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The True Partnerships

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Attorneys, doctors, social workers, VA caregiver coordinators, Area Agency on Aging leaders, federal government healthcare leaders, fall prevention experts, psychologists, care managers, funeral directors and even caregiving celebrities. These are just some of the job titles of the panelists and speakers at the 126 Fearless Caregiver Conferences that we have hosted around the nation. And at today’s event in Boca Raton, Florida, the roster is no less impressive.

We are extremely proud to be able to share the wisdom of so many leading healthcare experts with the family caregivers who join us at these events. And we are quite aware of what a challenge it is for a caregiver to go anywhere that does not involve the direct care of their loved one. The truth is that the Fearless Caregiver Conferences are designed specifically to support the needs of those who care.

But, if you think that bringing together this amount of well-credentialed knowledge was the main reason for holding the events, you would only be half right. In fact, there is one other member of your loved one’s care team that accounts for so much of the knowledge shared at these events – you, the family caregiver.

I am constantly astounded by the fact that some of the best answers to the questions posed by caregivers at our conferences are answered by their fellow caregivers. And if you have been following this newsletter for a while, you know I do my darnedest to share that wisdom in these newsletters, in the pages of Today’s Caregiver magazine and even at conferences as often as I can. Just consider me a caregiving Johnny Appleseed, sharing the wisdom that we learned at these events as far and wide as possible. These answers range from getting Mom to eat, getting Dad to stop driving, and the value of brain banks to techniques that caregivers have successfully applied to get help from their family members. Yep, you heard me right.

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