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Conference Details & Registration Information

Click here and Register today for the 24thAnnual Caregiver Conference to be held at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA on Friday, April 5, 2019. Your privacy is important to us and will only be used to contact you if needed, and to inform you of future conferences if you choose.

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Speaker Information

Keynote Speaker: Jolene Brackey

Topic: Caring for the Caregivers". 

Jolene Brackey, BA - Founder of Enhanced Moments and author of the book, Creating Moments of Joy. Nationwide speaker in Alzheimer’s education. She has a B.A. from Iowa State University and extensive experience with people who have Alzheimer’s. Jolene’s passion is to change society’s attitude toward aging by inspiring minds, rejuvenating spirits, and empowering people to make a difference in the way we care for our elders

learn more on here website here.

Afternoon Guest Speakers

Hilary Walker, OT, on Advanced Care Planning

Hilary Walker is the Program Coordinator for Advance Care Planning for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham Washington. Hilary comes to this work after many years as a Geriatric Occupational Therapist in Acute Care, Home Health and Skilled Nursing Facility settings. Hilary is an active participant in the state-wide initiative of Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest and sits on the Washington state end-of-life-care coalition as well as the state-wide POLST task force.

Hilary will offer an overview of advance care planning, different document options in Washington State and discuss the FREE Advance Care Planning workshops offered monthly called, YOUR VOICE - YOUR CHOICE, where participants are guided through the simple, yet thought-provoking process of completing an advance directive. Her workshops are informative, comfortable, and FUN!

Carli Barrios, SLP, speaking on how caregiving impacts your brain health

Speech Language Pathologist and owner of Catalyst Therapies outpatient therapy clinic in Bellingham, Washington, Carli specializes in geriatric care including treatment of cognitive impairment, language impairment, and swallowing disorders.

Carli Barrios will discuss the effects of stress on cognitive function for caregivers and the people who are being cared for. She will utilize her expertise in cognitive function and brain health along with her experience caring for patients and family units to facilitate the learning of functional strategies for identifying stress in yourself and your loved ones.

Elizabeth Deboo, PT, Meditation and Energy Specialist

Elizabeth Deboo is a Physical Therapist with 23 years of experience, and owner of Expanding Pathways. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and a Certified Meditation Instructor. With her experience and education in Physical Therapy, she brings a unique approach to meditation. She'll be sharing on how stress effects health. She will also teach and guide you through simple meditation and breathing exercises that you can implement in your every-day life.

Vendor Sponsor Information

We invite you to come join us and showcase your business as a conference sponsor. Check out the different opportunities here, deadline is Jan 15, 2018.

You can seen an example of last year's agenda below. This year's will be coming soon! 

Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!

Thank you to our Food Sponsors!

Thank you to our Relaxation Sponsors!

Thank you to our Media Sponsors!


Luncheon Sponsor: Home Instead Senior Care

The Home Instead Senior Care® franchise, locally owned and operated by Amy Benson, is one of the most  trusted networks of home care worldwide. A leader in the non-medical home care industry, we work to  support seniors in their desire to live healthy independent lives with the support of our licensed, bonded and well-trained CAREGivers.  Home Instead Senior Care is dedicated exclusively to helping seniors stay in their homes, wherever home may be, as they age.

Speaker:  Whatcom Hospice, Jodi Newcomer

Jodi Newcomer, Program Manager for Whatcom Hospice will share the ins and outs of hospice and how to help identify when someone is ready for hospice. She will also share about their new outpatient palliative care program!


Luncheon Sponsor:  Rosewood Villa

Rosewood Villa is a quaint 66 apartment assisted living community in the heart of Bellingham. Centrally located by Joe’s Garden, Rosewood Villa is proud of the care they provide to all their residents. People who live here are happy to call it home with a full activity calendar, weekly outings, great food and phenomenal nursing care. As a staple of Bellingham’s assisted living communities we are happy to keep up the tradition of providing the best care in Whatcom County to all our older adults, just as we have for the last 40 years.

If you haven’t seen our newly remodeled home please stop by for a tour and lunch on us. We look forward to seeing you.

Speaker: Melissa Fraser BA, CDP

Washington State Department of Health

Melissa will be talking about addiction as a brain disease, signs that someone might be diverting medications and what to do if you see it.


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