2015 Caring for the Caregiver Conference

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Cracking the Caregiver Stress Code. The 9th Annual Caring for the Caregiver event will take place Saturday October 31st, 2015 from 9:00am-4:30pm at the Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union. A relaxing, informative, supportive day for both family and professional caregivers- it will offer an outstanding keynote, 9 workshops, a huge resource area staffed by resource specialists, community information booths, consultation time with experts from the Alzheimer's and Parkinson Associations and elder law attorneys. Come enjoy this event with free parking, a gourmet lunch, door prizes and a supportive environment with other caregivers. Cost is only $15, scholarships and respite care may be available.

Workshop Descriptions

Session 1 (11am-12pm)

Parkinson Disease: The Basics and Beyond
Presented by Jeremy Otte (WI Parkinson Association)
This session will cover the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, how it is diagnosed and the current treatment options. We will also discuss local programs and resources for people with Parkinson disease.
What Do I Do Next? A Guide for Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Presented by Diane Baughn (Alzheimer’s Association)
This presentation will provide a variety of suggestions and ideas about how to approach some common daily caregiving challenges. This session will include time for questions and answers.
Health Heelers Therapy Dogs and Cats
Presented by Laura Hey (Health Heelers)
There is good reason therapy animals are increasing in popularity! The benefits of spending time with a gentle furry creature go beyond the “warm fuzzies” the provide. Come meet one of our therapy animals and learn how therapy dogs and cats, and even pets can connect with your loved one or clients to maximize function and ease impairments. 

Session 2 (1pm-2pm)

Faith, Hope and Love: Sources of Positive Energy for Caregivers
Presented by Sr. Marianne Muscott (St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care)
This will be a time of remembering how, who and what we believe. How belief, hope and love color our caregiving experiences and can move us from times of darkness into the light. Learning to practice mindfulness is a powerful way of growing spiritually. 
What Do I Do Next? A Guide for Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Presented by Diane Baughn (Alzheimer’s Association)
See Description in session 1 above
The Conversation: An Interactive Session on Health Care Decision Making Before a Crisis Occurs
Presented by Phyllis Brostoff (Stowell Associates)
What if you were unable to make your own health care decisions...Does your husband/wife/son/daughter/mother/father know what you would want them to do? Having “the conversation” is not enough.  You really need to write it down and review it periodically to make sure that whoever you choose to be your health care decision maker, knows about your wishes and values. This session will present topics to discuss with the person you choose to be your health care decision maker. It will guide you through an exercise to fill in the blanks and you will leave with a document you can share with the other person. 

Session 3 (2:15pm-3:15pm)

Beyond Overwhelmed: Understanding the Hoarding Disorder and Developing Combined Solutions to this Complex Problem
Presented by Carla Alejo (Catholic Charities)
With a better understanding of this surprisingly common disorder we will discuss how to identify resources needed for the cleaning up process. 
Community Resources for Caregivers Made Simple  
Presented by Mardi Charnitz, (Interfaith’s Neighborhood Outreach Program) Pat Bruce, (Interfaith’s Family Caregiver Support Network) Megan Federighe (VITAS Hospice)  and John Pokrandt (Interfaith’s Personal Care Plus)
An informed caregiver is a prepared and less stressed caregiver. An experienced panel will share information and resources that you may need throughout your caregiver journey. They will include key community programs and services, utilizing volunteers, homemaking, personal care services and hospice care. 
Benevolent Touch: A Caring Touch
Presented by Mary McCanna (St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care)
This course will provide caregivers with skills to give positive nurturing touch (Benevolent Touch) to older adults and people with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. Through the development of confidence, knowledge and techniques, one will learn how they can enhance the quality of life and increase a feeling of love and security for individuals of all ages and abilities. Everyone will discover the power of touch with “hands on” experiences!


October 31st, 2015 9:00 AM   through   4:30 PM
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave
Marquette University Alumni Union
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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Phone: 414.220.8600
Single Conference Admission $ 15.00
Event Sponsorship
Gold $ 1,000.00
Silver $ 500.00
Bronze $ 250.00
Door Prize Sponsor $ 0.00
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