FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
Fearless Caregiver Conference in Boynton Beach, Florida marked
the first event of the thirteenth year since the launch of
Today’s Caregiver magazine.
And the day did not disappoint.
The members of
the Q and A panel had expertise in nursing, hospice care,
depression management, insurance, trusts and personal finances.
But as usual, it was the interaction between the
caregivers in the room that provided the most magic.
The concept of Fearless Caregivers sharing wisdom was in
full swing as new networks were being formed between caregivers
of children with disabilities, grandparent caregivers and those
with senior loved ones. Advocacy was the big topic of
conversation, so if you are reading this from Tallahassee or
Washington, I would advise you get ready for some educated and
motivated constituents to come a ‘calling.
illustrate the theme of advocacy, our luncheon speaker was newly
minted State Representative, Mark Pafford. Mark gave an overview
of the state’s political system and presented a wide variety of
hands-on tips for getting responses from the halls of congress.
We were proud to present a Community Fearless Caregiver
award to Mary Barnes, CEO of Alzheimer’s Community Care for
their work over the past twelve years, who left us with the
poignant message that seniors in Florida (and by extension,
across the nation) should not be ashamed to seek needed support,
since rather than costing the state money, they add millions of
dollars annually to the state coffers.
about journaling, I read a story I wrote about my grandfather,
in which I retold a few of the countless memorable times we
Afterwards, a caregiver came up to me and told me that she had
an inspirational thought as I was speaking.
She was going to travel with her husband who is living
with Alzheimer’s to visit their kids.
She wants to have each of their children write a short
story about a memorable time they had spent with their dad and
then read it to him.
She is convinced that this exercise will be as beneficial to her
grown children as it will be to her husband.
And I whole-heartedly concur.
All in all, not
a bad way to enter our teen years.