Benevilla Caregiver Connect
Friday, March 6, 2020
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Bellevue Heights Church: 9440 W Hutton Dr, Sun City, AZ 85351
Are you a family member caring for a loved one? The Benevilla Caregiver Connect is a free event offered to family caregivers providing expert guidance, valuable information and in-person advice for support on their caregiver journey.
Join us for Complimentary Birt’s Bistro Breakfast | Expert Presentations | Senior Care Vendors | & More!
Please call 623.584.4999 today to RSVP. Space is limited.
Keynote Speaker #1 : Dr. Maribeth Gallagher with Hospice of the Valley
The Language of Distressed Behaviors
“The Language of Distressed Behaviors” will dig deep into distressed behaviors which often serve as a form of communication and often indicate the person living with dementia is experiencing discomfort in body, mind and/or spirit. As one’s ability to communicate using verbal language declines, emotional expressions and physical behaviors commonly signal unmet needs. Dr. Gallagher will share how to use a ‘soft approach’ and sensory strategies to maximize comfort and connection.
Keynote Speaker #2 : Lori Nisson, MSW, LCSW
Family & Community Services Director:Banner Alzheimer’s Institute/Phoenix/Tucson & Banner Sun Health Research Institute/Sun City
Ambiguous Loss: Living with Uncertainly
“Ambiguous Loss”: Living with Uncertainty” will discuss caregiver stress and burden, often misunderstood, with the real culprit being ambiguous loss. Ambiguous loss is unclear, has no resolution and no closure. Progressive, chronic conditions like dementia can create ambiguous loss whereby the person is physically present but psychologically absent as they once were. This can be confusing and overwhelming for family caregivers and cause them to feel helpless and immobilized. This program defines ambiguous loss and provides concrete strategies to infuse hope, meaning and promote self-care.