Showing the Green in DC


Showing the Green in DC

Denise_2.4.16Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to present at the annual conference of eHealth Initiative, a non-profit organization that researches, educates and advocates for solutions to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information and technology.

At the conference, I participated in a discussion called "Aging in Place - Digital Healthcare to Support a Growing Demographic." During the discussion, I shared some insights, including:

  • In 1996, when I launched, caregiving was a lonely, isolating experience.

  • In 2016, caregiving is a lonely, isolating experience.

I explained that you each have a "PhD in your carees," a quote from a respondent who completed our annual caregiving survey a few years ago. You are the expert when it comes to your caree's medical care and needs.

I spoke about our 36-hour Christmas chat and how, at about 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, a guest joined our chat. Her mom was dying and she needed confirmation that she was doing all she could. I can't think of a better way to use technology than to offer comfort to someone at one of her most critical life moments.

I mentioned that one of our initiatives isn't about technology but about putting a spotlight on family caregivers in our communities. I showed our "Wear Green to Be Seen" t-shirt and told a story about Sharon (@srhall419) receiving a hug when she wore the t-shirt to the grocery store.

I also told the story of Larry (@kc9hdp), who, after losing his job because of his caregiving responsibilities, turned caregiving into his career. He received training to be a personal care worker and counts his mom and a family friend among his clients. He's also currently enrolled in our Certified Caregiving Consultants™ training program.

In essence, I told them what you tell us here. I'm so grateful that you share so much of yourselves here. Your stories teach me so much. In turn, I hope I can educate others by sharing your stories.

(Save the date! We Wear Green to Be Seen on Friday, April 15, 2016. I'll share more details next week.)

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Lillie Fuller

This is wonderful! I love the Wear Green to Be Seen days!!!