Virtual Caregiving Summit: Day 4


Virtual Caregiving Summit: Day 4

Our Virtual Caregiving Summit introduces you to our presenters and panelists at our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference (NCC18). Our conference will take place on Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, conveniently located minutes from O’Hare and a subway ride from downtown Chicago. Our agenda features family caregivers and former family caregivers sharing their experiences, insights and solutions.

Today we introduce you to Bobbi Carducci (our first video) and Ben Carter (our second video). Tandy Elisala, a podcaster in our Caregiving Podcast Network and another conference presenter, leads these two video chats. (Tandy will join Denise for a video chat on the last day of the Virtual Caregiving Summit.)

Meet Bobbi Carducci

Bobbi Carducci was a caregiver for her father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. His diagnoses included, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, C.O.P.D., congestive heart failure, Dysphagia, and schizophrenia for which he had been treated since 1947.
Bobbi is now a caregiver support group leader, author, blogger, and national speaker in caregiving issues. Her book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver (Open Books Press), tells the story of her family dealing with one of the fastest growing, most important issues of our day. While it reads like a novel, every word is true.

In her session, Bobbi will help us adjust to a life after caregiving ends. For so long all of your time and resources have gone into caring for another. You may feel you have lost yourself and your connection to others leaving you wondering how to move on. In this presentation attendees will learn how to move from exhaustion and grief to living a full life again.

Meet Ben Carter

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Ben Carter is a professionally trained Life Coach, Speaker and Corporate Instructor who believes that all experiences, whether opposition or opportunity are life lessons. Ben incorporates his personal and professional experience to inspire individuals to acknowledge “life problems” by solving them with the “life purpose”. Ben’s personal story involves him rebuilding a relationship with his mom and sharing the responsibility of caring for her in the last months of her life. Ben used the experience of her untimely death as motivation to inspire others. Ben believes in the power of motivating and inspiring everyone to achieve excellence in their lives beyond the challenges that they may face by using their inherent skills, gifts and talents.

In his presentation, Ben will share how meditation, spiritual communication, humor and love can help adult children manage their caregiving experience. Ben will walk through applying those tools to every stage of the caregiver's process.

Conference Details

We are so very grateful for the support of the following sponsors of our National Caregiving Conference, especially AARP, this year's title sponsor:

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These sessions are empowering. I connected with Bobbi and Ben. Like them, I feel my Mother is preparing me for my new role. I resisted in the beginning being called her caregiver. I am thankful for my new assignment. I was in tears when Bobbi said her father-in-law told her his work was done. Then again when Ben’s mother was relieved when she found out she was not the cause of her problems. WOW! \r\nThank you for sharing