when her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

Her mother's 15 year struggle with cancer fueled Sheila's passion for caregivers and their complex needs. She was the first Family Caregiver Advisor for 3 rural counties in central Illinois where she implemented the newly developed Family Caregiver Support Program. Ms. Greuel has worked for over 30 years in the field of Aging Services with her greatest passion being for educating the caregiver how to deliver Person Centered Care for the Care Receiver. She is part of a caregiving team with her siblings now for her 81 year old father.

Ms. Greuel has an undergraduate degree in Home Economics in Business and a Master's degree in Gerontology from Eastern Illinois University. She has developed the Senior Support Program which is a counseling program from older adults. She is a Master Trainer in numerous Evidence Based Programs including Powerful Tools For Caregivers, The Savvy Caregiver, PEARLS, Healthy IDEAS and A Matter of Balance.

Join Sheila for her presentation at our Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference:

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now
Saturday 3 p.m.
Caregiving in different seasons of our lives means different challenges, lessons learned and opportunities for growth. Caregiving for our parents, as opposed to caregiving for a friend have very different emotions and challenges to face. Caregiving as a young sandwich caregiver verses and empty nest caregiver also are two very different situations. This presentation will explore and identify the implications of caregiving across the lifespan of the caregiver.

How many of us find ourselves in caregiving situations in different stages of our lives? What worked for us earlier may not work at all now, and there may be resources available to help now that were not available 20-30 years ago. What differences have or are our caregiving experiences made or are making in our lives? How do we use our experience to inform our own lives and lifestyle choices we make?

This interactive, conversational presentation will engage participants to identify what type of caregiver they are now, and what they may want to become. There will be opportunities for brainstorming ideas of resources and solutions to relieve the stress of their situations and identify ways a caregiver makes a difference to their own lives and those of their loved ones and community. This will be an opportunity to share lessons learned and identify the joys of caregiving. Joys that can bring satisfaction for a job well done...or at least a great laugh and be the energy needed to advocate for increasing support for all caregivers.

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 Agenda ~ Meet Our Presenters ~
NCC19 Virtual Registration ~ NCC19 In-Person Registration (Chicago) ~
~ Hotel Reservations ~ NCC19 Volunteer Registration ~ Sponsor or Exhibit ~
~ Testimonials ~ Virtual Caregiving Summit ~