NCC16: Coping on Difficult Days


NCC16: Coping on Difficult Days

When the day feels too much and too long and too hard, how do we cope? Our panelists at the National Caregiving Conference on December 3 offer their solutions to get to tomorrow.

Moderator: Liz O’Donnell

Panelists: Bruce McIntyre, Elizabeth Miller, Amy Goyer, Michelle Seitzer

Our Panel

  • Amy has been a family caregiver my entire adult life – first for her grandparents, then her parents and her sister. She has been working in the field of aging for 35 years. She has a degree in Music Therapy and worked at the local level in adult day care and nursing homes for many years, then for the Ohio Department of Aging and then for AARP in Washington, DC. She is now a consultant, author and speaker and serves as a caregiving expert for AARP and work with other clients on caregiving issues. Her book, “Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving” outlines practical tips for caregivers as well as anecdotes from her personal caregiving journey and from other family caregivers.

  • Bruce, Executive Director of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, is the author of Parkinson Positive, Graceful Transitions, and Resilient Life. Bruce shares his expert guidance and warm humor with thousands of people each year. As a caregiver for his wife for the past 12 years, Bruce understands the world of chronic illness and caregiving. He has led the Caregiver Fundamentals Project in Oklahoma City and served caregivers as a business, church, and non-profit leader. You can learn more about him at

  • Elizabeth, a full-time working mom of two, has helped care for her father, her mother-in-law and brother. She currently cares long-distance for her mother. Throughout her caregiving experience, she realized the importance of taking care of her own health so that she can better care for others. In February 2015, she created her blog called (formerly Savvy Sandwicher) to help other overwhelmed caregivers create balance to become happier and healthier. She writes about systems that work for me, staying positive, incorporating humor and music, asking for help, meditation, healthy and quick snack and meal options, and finding sneaky ways to fit in fitness.

  • Liz is the founder of Working Daughter, a website for women balancing career and caregiving, something she tries to do everyday. Liz runs the East Coast operations of a PR firm and cares for her 90-year-old father. She is also a working mother — she has a middle schooler and a high schooler at home — and is the author of the book Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman.

Thanks so much to our sponsors for making our First Annual National Caregiving Conference possible:

Eli Lilly
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ~ Seniorlink
Right at HomeCareZips® ~ Great Lakes Clinical Trials
eCareDiary ~ BrightStar Care ~ NorthShore Care Supply
Seniors Blue Book

Save the date! Join us for the Second Annual National Caregiving Conference on November 10 and 11 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 W. Higgins in Chicago. Want to stay up-to-date on announcements about contests, our call for presentations and when registration opens? Subscribe to our email list, below, to receive regular updates.

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