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Striking a Balance

The Striking a Balance Caregiver Conference brings together local resources and national speakers to aid and educate family caregivers about their own situations and experiences. Striking a Balance is for nonprofessional caregivers, who are invited to share their own experiences with their peers during this day of learning from adult caregiving leaders.

17th Annual Striking a Balance Caregiver Conference

Times & Location

8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Aug. 25, 2018
8 a.m. onsite registration
Doubletree by Hilton Austin
6505 North Interstate Highway 35
Austin, Texas 78752

> Improve your caregiving experience; attend Striking a Balance.
> Get free repiste care during the event.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Barry J. Jacobs

As a clinical psychologist and family therapist, Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is one of the country’s leading thinkers, educators, and writers on family caregiving. As a clinical psychologist and family therapist, he specializes in counseling medical patients and their loved ones on how to cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses.

As an educator, Jacobs is the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Penn. and an adjunct faculty member at Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Institute for Clinical Psychology of Widener University. Jacobs is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association and a board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Jacobs, who is also a former journalist, writes an advice column for Take Care!, the National Family Caregivers Association newsletter. He is also the editor for the APA journal Families, Systems, & Health’s, In Sickness & Health column.

His first book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent, shares the knowledge Jacobs gained from personal experiences as a child of family caregivers and in his career. The book helps make sense of the turmoil in caregiving and teaches ways to cope with competing loyalties, role reversals, and the vicissitudes of illness.

Breakout Sessions

Details about Striking a Balances' breakout session will be available soon. Check back for details.

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Last year's conference

Keynote Speaker - Jane Meier Hamilton

The 2017 conference featured keynote speaker Jane Meier Hamilton, the CEO and Founder of Partners on the Path, LLC, which provides caregiver support programs to businesses that employ caregivers and nonprofits that support caregivers. A nurse for 40 years and family caregiver for 20, Hamilton has created research-based, resilience-building resources to help caregivers remain productive while working, and compassionate while caring.

Hamilton is a skilled consultant, educator, author, group facilitator and public speaker who has consulted with more than 150 organizations and presented more than 3,000 workshops and keynote addresses, nationwide. Her book, "The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care: Help for Your Caregiving Journey", covers the topics of managing caregiver stress, preventing compassion fatigue and coping with transition.

> Learn more about Hamilton and her work at Partners on the Path.

2017 Breakout Sessions

Family caregivers also will have a chance to attend a variety of breakout sessions that focus on topics related to their caregiving needs. Check back for further details about each session, but the current sessions are: 

  • Synchronization of Medications
  • The Resilient Caregiver
  • Addressing Difficult Behaviors Associated with Dementia
  • Financing Long-Term Care
  • How to Discuss "The Driving Issue" with Your Older Family Members

> Register to attend this year's Striking a Balance.

Respite care

Free off-site respite care for older adults will be available by reservation only at AGE’s Austin Adult Day Health Center, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, Texas 78705. To request respite, call AGE of Central Texas at 512-600-9275 by Aug. 22, 2018.

The Hosts

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area logo. 

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and AGE of Central Texas are proud partners in presenting Striking a Balance 2017, the 16th annual conference for family caregivers. The two organizations have partnered for more than a decade to bring resources together that will help caregivers not only provide better care for their loved ones but themselves as well.

> Discover more about AGE of Central Texas.
> Learn more about the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area.

AGE of Central Texas obtains sponsorships for the Striking a Balance program.

> Read a list of event sponsors on AGE of Central Texas' event page.


Area Agency on Aging programs are partially funded by Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.