Virtual Caregiving Conference Session: Help

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Virtual Caregiving Conference Session: Help

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help-153094_640Our Virtual Caregiving Conference takes place on Sunday, April 3. Each day this week, I’ll tell you about one of our six conference sessions.

Our roundtable discussion, Asking for and Receiving Help, will take place at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT). Joining me for the discussion will be Gincy Heins, who cares for her husband and cared for her parents, and Gael Chiarellla Alba, who cared for her parents and her son. We'll discuss why it's so hard to ask for help, how we figure out what help we need and then how we receive the help that really helps.

About Gael:
Gael is a sandwich generation baby boomer who raised two children and buried two parents while being a single mom and a solopreneur. When her eldest son suffered a traumatic injury and suddenly became connected to life support in 2001, she managed his slow return to health during the years that her parents were slowly loosing theirs. Each needed tremendous care, each in their own way. Gael shares her philosophy: "As a family caregiver, there is plenty they don't tell you, but so much that can be learned. Primary among the lessons: you must take care of yourself. The experience doesn't come cheap, but there are ways of being that can be gathered from those who have walked the path before you. I hope to serve this message well." You can connect with Gael on her website, www.SelfCareOasis.com.

About Gincy:
Gincy is a wife, mother, caregiver, teacher, author, content administrator and volunteer. She was her father’s caregiver after her mother passed away and is a caregiver and advocate for her husband who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment when he was 55. Gincy teaches classes for seniors in senior centers and residential facilities. She volunteers for Alzheimer’s Orange County, manning their table at health fairs and events. She has held writing classes for early stage Alzheimer’s patients and their care partners for Alzheimer’s Orange County. For the past two years, Gincy has been Content Administrator for LitPick.com, handling their Facebook and twitter accounts. She works with authors, interviewing them about articles they write for LitPick. Gincy co-authored the book “After the Diagnosis,” has contributed to the “Caregifters” book series, was one of the authors of 365 Caregiving Tips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers, and recently helped her husband write the chapter, “Steve’s Story: Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment” in the book, Psychosocial Studies of the Individual’s Changing Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Disease (Dick-Muehlke, Li, and Orleans).

Gincy and her husband are the proud parents of one son. You can connect with Gincy on Facebook (G-j Heins), Twitter (@gjandfamily) and Instagram (picsbymom), and follow her new blog which will provide ideas on how to keep children, visitors, and carees interacting, www.bridgingthecaregivinggap.wordpress.com.

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