Congrats to our Certified Caregiving Educators!


Congrats to our Certified Caregiving Educators!

On March 30, three Certified Caregiving Consultants gathered in Chicago to further their training and become Certified Caregiving Educators (CCEs). The three  CCCs and CCEs are pictured from left to right are Diane Glittenberg, Sarahbeth Persiani, me and Christopher-Charles Chaney.

Meet are CCEs:

Christopher-Charles Chaney
After 20 years of executive management and one brutal downsizing with his federal employer, Christopher-Charles Chaney decided to retire early and take on the most challenging yet rewarding executive management role in his life -- caregiving for his mother.

His book, Mama Peaches and Me!: Wit and Wisdom for Worn-Out Caregivers, actually started with a single Facebook posting about Chaney’s humorous mother. Weeks later, Facebook fans couldn’t get enough of the Mama Peaches stories. Almost a year later, Christopher-Charles Chaney has honored the repeated requests of social media audiences to write the first Mama Peaches book. One Facebook posting that was meant to relieve stress has manifested into a book series concept designed to help the more than 35 million family caregivers of an aging parent find humor and comfort in stressful caregiving situations.

In additional to the Mama Peaches book, Chaney is also the author of the popular-selling Breaking the Healing Code. Chaney is a National Caregivers Advocate, award-winning public-speaking champion, and a published “authorpreneur" who is currently working on the Mama Peaches sequels which are due in 2017 and 2018.As an active member of the National Family Caregivers Support Program and the Tennessee Federation of Aging, Christopher-Charles enjoys connecting with other caregivers and the community to address the needs of our growing elderly population. He has Masters of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Christopher-Charles and his family currently resides in Tennessee.

Watch Christopher's webinar, An Army of One and visit his website for more information about his work. You also can send a note of congratulations through his profile page: @authorchristopher.

Diane Glittenberg
Diane studied vocal music at the University of Illinois and continues to sing in her church choir and at other events. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Caregiving Consultant. She cared for her father, who had dementia, and currently cares of her mother who has Lewy Body Dementia. After losing her position as a manager at a jewelry store, she decided to take a different direction for her career. In addition to caring for her mom, she works for Comfort Keepers and help other family members take care of their moms, dads, and children. This has been the most rewarding career choice she has ever made. She looked for ways to bring comfort to her mother and began looking into music and how it would help. She hopes to be able to help other caregivers to create personalized music playlists for their carees and for themselves.

Watch Diane's webinar, Personalized Music: A Powerful form of Therapy for Persons with Dementia, and listen to her share her story on a recent episode of Your Caregiving Journey, our Internet talk show. You also can send a note of congratulations through her profile page: @didi.

Sarahbeth Persiani
Sarahbeth Persiani from We Are Sharing the is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Certified Family Caregiving Educator who helps companies retain and develop their talent by addressing today’s modern work-life balance issues. With a Learning and Development background and 20+ years working in corporate universities and academic, she uses lessons learned during an intense five-year period of juggling family, career and elder caregiving responsibilities to be a champion for those doing the same. She offers services such as penning joint articles and custom workshops while putting the final touches on a book--Run, Walk, Crawl--Caught between Generations, reflecting her experiences as a member of the Sandwich Generation. You can send a note of congratulations through her profile page: @sarahbeth.

As CCEs, these students can now offer “The Caregiving Years” presentation as a keynote, a two-part workshop or a three-part series in their communities (including at their library, to local employers and at caregiving events). The students also will become a part of our soon-to-launch Caregiving Speaker’s Bureau.

Thanks so much to Diane, Sarahbeth and Christopher for making our day together such a wonderful experience. I will keep you posted on all they do!

(Want to become a Certified Caregiving Educator? The first step is completing our Certified Caregiving Consultant training program. Once you complete the CCC training, you are eligible to take our next Certified Caregiving Educator training program. Stay tuned for details.)

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