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 The Great Google Machine

I tell our attendees at the Fearless Caregiver Conferences that I am contacted regularly by caregivers seeking advice and services in their communities, either by phone or email.  I then  tell them that I am never once wrong in my responses.  After that bit of unwarranted bravado sinks in, I swear them to secrecy and then tell them how I do it.  Itís quite simple.  I look up to the great Google machine in the sky and find the contact information for the agencies on aging in their community.

I have found over the years, and especially these past few months hosting 11 rural Fearless Caregiver events, that the first thing a caregiver in need must do is reach out for support.  There was not one community in which I have visited, from major city to rural community, that the questions that arose were not best answered by seeking support.  This is one reason we are   honored that Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be joining us next week at our 90th Fearless Caregiver Conference in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Secretary Greenlee has been collecting many more air miles than I have, spending time at conferences across the nation; but we are extraordinarily honored that this will be the first family caregiver event that she will be participating in since her nomination. 

So much of the support available for family caregivers comes from the aging organizations through the Administration on Aging and we couldn't think of a more appropriate person to lead the  charge. Not only was she Secretary of Aging for the state of Kansas, but also the stateís Long-Term Care Ombudsman (one of my most favorite words). Prior to that, she served as general counsel at the Kansas Insurance Department and as an elder law attorney and professor.

Sounds like she is right on par with the great Google machine in the sky. 
Join us for the day in Port St. Lucie

Happy Thanksgiving.


Gary Barg

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