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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.

18th Annual Striking a Balance Caregiver Conference

Times & Location

8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Aug. 24, 2019
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 respite care during the event.

Keynote Speaker — Dr. Eboni Green, Ph.D. in Human Services

Dr. Eboni Green

Green is the President and CEO of Caregiver Support Services, a nonprofit that specializes in supporting family and professional caregivers through direct training and consulting. Green has extensive experience focused on caregivers' health and wellness with an emphasis on caregiver stress, burnout, and related family conflicts.

She is a faculty member of several universities where she teaches courses such as Health Care Ethics, Leadership in Health Care, and Stress Management and Wellness. In 2002, she became the Nebraska State Representative for the Caregiver Action Network. 

Green has authored three books – At the Heart of the Matter, Caregiving in the New Millennium, and Reflections from the Soul – and currently writes a monthly article that focuses on self-care among caregivers. She was the resource editor of Take Care, from 2004 to 2006, and has contributed to a number of publications and given presentations throughout the nation that focus on training, assessing and supporting caregivers.

The keynote address will take place over lunch.

Breakout Sessions

This year's conference will feature a number of breakout sessions on topics related to family caregivers' needs. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. and take place in multiple rooms of the hotel. Each session will last about an hour and 15 minutes.

 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m 1:15 p.m.
Dealing with Grief
Eboni Green
  Q&A with Eboni Green
Combatting Fraud and Scams
Positive Apporach to Care
Steve Catoe, Alzheimer's Texas
Q&A: Positive Approach to Care
Steve Catoe, Alzheimer's Texas
Caregiving at Home and Medications Safety Tips
Dr. Christy Khoury-Dennis & Mary Duran
Advanced Care Planning
Trelisha Brown
Q&A: Advanced Care Planning
Trelisha Brown

Stephen Catoe — C.A.L.M., C.A.D., C.D.P., C.V.W., C.P.A.C.

Catoe began his gerontology career in 1998 earning certifications in gerontology and gerontology cast management. He later became a certified activity director through the National Council of Certified Activity Professionals and began working as memory care director in 2001 after becoming a certified assisted living manager. Catoe has trained with internationally renowned dementia educators. 
He is certified in the Feil Method of Validation by Naomi Feil and the Validation Institute with The George Institute as well as first person certified as a Positive Approach to Care Consultant, Certified Trainer and Certified P.A.C. Dementia Coach. The Positive Approach to Care is an innovative therapy model created by Teepa Snow for working with people living with dementia.

Dr. Christy Khoury-Dennis

Khoury-Dennis received a bachelor of science in Biology from the University of Texas in Arlington and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. She has contracted with the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area since 2014 to provide Medication Screening service for older adults in the community. For more than 10 years, Khoury-Dennis has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings; community, retail and long-term care. 

Mary Duran

Duran is owner of Cella Bella Senior Services, a non-medical home health agency providing professional, compassionate and quality homecare options for daily living. Duran has background in health care and business with a passion for helping others. She has received awards from the community for outstanding volunteer and humanitarian efforts. Making the decision to open Cella Bella’s Senior Services was inspired by her parents and her desire to provide outstanding care to others.

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

Last year's conference

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Barry J. Jacobs

Finding Gratitude and Positive Meaning in Family Caregiving

Family caregiving brings strains and gains. The challenge for everyone is to minimize the strains and maximize the gains in order to make caring for a loved one a positive, enriching experience. Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. will share stories and strategies for finding caregiving's positive rewards, including personal and spiritual growth, an enhanced sense of purpose, and the gratification of knowing you are making a vital difference in the life of your family.

As a clinical psychologist and family therapist, Jacobs 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.

The keynote discussion will take place at noon over lunch.

Breakout Sessions

9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
Working Family Caregivers Can Find the Right Balance Sleep Changes through Aging, Behavioral Approaches to Improve Sleep Male Caregivers, Working Caregivers, and the Rewards of Caregiving
Real Men are Family Caregivers, Too Nutrition and Aging, Challenges and Solutions Sleep Changes and Effective Behavioral Approaches

I'm a Caregiver, Now What?

  Nutrition and Quality of Life

Working Family Caregivers Can Find the Right Balance
Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D.
Working caregivers rarely relax. While at work, they are worried about their loved ones at home. While at home, they feel guilty about their uncompleted work assignments. It is little wonder that 70 percent of working caregivers eventually have to cut back on or quit work altogether. Yet there are strategies for better balancing work and caregiving and finding joy in both. Mayer will offer ideas for sustaining a positive outlook, receiving validation and caring for yourself.

Real Men Are Family Caregivers, Too
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.
Our stereotypical image of the family caregiver is the dutiful and devoted daughter. Yet nearly 40 percent of American family caregivers today are men caring for aging parents or disabled spouses. More men are performing medical and nursing tasks with loved ones, as well as feeding, dressing and toileting. Many of them are holding down full-time jobs at the same time. They often feel stressed but keep their feelings to themselves.  Jacobs will talk about the special challenges and privileges of being a male caregiver and discuss the particular ways men can best gain support in order to fulfill their caregiving missions. 

I’m a Caregiver...Now What?
Lori Hill, CaregiverU Program Associate at AGE of Central Texas
People sometimes find themselves in the role of caregiver suddenly or unexpectedly. Usually, there is no orientation or “on-the-job training” for those who care for a family member, friend or neighbor, and they are left to figure things out as they go. Hill will discuss useful information about what to do early in the caregiving journey, the importance of self-care and different options for respite care.

Sleep Changes Through Aging and Behavioral Approaches to Improve Sleep
Dr. Patricia A. Carter, PhD, RN, CNS
Carter will lead a talk about how sleep changes for people with dementia and how sleep influences the caregiver's ability to continue in the role. She will address how the caregiver can manage the sleep-wake of the person with dementia and their own sleep.

Nutrition and Aging Challenges and Solutions
Audrey Bludau Poche, Licensed Dietitian
Meeting nutritional needs as individuals age presents a variety of challenges. Poche will present will about the nutrition challenges and provide some practical solutions for caregivers.

> 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.

The Hosts

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area logo. Age of Central Texas logo, two trees growing around each other.

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and AGE of Central Texas are proud partners in presenting Striking a Balance 2019, the 18th 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.