Save the Date: National Caregiving Conference: Nov. 9 and 10, 2018

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Save the Date: National Caregiving Conference: Nov. 9 and 10, 2018

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A few days ago, I spoke to a colleague, who cared for his parents and currently cares for his daughter, about collaborating on a few projects. Our phone call wasn't about the National Caregiving Conference but my colleague wanted to talk about our last conference, which happened two months earlier. "I've been to a lot of conferences," he said, "but this one is really unique." And, then he shared about the support and camaraderie he experienced and the relationships he formed which he continues to enjoy.

He's looking forward to this year's conference, our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference.

Will you join us, too?

Our conference, which will take place on November 9 and 10 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, 8535 W. Higgins, will bring together those who currently care for a family member and those who previously cared for a family member. In addition, professionals who work with family caregivers and those interested in family caregiver issues will join us.

Our conference is about what caregiving is like for us. The majority of our sessions and panel discussions will be led by current and former family caregivers. We will gather to talk honestly about our experiences and to share solutions and ideas to make it better.

Our conference is a one-of-a-kind event -- it's the only conference which features family caregivers and former family caregivers as presenters and panelists. We're the experts in our caregiving experiences which is why we are the presenters.

This year’s conference theme is Our Best Selves. During a time that feels like the worst, how do we stay our best in our relationships, with our health, in our faith, with our finances, in our careers and during caregiving? We'll look at how caregiving impacts us and how we can best manage that impact.

Please save the dates to join us in Chicago or virtually. As we did last year, we'll broadcast sessions from both days. In addition, please be on the look-out for:

  • Our call for presentations. Anyone who currently cares or previously cared for a family member can submit a proposal to present.

  • Our first conference contest: Design our conference theme logo.


You may be tempted to attend but worried about how to make attending our conference happen. Some suggestions to help:

  • Talk out your desire to attend with other family members and friends because sharing how much you want to attend can help make it happen.

  • You will be in good company at our conference. Many of attendees to our previous conferences arrived alone and left with friendships and support that have remained with them throughout the year.

  • Check out our ideas for you to get help for your caree while you attend our conference. Now's the time to explore options in your community which can help you join us. In addition, we'll have a respite room for carees at our conference. We'll share details over the summer.


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