NCC16: Preparing for Your Future


NCC16: Preparing for Your Future

During this discussion at the National Caregiving Conference on December 3, our panel discussed why it feels so odd to think about your own future during caregiving. Our presenters will share how they prepared for and prepare for their futures. What are their hopes and dreams for themselves? How does their caregiving experience change their goals for their own future? What do they now want to achieve because of what they experienced during caregiving?

Moderator: Tami Neumann

Panelists: GeVonna Fassett, Leslie Cottrell Simonds, Michelle Seitzer

Our Panel

  • GeVonna is a former media personality and creative entrepreneur who has now taken on the most important job of her life, that of a full-time caregiver to her mother, Olivia, who has Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, she is now an advocate for caregivers and Alzheimer’s Awareness in the African American community. She also participates in and helps to organize caregiver support groups.

  • Leslie, a Certified Caregiving Consultant, brings a variety of experiences to her work with family caregivers, including producing events for up to 20,000 people for a nationwide events company and managing boutique hotels. She also was an EMT. Leslie has trained as a death doula and has extensive experience as a family caregiver, including currently caring for her mother. She is certified with the American Alzheimer’s Association and is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in funerals and memorials. Leslie is the author of I Want You to Know.

  • Michelle has worked in elder care for 20 years, but her compassion for elders started even earlierthrough a foundational relationship with her maternal grandparents. After a decade of working in senior living communities and serving as a policy director for the Alzheimer’s Association, she became a freelance writer and editor focusing on elder care content in 2008. In 2010, she and Denise Brown of co-founded #ElderCareChat on Twitter, which Michelle currently moderates twice-monthly. She has reviewed grants for the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program and was the lead writer for the 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease International report on Dementia Friendly Communities around the world. Michelle served as a long-distance caregiver for her grandfather before he died of Alzheimer’s in 2009. She now cares for her daughter with special needs, and she assists in care for her grandmother, who resides in a personal care home. Michelle and her family reside in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

  • Tami, Chief Operations Officer of Silver Dawn Training Institute, is passionate about creating a community that is connected and informed. Curating conferences and creating dynamic educational content that provide the community a welcoming place to learn and grow is not only important to Tami, she feels this is paramount to creating a culture shift in the aging space. Tami is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and has spent over 20 years in the Aging Industry. Over the past three years she has hosted the Wego Award Nominated podcast, Conversations In Care. In her free time you will find her advocating for people with Type 1 Diabetes and developing her skills in improv.

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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