To Ask, Thankful To Receive
Conference for Caregivers and Others Who Care
16 - 18, 2008
Fifty-four million caregivers
live in the United States and, with an aging population, the numbers are
growing. If you are caring for someone you love in your home, in partnership
with a care facility, or even from long distance, this is a must attend
conference. Join us for an outstanding array of workshops tailored for the
needs of caregivers searching for spiritual, emotional, physical relief as they
provide care for those they love.
Offered by Annetta Dellenger annettadellinger.com
and Sherri Goss myfamilylifebook.com
Where’s the JOY in MY journey?
Often a caregiver’s journey leaves them feeling resentment, anger and guilt, and unable to forgive their loved one or themselves. This session will look at Biblical people who experienced the same kind of challenges to give you encouragement, hope to cope and strength from the real JOY Source. In this ACTIVE session you will learn ways to release unforgiveness through numerous hands-on techniques. Leave with a lightened heart and a new joy-a-tude by receiving a dynamic message for your heart and soul!
Offered by Annetta Dellenger annettadellinger.com
Joy-ercise for the Exhausted Caregiver
“Who me, have time to exercise? I’m a caregiver!” Not only is an exercise routine important for good health, but it's also important for our mental well-being, relieving stress and anxiety, and increasing energy. However, caregivers are too busy or too exhausted to work out! Join us to “do” unique de-stressing techniques that fit naturally into a busy schedule! From laughter to sitting quietly with a loved one…from implementing exercises from God’s Word to spiritual breathing…joy-ercise will help you become mentally and spiritually fit. Relax, be refreshed and rejoice!
Offered by Sue
Reconnecting with the World –
What to do When Your Caregiving Role is Over
How do you adjust to the loss of
your caregiving role and find a new normal? This workshop will help caregivers
identify feelings associated with the loss of a role, such as feelings of
abandonment, separation anxiety, guilt, fear of what’s next, feelings of
failure, etc., and what to do about them. Ways to reconnect, define a new
normal, and move on will be discussed.
Offered by Liz Cowen Furman lizcowenfurman.com
The Stages of Grief: What to Expect.
Everyone grieves differently, though there are similarities. By sharing examples, Liz gets the point across and keeps the listeners engaged. If you have a desire to help others overcome their pain and move on, or if the pain is yours and you long to learn to deal with this tough topic in a manner that provides hope, healing, and encouragement, then this is the class for you. Maybe you are anticipating the loss of someone dear to you, if so come and learn what to expect after the loss of a loved one. Many helpful reading selections are shared and several of the books recommended will be present for conferees to peruse to see which ones appeal to them. Lots of encouragement from scripture for this topic.
Keep Your Sense of Humor and Avoid Losing Your Mind.
Many examples and encouragement to keep the conversation lively. Find ways to look at your situation though fresh eyes and see the humor in the mundane.. Caretaking can be a grueling task, here is a chance to look at the light side of dark, and learn to not take things so seriously. A sense of humor can help save your sanity and make you into an even better caregiver. Scriptural basis for laughter and humor will be offered. Here is a chance to kick back, laugh and take a load off your mind for awhile.
Sherri Goss myfamilylifebook.com
Avoiding the Top Ten Mistakes People Make with
Most people have an Individual
Retirement Account of some sort, whether it began as a 401k type plan through
an employer, or was established directly by an institution. Upon death, these accounts can either
transfer or “rollover” to beneficiaries, and there are many opportunities for
error. At this program you will
learn the rules regarding titling of accounts, beneficiaries, distribution,
when the “5-year rule” applies, and how to avoid tax penalties and potentially
stretch IRA assets for generations.
Don’t Let Disorder Destroy
If you were suddenly
incapacitated, would your family know what to do? Could they find important documents, take over the
management of your affairs, and make health decisions on your behalf? This workshop will walk you through the
process of creating a Life Book, an instruction manual for your family that
solves this problem.
Kareen King kareenking.com
Creating Meaningful Conversation
are at a loss for words, don’t know what to talk about, or run out of things to
say? Then this is the workshop for you. During this workshop Kareen King will
help you learn how to here for meaningful interaction with your loved one both
at home and in a care facility. Come away with ideas for conversation starters,
tips on how to redirect dead-end conversations, and more.
Making Nursing Home
Visits an Enjoyable Experience
Do you want to make
visiting someone you love a pleasure rather than a chore? If so, you won’t want
to miss this important session that addresses those entirely natural anxious
feelings that are a part of being a visiting caregiver. We’ll identify
prejudices that may interfere with your ability to connect, discuss the
“I-Thou” versus the “I-It” relationship, and learn how to validate those who
are time-and-place confused. Join us as we learn practical improvisational
conversational exercises that will help you to truly “be with” someone.
Humpty Dumpty, Snow White, and You
Where does the caregiver go to experience relief, renewal, and rejuvenation? Borrowing from her training as a drama therapist, Kareen will lead the participants through a series of creative exercises designed to provide support, renewed perspective, and just plain fun. This workshop is designed to provide a safe space for grown-up “play” that has practical applications for real life scenarios. This session will lay a foundation from which the participant can draw from time and time again to get through those overwhelming moments to come. The participants will learn how to articulate their feelings and needs more artfully. They will learn to recognize extremes in their emotionality and avoid making unhealthy choices. They will discover how the use of creative metaphor can reduce stress and build positive connections with others. And finally, they will again be reminded how play, which is not just reserved for children, can become an enriching diversion from life's broken pieces and poisonous apples.
