What A Week It Was!
Tuesday, I joined just about every neurologist in the
country for a luncheon honoring Leeza Gibbons. Leeza
received the 2005 Public
Leadership in Neurology Award during the American Academy of
Neurology's 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. Leeza took
the opportunity to paint an extremely moving image of the
lives of the patients and families that these physicians see
on a daily basis. The extended standing ovation proves that
the message was received loud and clear.
On Saturday, we
hosted our seventh annual
Fort Lauderdale Fearless Caregiver
Conference and I was honored to be joined by a special
education teacher with a degree from UNC-CH. And I hear he
sings a little bit too, Mr. Clay Aiken. A short delay in
his arrival worried everyone who knows me that I might have
had to sing to fill the time, which would certainly have not
been good for anyone within earshot. Anybody who wondered
what message Clay could possibly have had to share with our
audience of 600 caregivers was convinced of his passion and
knowledge after he spoke and exited to a well-deserved
standing ovation. We presented the Robert M. Barg Memorial
Achievement Award to him, which is not given often or
lightly. That evening we hosted the first Florida Voices
for Change Gala to benefit the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which
according to the Foundation’s executive director “had more
positive energy than she had ever seen in a room”.
Our Question and
Answer panel during the Fearless Caregiver conference was
exceptional, and I think we could have extended that session
for another two hours and not answered all of the questions
from the attendees. The topics ranged from technology to eye
care and health insurance, depression and stress management
and of course, legal issues. We actually never got to the
grand stopper of them all – the questions on senior
We learned from
Lisa VanDyke from Walgreens during our “Ask the Pharmacist”
session that another member of any Fearless Caregiver’s
professional care team must be the pharmacist.
You would think
we would be dragging around here, but the conference was so
incredibly energizing, as the questions and answers spun
across the hall, that we are even more motivated than ever
to take our show on the road. We look forward to seeing you
in our next two stops, in Los Angeles (June 28), and
Philadelphia (July 27). “On the Road Again….”
are still available for the 2005 Fearless
Caregiver Conference Tour. Bring a
conference to your community.
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