Loving on Empty: A Caregiver Conference

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Date: October 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Conference

Presented by Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology

We welcome caregivers to engage in a 1/2 day of educational presentations and self-care strategies for support. Caregivers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to join us. Whether the care partner has a physical disability, cognitive changes, or both, guests will find useful and accurate information to ease their caregiver journey.

October 15, 2022


9:00 am Introduction to the conference

9:10 am-10:10 am
Finding Balance: Confidence & Wellness in Caregiving
Associate Professor & Director, Division of Health Sciences Mentoring Program | Wayne State University

Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller, Ph.D., OTRL, CDP, FMiOTA

Far too many caregivers of people with dementia are sent home with a diagnosis and little to no training on the progression of the disease. This presentation will provide an overview of the daily challenges faced by most caregivers followed by a discussion on the critical role of confidence and wellness in caregiver wellbeing. 

10:15-11:15 am
What’s your style? How your caregiving style impacts the care you provide and your own well-being Amanda Leggett, PhD, FGSA Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology Each caregiver tends to have their own “style” of providing care. In this talk, Dr. Leggett will present research on the different cognitive and behavioral approaches, what we call caregiving styles, that caregivers for individuals living with dementia bring to their caregiving. Dr. Leggett will also share implications for how one’s caregiving style can impact his or her own well-being and stress.

11:15-11:50 am
Advances in Virtual Care Bring the Doctor to You
Joel Whitbeck, director of Virtual Primary Care at Henry Ford Health System
If you are a caregiver for a loved one or friend with special needs, you know how difficult it can be to make visits to the doctor. With the help of TytoCare, an Henry Ford Virtual Exam kit, helps doctors  provide expert care to homebound patients during a virtual care visit.

TytoCare is a handheld device that securely connects to the patient’s Henry Ford MyChart electronic medical record. Tools that easily attach to the device allow the doctor to: look inside ears, listen to the lung and heart, take temperature, look down the throat and more. 

11:50 am  Closing statements

October 2022