Feb. 5: Caregiving, a Six-Act, 24-Minute Performance


Feb. 5: Caregiving, a Six-Act, 24-Minute Performance

Join me on Sunday, February 5, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, Noon PT), for a live broadcast of a very special event: Caregiving, a Six-Act, 24-Minute Performance.

Six family caregivers will each tell a four-minute story which reflects a stage of the caregiving experience. (We're using The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey as our guide.)

Performing on February 5 will be:

Andrew Koch, The Expectant Caregiver
Tami Neumann, The Freshman Caregiver
Carolyn Grant, The Entrenched Caregiver
Lisa Riggi, The Pragmatic Caregiver
Abby Kass, The Transitioning Caregiver
Colleen Kavanaugh, The Godspeed Caregiver

To watch the live event, just visit Caregiving, a Six-Act, 24-Minute Performance, on Sunday, February 5, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, Noon PT). Our event will be archived in case you miss the live event. Register at the bottom of this page to receive a reminder to watch our live event as well as to receive a link to the archive.

About our story-tellers:

Andrew has been a CNA (Certified Nursing Aide) for five years. He has three years of research, development and course instruction for in-home care organization. During the past five years, he has volunteered for a number of organizations including Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, Harbor Light Hospice, and Unity Hospice. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University in 2014. Listen to Andrew’s webinar, Mindfulness Based Dementia Care, and read his blog on Caregiving.com.

As the Chief Operations Officer of Silver Dawn Training Institute, Tami believes in taking the unconventional steps needed to create a change in culture that the aging community is in desperate need of.  This is reflected in the Dementia RAW Workshops, CDCS Certification Program and the Dinner Series in which they talk openly and honestly about Death, Dying & Aging, and Sexuality. Tami is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Caregiving Consultant, and completed all coursework in Nursing Home Administration while spending over 20 years in the Aging Industry.  Over the past 4 years she has hosted the Wego Award Nominated podcast, Conversations In Care and compiled a book based on the conversations she has had on her podcast. Currently, she studies improv under the direction of Antoine McKay and sits on the board of The Center for Family Caregivers.

We don’t know what we don’t know is one of Carolyn‘s favorite adages. Her clients benefit from what she knows about caring for aging parents and family members. She gained the knowledge over a 10-year period helping her aunt and her parents learn, plan, adapt, cope and accept medical diagnosis and living with disease. She understands the struggle of worrying, fulfilling needs for sick family members while simultaneously balancing the needs of your own family. Caregiving can feel isolating at times and putting others needs before oneself is taxing. As one of her clients said, “Our weekly talks are a gift I give myself.”

Through her caregiving consulting business, The Serene Harbor, Lisa offers individuals a place of peace and safety as they navigate their caregiving journey. Lisa was raised in a caregiving home since birth. Her grandmother lived with her parents since their wedding and she witnessed them care for several family members either in their home or at a facility. Lisa’s parents became her carees in 2006 when they moved in with Lisa and her family. Lisa’s dad, who passed away on Veterans Day 2014, was a proud Air Force World War II and Korean War Veteran. Lisa has a passion for giving back to those who served and to the families that sacrificed to protect our country. She wants to help veterans and their families in caregiving situations. Besides her mother, Lisa currently cares for her 17- year old son (who has Type 1 diabetes) and a 12-year-old son with the help of her husband. Their therapy dog, a shih tzu, is appropriately called “Sir Sleeps a Lot.”

Abby spent six years as the caregiver for her husband, Ben. Ben had ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease and he passed away in August 2015 after a very brave 6-year battle. During that time, she also was the primary caregiver for her father, Jacob, who had prostate cancer and passed away in February 2014. You can learn more about Abby on her website, Pixie Dust for Caregivers.

Colleen brings her decade of family caregiving experience and training to empower and uplift family caregivers step-by-step. While caring for her mother with cancer and father with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, working and raising a family, she could never imagine seeing the other side of life after caregiving. Her feeling of isolation and the lack of understanding from others who were not in her situation have called her to help current family caregivers from feeling the same things. Colleen works with clients to create proactive strategies that encourage thriving within the demanding caregiving role. Colleen is also one of our Volunteer Caregiving Researchers. Be sure to watch Colleen’s free webinar, THE DREAM TEAM: Creating a Team for a Successful Caregiving Season. Visit Colleen’s website, The Longest Dance, to learn more about Colleen.
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