Caregivers Count! 10th Annual Conference
Saturday April 25, 2020 - Speaker Sessions
Dr. Barry J. Jacobs is a noted clinical psychologist and family therapist whose passion for enhancing support for family caregivers led him to author several books and dozens of articles on the topic as well as present and speak nationally and internationally to organizations, associations, and providers. He is the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent and co-author of AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family and the forthcoming Love and Meaning for Couples After 50. Dr. Jacobs also writes a monthly self-help column for family caregivers on AARP.org.
Dr. Barry Jacobs
Keynote Session: The 7 Essential Tasks for Caregiver Emotional Survival
Description: The over 40 million Americans who provide ongoing or occasional care for aging, ill or disabled loved ones experience a range of emotions, from sadness and guilt to joy and pride. In this plenary address, Barry J. Jacobs Psy.D.--a clinical psychologist, author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers, and an AARP.org columnist--will describe 7 tasks, including handling sacrifice and finding positive rewards, that are essential for all family caregivers to better manage their emotions and sustain themselves through caregiving. We'll share stories of common caregiver challenges and solutions for thriving during what may be a prolonged period of family loss and change.
Breakout Session: Learning to Live and Cope with High Stress
Description: Family caregiving can be joyful but is almost always still stressful. In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss ways that caregivers can change their reactions to caregiving's challenges if they can't change caregiving's arduous circumstances. We'll practice breathing exercises, visualization, the 5 Senses and other forms of mindfulness that caregivers can easily learn and incorporate into their daily routines to better manage stress.
Janis A. Carney is the founder of The Law Offices of Janis A. Carney, where she focuses her practice on a holistic approach to law, covering many facets, including Elder Law, Estate Planning, Alzheimer’s & Long-Term Care Planning, Asset Protection, Medi-Cal planning, VA benefits planning, Trust Administration, and Probate Administration. Janis assists clients of all ages and stages from young families to the end stages of life. Janis is an expert in assisting elderly, disabled, or chronically ill, she is able to assess their situation and come up with a plan that stands up to their unique needs.
Breakout Session: Paying for Care
Description: How do you find the money for care? Learn about the various options which include paying out of pocket, long-term care insurance, selling assets, borrowing against the house, and public benefits.
Alex has a Master’s degree and is a credentialed gerontologist with 25 years of experience working with individuals and families affected by dementia. She was the director of an assisted living, adult day program, a weekend retreat for brain injured adults and a State Certified Ombudsman. Alex has facilitated an early stage support group, interacting with people living with dementia on a weekly basis for the past 8 years. For the past 20 years, Alex has provided community and professional education for the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California.
Breakout Session: Dealing with Parents and Resistance
Description: Are you worried about how your aging parents are doing now that one or both of them have physical challenges or chronic illnesses? They say they are doing fine and that you shouldn’t worry. But you do worry. Come and learn techniques in overcoming resistance to accepting help.
Christina Irving is the Client Services Director at Family Caregiver Alliance. She oversees the staff of the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center who provide direct services to family caregivers, including assessment, counseling, education, and support. She has been with FCA for over 13 years, first as a Family Consultant and then as Clinical Supervisor. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from San Jose State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
General Session: Technology Tools
Description: Gain a practical overview of how technology tools may help family caregivers provide care at home. Technology products like smart phone apps, communication aids, in-home sensors, and webcams can help make a home safer, and help reduce the caregiving workload. Learn how to determine what your needs are, the costs of tech tools, privacy considerations, and ease of use.