Speakers Bureau

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We would be happy to come to your church, business or organization to present information on caregiving, including relevant aging topics and helpful resources. St. John’s Community Care speakers are experts in the field of elder care, dementia and family dynamics. Our presentations focus on helping aging and disabled people live at home as independently and as long as possible and helping family caregivers and their loved ones experience less stress. With this information, caregivers can often avoid having to sacrifice their employment, daily responsibilities, health, rest and/or leisure activities.

Below is a list of presentations that are helpful to those family caregivers of an aging or disabled loved one. Please email a speaking request to mathmer@stjohnscc.org Include date you would like a speaker, location and number of people in the audience.

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–          Family Dynamics – Caring for a disabled parent or spouse can create tensions between the primary caregiver, the person needing care, and/or other family members, whether or not those relatives are participating in the care.  When siblings don’t agree on what is needed or appropriate care for a parent, the result can be inadequate care, frustration and anxiety for the primary caregiver, and strained relationships.  Caregivers benefit from understanding why siblings do not understand the situation (denial; lack of information; past or existing relationship with the person needing care).  Family also needs to be sensitive to the parent’s desire to remain independent, make their own decisions, etc.  Similar issues develop between spouses as roles change.  This presentation will help the audience look at their family dynamics with a fresh eye.  If time allows, the speaker will address specific issues posed by those attending.

stop2–          Caregiver Burnout – Caring for a disabled parent or spouse for an extended period is exhausting, both physically and emotionally.  Caring for someone with memory loss or dementia is especially challenging.  Burnout can be avoided or reduced by recognizing that the caregiver must make self-care a priority.  Very often, that includes accepting that outside help is necessary in order for the caregiver to take a break (a few hours, daily, a weekend, or a week).  Guilt often prevents the caregiver from engaging outside help if the person needing care objects, but this is short-sighted.  This presentation will help caregivers understand why they need and deserve a respite from caregiving and share strategies for helping the person needing care understand and accept this change in their expectations.

folder–          Conversations On Caregiving (local resources) – This 90 minute interactive presentation includes information and resources relating to:  family dynamics, caregiver burnout, legal and financial issues, possible financial resources (veterans benefit; long-term care insurance; state programs), types of help available (in-home; meals; transportation), residential options and how they differ (senior housing; subsidized housing; assisted living; supportive living; memory care); mental health support specifically for seniors and caregivers; support groups; help with Medicare enrollment and problem solving; and local organizations which can meet these needs.  Attendees receive a folder of resource information.