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A Tale of Two (Conference) Cities

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Hi, Gary!

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Fearless Caregiver presentation at Salt Fork in Ohio.  The information was so relevant and affirming.  I have helped provide care to my mother-in-law who has Alzheimerís disease (my sister-in-law is the full-time caregiver and the REAL angel!), and also provided care to my father who died this past February due to cancer.

Iíve been in geriatric social work for 37 years and it is just my nature to believe that I have to be able to do it all.  WRONG!  It is so difficult to delegate, but it is so necessary.  You offered so many ways that caregivers can delegate without feeling that they (we) are neglecting our responsibility.  (Even if we have an over-inflated idea of responsibility!)

Thank you again.  And thank you for the work you are doing! 

Ann

I received this email as I was returning from serving on a panel at the first annual event held by our good friend Pat Sacco, founder and CEO of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Association of the Treasure Coast in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  Port Saint Lucie is where we will be holding our 2012 Treasure Coast Fearless Caregiver Conference this Halloween and Pat is one of the three Treasure Coast Community Fearless Caregiver Award winners, so it was great to be asked to serve. 

As a measure of  just desserts or in the spirit of turnabout being fair play, I know now what I have put the panelists through at our Fearless Caregiver Conferences since 1997, and have to admit that I like hosting and answering questions from the floor a bit better. Pat and his moderator Michelle Spencer did show me how good you can be to your panelists. So, I guess from now on, I need to be just a little nicer.

 

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