Do you ever feel isolated, overwhelmed and exhausted from caregiving?
These feelings can be crippling in the tragedy of caring for someone with a chronic illness. Yet, the good news is, it’s not inevitable.
You CAN have joy and happiness while giving care … AND that joy and happiness positively impacts your health and the care you give as well as the health of your carereceiver.
In “The Healthy&Happy Caregiver Telesummit”, caregiving and dementia experts share their unique insights and give you simple steps to be happy and healthy while giving care.
There is nothing more important than your mindset as a caregiver. As Bernie Siegel, M.D. said in Love, Medicine & Miracles, “ One’s attitude toward oneself is the single most important factor in healing or staying well.”
“The Healthy&Happy Caregiver Telesummit” was 3 hours a night, starting Monday November 17, 2014 at 8 pm Eastern through Thursday November 20, 2014.
Each night there were three 60-minute presentations. The free live event is over. The free bonuses for registering apply although some are time-limited or amount-limited. You can still get access to all the calls for a low price of only $57. That’s only $4.75 per call!
Speakers and Topics
Dr. Ina Gilmore & Master Coach David Sheldon of Caregiving With Purpose explain “How to Be a Happy&Healthy Empowered Caregiver”. They’ll show you why choosing happiness may be the best decision you make for yourself, your carereceiver and your loved ones. They also share the simple steps you can start now to increase your happiness every day.
James Creasey of Jiminy Wicket shares his personal mission to make smiles while living with dementia. And doesn’t happiness start with a smile? In his talk “Through Hoops to Hope” he’ll share how Jiminy Wicket croquet creates mental, physical and social well-being for people living with dementia. And how you can begin to do this too.
Cathie Borrie speaks on “The Long Hello: How Ballroom Dancing Taught Me to Follow My Mother’s Lead.” She shares what she learned from her mother’s dementia. Cathie describes it as the unfolding poetry and beauty of her mother’s walk with dementia. Cathie is dedicated to galvanizing a positive, enlightened change in society’s perception of dementia.
Janet Edmunson of JME Insights in “Find Meaning in the Challenges of Caregiving” will explore the ways she overcame the challenges in caring for her late husband, Charles. She’ll share how she made it through the difficult times and found meaning in the process.
Tom and Karen Brenner of Brenner Pathways explain “A Thousand Voices: Stories That Provide Hope and Healing.” They share how reproducing and sharing stories of people living with dementia can lead to finding a way to truly communicate and be creative with those living with dementia. And in this process making the lives of both carereceivers and their caregivers much more fulfilling and joyful.
Cynthia Gardner O’Neill Educator for Your Heart’s Health At the TeleSummit, I will be presenting “The Heart of Caregiving: Experience 5 Ways to Increase Quality of Life for Both the Caregiver and Receiver Through a Change of Heart.” I’ll explain why your heart’s health is the most important part of being a caregiver. I’ll show you an easy way to increase the HAVE in your life and improve the HEALTH of your heart.
Harry Urban of Forget Me Not – Online Dementia Support speaks about what it is like living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer in “My Thoughts on Dementia.” He explains how you can help to spread dementia awareness. My main goal is to relay the message that there is life and hope after your diagnosis of any form of dementia.
Kirti Kalsa of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation recognizes that caregivers are among the most stressed people. In her talk “Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s via Your Lifestyle: Why It Works” she explains why it doesn’t have to be that way. She’ll show you how and why your stress level affects you brain, and the proven lifestyle choices to reduce stress and help you maintain a good brain. She’ll review the latest research and answer questions on how you can implement it in your own daily life,
Israel Ellen is an international expert educator whose MemoryAid.org website helps seniors detect, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. In his talk “Identifying lifestyle choices that can delay, slowdown and prevent the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease” he explains how lifestyle choices may affect memory, and which ones cause distress, discomfort and agitation.
Dennis Stack is founder of Project Storykeeper and LegacyStories.org. In his talk, “Finding Fulfillment” he shows how building a legacy for your loved one through reminiscing and capturing memories in voice and images convey humor and respect for your loved one. And they also give you and your family a priceless gift of lasting memories to share.
Gary Le Blanc discusses how the “Dementia Hospital Wristband Program” trains hospitals and first responders on dementia care, and to be dementia friendly. How the simple step of using a visual alert logo on hospital wristbands for those at risk for cognitive impairment improves their hospitalization.
Karen Francis of Sacred Heart Senior Living reasons for what to do about “Managing Challenging Behaviors – Starting With Yourself.” She explains how many of the behaviors associated with a dementia diagnosis are not only troublesome for the caregiver, but often the result of an unmet need or inability to communicate those needs for the carereceiver. She’ll discuss behaviors including repetitiveness, sundowning, wandering/exit seeking, anxiety, aggression and disrobing. She’ll explain the reasons for these behaviors and how to minimize them.
Alzheimer’s Advocate Michael Ellenbogen talks about the challenges facing those with the diagnosis and their caregivers in “Living With Alzheimer’s.”