As we round the corner and enter the fall
season of our 15th Fearless Caregiver Conference
year (silly you, still living in the summer),
the many conference rooms, banquet centers and
convention centers in which we have held the
events filter through my mind. The consistent
themes that I see in my mind’s eye are, of
course, the support, camaraderie and
interactions between family caregivers. This
solidarity that unites caregivers even extends
to the celebrities who attend the events since
they all share the common experience of family
caregiving. But the overriding theme that I see
which has held each and every event together is
actually the value of asking questions—no
question at all.
From the young man who stood at a recent
Nashville event and started his question by
saying, “I know my mom should no longer be driving, but…” or
the family caregivers interacting with the
partnering with their loved ones. Or
at one Philadelphia event when two family
caregivers discovered that the loved ones they
were caring for lived only blocks away from one
another; I noticed them sitting together at the
next year’s event, having become fast friends
and caregiving allies in the intervening year.
This all came to mind as I was having a
conversation with a panelist preparing for next
Boca Raton Fearless Caregiver Conference.
She expressed concern regarding what she
should talk about at the upcoming event. I said
that if she brings her body of knowledge, her
skills and plenty of heart, she would not only
be able to answer a multitude of questions, but
if history has anything to say about it, she
should also bring a pad and pen, because there
will be a heck of a lot that the family
caregivers will be able to teach her, as well.
We are expanding the Fearless Caregiver 2013
event schedule to include two additional
conferences in the calendar.
me know if you would like us to bring a Fearless
Caregiver Conference to your community.