Carmen Leal http://www.someonecaresonline.com/
How to Shamelessly Get
What You Need When No One Seems to Care
This workshop focuses on
creative and positive ways to cut through the red tape facing caregivers and
their families. This interactive brainstorming session will help families
understand how to effectively interact with church, social services agencies,
and medical decision makers to get what they need to provide the best level of
care for their loved ones.
A Caregiver’s Terrible,
Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
There are never a enough hours
in a day is a common lament of most caregivers. Join us in this interactive
session where we discuss the issues caregivers face. Whether you are struggling
with taking away your loved ones driver’s license, wondering how to juggle work
and caregiving, or wading through an endless stack of papers, you will find our
time together invigorating, helpful and just plain fun. Best of all, you’ll
learn the secret weapon to help any caregiver through a terrible, horrible, no
good, very bad day.
8 Sure Ways to
is a thoughtful, necessary, and selfless act of kindness. It is also
exhausting, unrelenting, sometimes mind-numbing, and can be thankless.
Caregiving is a responsibility often requiring commitment for the long haul,
but it can lead to caregiver burnout. During this session we’ll learn to see
the signs of burnout, how respite can help, and brainstorm creative ways to
find that much needed respite.
Charles Puchta careministry.com
Strategies for Caregivers – Coping with Confidence
Caregiving has fast become an expected life event
where the amount of involvement and responsibility tends to increase over time.
Caregivers tend to face tremendous uncertainty and often find themselves
overwhelmed, unprepared, and uninformed.
This session explores:
- The many challenges caregivers are likely to encounter as loved ones
age or become ill.
- Common feelings and frustrations of both caregivers and care
- Life from the care receivers perspective and ways to anticipate and
address loved ones’ emotional, informational and instrumental needs with
understanding and confidence.
- Proven techniques to communicate with (difficult) family members,
make informed decisions and turn good intentions into action.
- Government and community-based programs, services and support to
help meet day-to-day needs.
Aging & Illness:
What Now? What Next?
Growing old gracefully
may be our hope; however, the need for assistance with daily living is
frequently beyond our control. Often our hopes and plans for the Golden Years
are disrupted by life-changing or life-threatening medical conditions. This
session explores the aging process, what’s normal and what’s not., typical
reactions when a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness or life-threatening
disease, and techniques to gain control over important aspects of life.
Offered by Bill and Lyn Roche christiancaregiverconnection.net
A Breath of Fresh Air (Part I and Part II)
Enjoy interacting with Lyn and Bill and each other
while addressing a personal 10-page workbook designed especially for you. As
former caregivers, the Roches know caregivers are tired of lectures. They need
practical help to enable them to create a healthy balance in their lives –
tools they’ll take home and use.
Caring for someone with dementia or an elderly loved
one can be extremely challenging and stressful. However, after this workshop
caregivers will have the tools they need to take as good care of themselves as
they do the loved ones in their care.
Sharing The Care
Most family caregivers want to take care of their
loved ones at home. However, for numerous reasons, it isn’t always possible.
This insightful, interactive workshop helps family members adjust to the
changes and to the “sharing” of caregiving responsibilities when care facility
placement becomes necessary. Like their book, the workshop provides both family
and professional caregivers with practical tools for becoming successful
partners in care – and shares wisdom for truly understanding one another.
Is It Difficult Behavior or a Need That Isn't Being Met?
This workshop will help family caregivers better understand the reasons behind difficult behaviors often associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias. You'll learn safe effective responses and approaches based on knowledge of the progression of the condition, the history of your loved one, and the formation of a necessary new relationship with someone who may sometimes seem like a stranger. The results will maintain the dignity of your loved one and add peace to your life.
Steve Siler with Carmen Leal musicforthesoul.org
Writing to Heal
something as all encompassing as terminal or chronic illness takes over your
life writing down your experiences and feelings can help heal your heart.
Sometimes what you write is between you and God, but other things might one day
help others going through a similar situation. This workshop focuses on
breaking through the “so what” factor and using your caregiving experiences to
help others through articles, books and songs.
Offered by Bob Willis Godhealshearts.com
Hospice 101: What is it?
Placing a loved on into Hospice
doesn't have to be a stressful and confusing time. Join Hospice chaplain Bob
Willis as he walks caregivers through the Hospice process. During the workshop
you'll learn about Hospice care including when does it start, who is on the
Hospice team, locating hospice resources in your community, how to pay for the
services, and, more importantly, if Hospice is right for someone now or in the
Self-Care for Caregivers
Caregivers typically place the
needs of their loved ones before themselves. In this workshop you'll learn to understand
the importance of self care, identify emotional, physical, and spiritual self
care techniques, and come up with a plan for your own personal methods of self
The Caregiver’s Heart: Dealing With Change
Victor Frankl said, "When we are no longer able
to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." Caregiving
is rife with change and never more so than in our relationship with our care
receivers. During this workshop we'll discuss how to understand changes in
relationships, gain valuable “tools” to express feelings during times of change
and how to identify support systems.