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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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!
Luncheon Sponsor: Highgate Senior Living
Our mission at Highgate Senior Living is to help residents live each day to the fullest, regardless of age or ailments. At Highgate, we take pride in our food, our purposeful-living programming, and our unique holistic approach to healthcare. Read more about our senior living services here.
Speaker Whatcom Council on Aging:
Molly Simons, Executive Director of the Bellingham Senior Center
Julie Meyers, Nutrition Director of Meals on Wheels
Whatcom Council on Aging representatives, Molly and Julie, will be sharing about upcoming fundraising events that will support The Bellingham Senior Center and the Meals on Wheels Programs in Whatcom County.
Luncheon Sponsor: Alderwood Park Health & Rehab
We at Alderwood Park Health and Rehab are committed to providing you and your loved ones professionally managed healthcare in a home-like setting. Our goal is to help each individual resident maximize their highest desired potential. We treat our residents and their families as valued friends and respected members in our community.
Speaker: Lake Whatcom Treatment Center
Britta Johnson at the Lake Whatcom Treatment Center will speak about outpatient mental health and counseling services available to seniors and other members of the community.
LWC’s purpose is to provide residential care, community outpatient mental health programs, and treatment in a psycho-social rehabilitation model for chronically mentally ill adults to facilitate their achieving and maintaining an optimal level of independence, health, and fulfillment.