Loving on Empty: A Caregiver Conference

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Date: October 16, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: ZOOM
Category: Conference
Wayne State University is pleased to present
Loving on Empty; A Caregiver Conference
Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology is pleased to present a conference for those caring for an older adult family member. Free and Live on zoom. Register HERE
Keynote 9:40-10:20 am 
I Feel Invisible: Bringing Light to the Caregiver Experience
What is the proper role of a family caregiver in a medical setting? Caregivers can seem invisible to healthcare providers. They aren’t the patient and they aren’t medical professionals, but they often know a lot about the patient’s health and are essential partners in any treatment plan. Caregivers can find themselves trying to protect their loved one against medical advice that could interfere with autonomy, quality of life, or expressed preferences. Dr. Harvath can help you overcome these challenges and make yourself visible to the healthcare team.
10:20-11:00 am:
Life Planning for Caregivers
Shawn Bennis, MSN, RN, & Veronica Bilicki, RN, Henry Ford C.A.R.E. Program Specialists
We plan vacations. We plan for emergencies. We plan our wills and estate. But we rarely if ever plan to be a caregiver, so we don’t know where to begin. Let these Henry Ford C.A.R.E. Program Specialists guide you through the key situations to plan for as you give care. Think through housing needs, medical requirements, collaborating with family members, finances, transportation, respite care and more. Careful planning will take the stress and uncertainty out of your caregiving future.
Shawn Bennis, MSN, RN, & Veronica Bilicki, RN, Henry Ford C.A.R.E. Program Specialists

11:05-11:45 am
Loving on Empty: Honoring the Caregiver in You
Sometimes it’s hard for us to accept we have become a caregiver. We’ve had many roles -- daughter, son, mother, uncle, employee, but probably never gave much thought to caregiving. Caregiving is unlike anything else you will ever do. Understanding how to accept and embrace this new role will help you travel from “lost” to “empowered.” By honoring the caregiver inside you, you can better meet the needs of those you serve while preserving your own health and peace of mind.
11:45-12:10 am
Simple Self-Care Strategies and Exercises
You’ve heard it a thousand times, “You have to take care of yourself to take care of others.” But how? No two days are the same and every day is packed with too much to do. This session focuses on sensible, realistic approaches to self-care to help you build resilience to stress. Learn how to fit care into smaller segments when you’re on-the-go or enjoy a longer session of stress relievers when time allows.
12:10-12:30 pm
And the Journey Continues . . .
Roger Young, Family Caregiver
Roger Young cared for his mother at home for many years. He was resourceful in finding cost-effective ways to adapt the home environment to his mother’s needs. Caregiving taught him many life lessons and brought him closer to his mother and to all those who care for someone they love. Roger’s story will inspire and invigorate you.
Loving on Empty: A Caregiver Conference is provide in partnership with AARP, DAAA, and the Mary Thompson Foundation
October 2021