Caregivers Count! 11th Annual Conference
Virtual Event - 4 Part Series
September 11 to October 2, 2021 - 10am to 12pm
September 11, 2021 - 10am to 12pm - Keynote: Experiencing Healing as a Caregiver
Session #1 - Keynote: Experiencing Healing as a Caregiver
Description: Using her personal experience as a caregiver for her mom and her work with the Alameda County Care Alliance, Lyn-Tise will share about ways caregivers can care for themselves, find support, and experience healing.
Lyn-Tise Jones from Alameda County Care Alliance was her mother’s primary caregiver before she passed away from stage 4 cancer in February 2021. She is unwaveringly dedicated to ensuring equitable outcomes in underserved communities and serves in various sectors of the community, from working as a site coordinator and connector in educational facilities to serving as an active leader in the local government.
September 18, 2021 - 10am to 12pm - Caring For an Older Adult with Mental Health Needs
Session # 2: Caring For an Older Adult with Mental Health Needs
Description: Learn what the common definition and understanding of mental illness is, the importance of recognizing mental illness in older adults, the most common mental health issues among the elderly, factors that contribute to these mental illnesses, and how these mental health issues manifest. Most importantly, learn how you can help the older adult in your care that has these mental health needs, both from an emotional and an activity perspectives.
Teresa Sims is the Program Supervisor of two mental health programs for seniors at Gardner Health Services, the Storytelling and the In-Home Peer Respite programs. These are preventive programs that try to engage seniors who are isolated, inactive and possibly mildly depressed. Teresa is a licensed clinical social worker and has provided mental health services for older adults for the last ten years.
Teresa Gamez, MA is a mental health therapist in the CalWORKS program, and the Ethnic Wellness Center at Gardner Health Services. She is Latina, Spanish-English speaking, and mother of two teens. Teresa has a Master Degree in Counseling. The Ethnic Wellness Center is a preventive program serving the Latino and African Descendants communities. The EWC’s purpose is to develop awareness about mental health challenges in our families. In 2020, Teresa finished her internship at Bill Wilson Center where she provided Grief support for individuals and families from different cultural backgrounds.
Teresa Gamez, MA
September 25, 2021 - 10am to 12pm - Take Charge! Advance Care Planning
Session #3: Take Charge! Advance Care Planning
Description: Get the health care you want based on what matters most. This webinar will discuss how to talk about your wishes for care with the important people in your life, and cover how to choose someone to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. The webinar will also cover how to write down your wishes using Advance Heath Care Directives and the Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment.
Mary Matthiesen is the Community Engagement and Education Director with Mission Hospice & Home Care in San Mateo – one of the original and still independent non-profit hospices in California. She has led awareness initiatives on end of life issues internationally, and supports the innovative educational offerings at Mission Hospice as well as her passion of engaging partners to co-create more compassionate communities for those living with serious illness, death and bereavement.
October 2, 2021 - 10am to 12pm - Adult Daycare Reimagined
Session #4: Adult Daycare Reimagined
Description: This session provides an overview of adult day care options that range from structured socialization to those including physical therapy and other health options. You'll also learn about various adult day programs offered in the Bay Area.
Ann Peterson, PhD is currently the Executive Director of Live Oak Adult Day Services overseeing four Adult Day Care Centers in Santa Clara County. She was previously the Program Director at one of those centers. She has many years experience working with older adults including as a staff psychologist/neuropsychologist at the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Bronx and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. Her doctoral training included fellowships at Mount Sinai and The Philadelphia Geriatric Center, along with a Neuropsychology internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Before her doctoral training, she worked as an art therapist in San Jose at a sub-acute residential program for older adults.
Ann Peterson, PhD
Grace Li, MHA
Grace Li, CEO of On Lok, oversees a family of non-profit organizations that has served vulnerable seniors for 50 years. She joined On Lok in 2001 and served in a variety of leadership positions, including leading the growth and expansion of On Lok PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). She was named CEO in 2016.
On Lok created the prototype for the PACE model of care and currently cares for over 1,650 frail seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area. On Lok also operates On Lok 30th Street Senior Center, the largest multi-purpose senior center in San Francisco, providing a range of health and wellness programs, social interaction, nutritious meals, education and case management to support the wellbeing of active older adults. This summer, On Lok will launch a new Adult Day Program targeted to serve LGBTQ+ seniors, co-designed in partnership with Openhouse and with the LGBTQ+ community to address many of the critical issues and cultural sensitivities for this community including access to much-needed aging services. On Lok continues to build on its history and expertise in both creating innovative models of care and serving diverse senior communities through integrated health and social services as a trusted partner in its communities.
Grace serves on the boards of directors of the National PACE Association, Eden Housing, Inc., and NICOS Chinese Health Coalition. She holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Florida. Grace lives with her husband and son in the Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, sports, travel, and spending quality time with her family.