Full Program Announced for Navigating the Caregiving Journey

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Provided by Strategic Management Partners

Strategic Management Partners has posted the full program for Navigating the Caregiving Journey on its website. The robust lineup includes a keynote presentation on Finding the Joy in Caregiving by Rev. Jeri Fields, and Caregiving 101 presented by Carol Downs, MSW and State President of AARP Virginia. Melissa Wertz from VITAS Healthcare will talk about the misconceptions and misunderstandings of hospice care, and Dan Campbell, LCSW, will round out the morning sessions with Self Care Strategies for Caregivers.

In the afternoon, the sessions will focus on Medicare which will be led by Lisa McFarren-Polgar of Starling Benefits. Mikki Firor, MS, Gerontologist with Trovato, LLC, will talk on Changes in Intimacy with Dementia. Shirlea Hennessy and Tara Connor from the PT/OT team at The Virginian will talk about Parkinson’s Disease and current therapies that may help patients. The educational portion of the day will finish out with a panel of experts who will share resources in the community for caregivers and tips on building the right team for their loved one.

Strategic Management Partners, AARP Virginia, Westminster at Lake Ridge, Tribute Assisted Living and Memory Care, and Griswold Homecare NoVA West are all sponsors of Navigating the Caregiving Journey. The conference will be held Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a. m.-4:30 p. m. at All Saints’ Church, 14851 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge. All organizations that are a part of the event provide services and/or resources to seniors living in the Northern Virginia region.

Navigating the Caregiving Journey is a conference to empower family caregivers with knowledge, resources and opportunities and will feature educational sessions throughout the day. There is also an exhibit hall where attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from local organizations and companies that offer products and services available to family caregivers and those in their care.

Pat Manalio, Director at Strategic Management Partners, says, “We are so fortunate to have the support of our sponsors and exhibitors. These folks offer options to seniors, their families and caregivers that are so important in this day and age. Without their support, our caregivers wouldn’t have the information they need to assist them in their daily lives. We are thrilled to be able to bring this conference to caregivers across the Northern Virginia area, and to connect them to the resources that will help make life easier for them and their loved ones.”

For those needing respite care during the conference, Griswold Homecare NoVA West will be providing this service for attendees at the conference at no additional charge. To register for the conference go to the website, mycaregivingjourney.com.


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