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Cleveland Rocks
Cleveland does indeed rock. Or more precisely, the caregivers of Cleveland rock. We just held our first Fearless Caregiver Forum in the city and what a day it was. We were keeping our fingers crossed about the weather since all forecasts called for monsoons, but the fates were on our side and not a drop of rain fell during the entire day. Along with the hundreds of Clevelanders we were joined by a lively group of caregivers from Toledo, which is over three hours away.

We started the day with an expert Q and A session, but as usual the experts were sitting in the audience as well as on the stage. It is one thing for an expert to pontificate on the need for caring for yourself but it is a greater thing by far for a caregiver to stand up and say “Things got a lot better when I just decided that I was going to chill-out and start taking things lighter” Or the gentleman who said “when my wife took ill, the only thing that saved me was the support group I started going to.” For every question that arose from the audience, there was another caregiver with a viable solution sitting just tables away from the questioner. 

Special thanks to Heather Hill Hospital and Health Partnership for sponsoring a terrific lunch, during the 2 p.m. session with Debbie Reynolds one caregiver stood up and said that she hoped Debbie had the lunch because it was so good. Thanks to Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and Heather Hill for helping to sponsor caregiver’s attendance and to CommuniCare for the luxurious dessert. Thanks also to all of the sponsors and exhibitors for not only making that day possible but for the support and advice I saw them give caregivers during the day. And I have to add a special thanks to Pfizer and the Standing Ovations program. 

And thanks to Debbie Reynolds for being such a spectacular guest, I was of course blown away by her ability to captivate an audience, but even more enchanted by how she interacted as a caregiver with the audience of caregivers on such a personal and honest level. 

On to Phoenix!

Gary Barg

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