Virtual Caregiving Summit: Day 5


Virtual Caregiving Summit: Day 5

Panelist from the Advocacy session at last year's conference: Amy Goyer, MaryAnne Sterling, Meagan Bates and Rachel Hiles.

We’d love for you to join us for our Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference, which will happen November 7-10 in Chicago.

To help you join us, we're sponsoring a contest during our Virtual Caregiving Summit, which began on Monday. Watch our daily videos as part of our Summit, post a comment and you'll be entered into a chance to win airfare to Chicago; free conference registration; and three nights at our conference hotel, the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

Today, we introduce you to MaryAnne Sterling and Lisa B Capp.

For a chance to win, watch today's video, below, which features our conversation with MaryAnne and Lisa, who are organizing a special track, Policy & Advocacy for Family Caregivers: Empower. Act. Transform. As they organize sessions for their track, they'd love to know about your pain points; please take a moment to take their survey, NCC19 Track: Policy & Advocacy for Family Caregivers: Empower. Act. Transform. After watching our video, post a comment about what resonated with you about our conversation in our comments section, below.

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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:

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Leverage our real stories/experiences for actionable change! This sounds so well-thought out and passionate! Thank you for your dedication. It goes beyond just caregiving to an individual to beyond community, world! so caregivers are valued in our society! We as caregivers are so invisible when it comes to the policy field! \nI really wish and SUGGEST that the realities of communities of color realities are focused on in this field. This is beyond diversity and inclusion. Please make sure speakers and attendees reflect this demographic! THIS IS FEEDBACK and essential for justice!

Denise your enthusiasm and powerful positive approach to caregiving are inspirational. Mary Anne and Lisa description of their track and their collaborations with conference participants sounds wonderful. Looking forward to connecting with them at the conference.

Lisa B Capp

Thanks for the comments_mysql from those at Joel I just want to say, I couldn't agree with you more. In my years of caregiving I never thought I wanted to be an advocate/activist...because of the politics and bureaucracy! However, after my mom passed I felt an overwhelming responsibility to help make it easier for others who were still on the journey and for those who came after us. I'm still trying to figure it out. I hope you can join us for this track in Chicago because how to empower and engage our caregiving knowledge and expertise through grassroots, local, state or federal efforts in a way that suits us best.... can unite our voices & drive change for all caregivers. Thank you!

Alison van Schie

A great question as to why to get involved with Policy & Advocacy and an invitation for input to effect change... even as a current caregiver there is power.


I have to admit that I have shy'd away from this topic in the past. I've always felt it was too political and bureaucratical but Denise's example was excellent. I will add caree to my vocabulary. Thanks!