Virtual Caregiving Conference Session: Your Future


Virtual Caregiving Conference Session: Your Future

road-908176_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, Preparing for Your Future, will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT, 12:30 p.m. PT. Colleen Kavanaugh, who cared for her parents, Elizabeth Miller, who cares for her mother, and MaryAnne Sterling, who cares for her mother and cared for her father and in-laws will join me for this discussion.

During our chat, we'll discuss why it feels so odd to think about your own future during caregiving. We'll also ask our presenters 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?

You can register to receive a reminder to join our Third Annual Virtual Caregiving Conference via the form at the bottom of this post.

About Colleen
Colleen, a Certified Caregiving Consultant™, brings her decade of family caregiving experience and training to empower and uplift family caregivers step-by-step. While caring for her mother with cancer and father with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases as well as working and raising a family, she could never imagine seeing the other side of life after caregiving. Her feeling of isolation and the lack of understanding from others who were not in her situation have called her to help current family caregivers from feeling the same things. Colleen works with clients to create proactive strategies that encourage thriving within the demanding caregiving role. Colleen is also one of our Volunteer Caregiving Researchers. Be sure to watch Colleen's free webinar, THE DREAM TEAM: Creating a Team for a Successful Caregiving Season. Visit Colleen's website, The Longest Dance, to learn how to hire Colleen as a consultant.

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth's website, Happy Healthy Caregiver, is a lifestyle website that helps overwhelmed and stressed caregivers who want to feel balanced and take better care of their health but don’t know how to juggle self-care with their caregiver responsibilities. The daily demands of being a caregiver is emotionally overwhelming, stressful, and physically tiring. Being a caregiver often leads to neglect of the caregiver’s own health which can result in weight gain, fatigue, depression and anxiety. The Happy Healthy Caregiver site helps these caregivers regain balance and control of their personal health while still upholding their daily caregiver responsibilities. With the Happy Healthy Caregiver coaching and community, these caregivers will no longer feel overwhelmed and alone but rather armed with the tools and support they need to prioritize and optimize their health.

About MaryAnne
MaryAnne has been a caregiver and healthcare advocate for her parents for 20 years. She is a renowned speaker and educator on family caregiver issues, a role that evolved from her experience having multiple parents struggling with dementia. She and her husband have 3-out-of-4 parents impacted by this disease. Their personal story has been featured in Kiplinger, New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. MaryAnne is Co-founder of Connected Health Resources, focused on person-centered healthcare transformation. She is also CEO of Sterling Health IT Consulting. MaryAnne serves as Patient Research Partner and Ambassador for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Advisory Council member for the National Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patient & Caregiver-Powered Research Network, and Consumer Ombudsman for the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE).

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. You can follow her on Twitter at @SterlingHIT.

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