Vital Resources for Caregivers at the Free Benevilla “Caregiver Connect” Event November 18th

November 09, 2022

Benevilla is excited to announce the return of their “Caregiver Connect” event as a live, in-person experience, Friday, November 18th from 9:00am until 1:00pm. This free educational event provides family caregivers with support, expert guidance, and valuable information to assist them on their caregiving journey. The event will be held at the First Baptist Church of Sun City West, 17419 N. Conquistador Drive in Sun City West.

Benevilla has been helping family caregivers since 1981 when they started as a crisis counseling service. “The Benevilla founders understood family caregivers were bearing a heavy burden caring for their loved ones often neglecting their own health” says Benevilla President and CEO, Joanne Thomson. “Today, 30 to 60 percent of caregivers pass from illnesses related to caregiver stress before the person they are caring for. That’s why getting family caregivers this type of support and information is crucial for our aging communities and their families.”

The cornerstone of the event will be several in-depth educational presentations from experts in the caregiving field. Dr. David Shprecher and Debra Witthar from Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) will present together highlighting updated research on dementia, Parkinson’s and movement disorders and the resources and support available to caregivers.

Katie Skvarce with the Alzheimer’s Association will give an overview of the science for Alzheimer’s research overall and talk about the new drug trials for Lecanemab and other developments. Kate Sawert with Geriatric Resources will talk about grief, loss and isolation around the holidays and ways to normalize these very universal feelings in her presentation “Overcoming Loneliness Especially During the Holidays.”

We know caregiving can often be stressful, so we have added a free class from Tina Ferguson with Artsy Smartsy who will host fun and relaxing “hands on” demonstrations of art and creative projects for caregivers to do with their loved ones.

The Benevilla Preferred Partners, local senior services providers, will also have table displays to supply important caregiver information to the attendees. They are experts in senior living options, home care choices, insurance alternatives, elder law, hospice and more. The Benevilla programs will also be on hand with information highlighting our new Benefitness Adaptive Gym, our Life Enrichment Programs and our free C.A.R.E.S. Resource Department including free support groups, home services, and educational workshops. There will be interactive health activities and a healthy breakfast will be available as well as snacks throughout the event.

Reservations are required. Please call 623-584-4999 or visit to reserve your space today. Thank You to the First Baptist Church of Sun City West for supplying the wonderful space for the event and to Acadia Pharmaceuticals for being our Benevilla Caregiver Support Groups Sponsor.