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Caregivers Count! 12th Annual Conference
Virtual Event - 4 Part Series
September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 2022 - 10am to 12pm
Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios

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SESSION 1 - September 10, 2022 - Keynote: A Holistic Approach to Self-Care

Session 1 Description:  

Enrich your caregiving soul by creating self-care habits that compliment your caregiver identity and lifestyle. Learn strategies on how to prioritize your emotional, physical, mental, financial, and spiritual well-being.

Jenn Chan, CSA®, CCC™, is the CEO & Founder of Senior Shower® Project, a startup gift 

shop with a mission to celebrate family caregivers of older adults with a party. She sells caregiver greeting cards, creates senior shower party kits, curates caregiver gift boxes, and hosts virtual caregiver dance parties. Inspired by 10+ years of caregiving for her grandma, Jenn dedicates her career to elevate the family caregiver role with fun, love, and positivity. She believes caregiving is a lifestyle and becoming a senior caregiver is a life milestone worth celebrating.


As a Certified Senior Advisor and Certified Caregiving Consultant, Jenn works with local non-profit organizations that serve LGBTQ+ older adults, dementia caregivers, and young caregivers. She leads self-care workshops and facilitates social support groups.

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Jenn Chan, CSA, CCC

Senior Shower Project

SESSION 2 - September 17, 2022 - Strategies for Dementia Caregiving

Session 2 Description:  

Understand the progression of dementia and the care you'll need to provide. Learn the PACE approach to dementia caregiving and discover new tools to address the challenges you encounter.

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Tami Anastasia

Dementia Consultant

Tami Anastasia is a dementia consultant, educator and speaker. She is the author of Essential Strategies for the Dementia Caregiver: Learning to PACE Yourself. Tami holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, a Certificate in Gerontology, and a Certificate in End of Life. She is a Certified Dementia Care Specialist and Certified Senior Advisor. For more than 30 years, Tami has provided counseling services, dementia guidance, emotional support, and care strategies to family and professional dementia caregivers.


In addition to her private practice, Tami facilitates several dementia caregiver support groups and has partnered with agencies throughout California to conduct educational workshops, trainings, and webinars. Tami is a sought-after speaker, frequently presenting before audiences at professional meetings, senior retirement centers, memory care and assisted living communities, health and wellness conferences, local colleges and universities, and public health organizations.

Tami has been a guest on local television and radio shows and has published several articles on dementia and health-related topics.

SESSION 3 - September 24, 2022 - What Comes Next? An Introduction to Long-Term Care Decisions

Session 4

Fall Prevention and Home Safety

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Session 3 - Description:  

This presentation will discuss the differences between in-home care, residential care, and the spectrum in between. Learn strategies for making informed decisions about long-term care for your loved one, how to pay for them, how to know when it's time to take the next step, and how to take care of yourself as you navigate the world of long-term care.


Vanessa Souza, LCSW

Alzheimer's Association

Vanessa Souza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus on supporting older adults. She has a particular interest in ensuring people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and their family and friends have the knowledge needed to prepare for the future. She has worked as an assisted living administrator, memory care director, and as a social worker in adult day healthcare. Today, she works as the Senior Manager for Community Engagement at the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Seattle University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

SESSION 4 - October 1, 2022 - Fall Prevention and Home Safety

Session 4 - Description:  

Dr. Schachner and the Santa Clara County Fire Department will be co-presenting this session.

Dr. Schachner believes that while many people write off falls as part of aging, we now know that suffering from a fall does not have to be a part of everyday life. Many factors can contribute to a fall, including behavioral challenges, physiological changes, medications, vision, and much more. The good news is that with proper awareness and strategies, most falls can be prevented. Come explore some of the reasons why people fall and learn ways you can stay healthier and safer as you age.

Learn important home fire safety tips and how to practice important safety habits to prevent fires and falls in the home. Learn the importance of creating a home escape plan, how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency and discover important community resources to help you and your family stay safe.

Dr. Schachner received her EdD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and serves on the Silicon Valley Healthy Aging Partnership (SVHAP) Leadership Council. She is currently the Program and Operations Director of the Timpany Center SJSU focusing on Stress Management, Kinesiology, Adapted Physical Activity, and Taekwondo. She has a passion for falls prevention education for older adults and the caregiving community.

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Dr. Jennifer Schachner

San Jose State University

Timpany Center

Jennifer Ceynowa has worked for the Santa Clara County Fire Department since 2015. She currently holds the position of Community Risk Specialist II within the Community Education & Risk Reduction Services Unit. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She coordinates the department's CPR Program and teaches many of the Senior & Adult Center programs for fire prevention and safety. Prior to her role with the fire department, Jennifer was a 9-1-1 Dispatcher and prior to that role she worked in Administration at the local 9-1-1 ambulance provider for 12 years. She has been in the Santa Clara County EMS community teaching and working for over 22 years.

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Jennifer Ceynowa

Santa Clara County

Fire Department

Session 1 Recording

Session Recordings

Thank you to our Sponsor, Family Caregiver Alliance.

A Holistic Approach to Self-Care by Jenn Chan

A Holistic Approach to Self-Care by Jenn Chan

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Session 2 Recording

Thank you to our Sponsor, AARP California.