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.

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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.

Lyn-Tise Jones

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.   

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Click here to see video on Depression in Older People

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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 Sims
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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

Click here to download the PDF packet for last year's virtual 2020 Caregiver's Count! 10th Annual Conference, a 4 Part Series. 2020 session recordings are below:

Session # 1 - September 12, 2020 - 10am to 12pm - Emotional Well-Being

Session #1 - Keynote:  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.

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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.

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Session # 2 - September 19, 2020 - 10am to 12pm - Paying for Care

Session # 2:  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.

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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.

Janis Carney

Session # 3 - September 26, 2020 - 10am to 12pm - Technology Tools

Session #3:  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.

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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.

Christina Irving

Session # 4 - October 3, 2020 - 10am to 12pm - Reducing Stress & Dealing with Parents and Resistance

Session #4a:  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.

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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.

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Session #4b:  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.

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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.

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