Through her own experience of caring for family elders, Elaine K Sanchez developed a passion for helping others cope with the emotional stress of caregiving. She is the author of the unflinchingly honest and uproariously funny book, "Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver". She is the co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com, a video-based caregiver support program and writes the daily blog, "Caregiver Help Word of the Day". She has developed several online continuing education courses for nurses, long-term care administrators and mental healthcare professionals.
Elaine has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor! She approaches the changes of aging and illness, and proves that grace, humor and faith carries us through. Elaine's tender, gritty and uproariously funny style of delivery has the audience laughing through their tears!
Finding Hope and Humor in Caregiving..."and for this I take vitamins!"
Keynote - 45 to 90 minutes
In this presentation Elaine brings compassion, hope, and humor to some very difficult and delicate issues faced by family caregivers. The stories are based on her book, "Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver" and her own personal experience of caring for family elders.
Although this keynote is laugh-out-loud funny, it delivers a powerful message about understanding and coping with the emotional stress of caring for an aged, chronically ill, or disabled loved ones. Take-away messages:
- In order to care for the aged, disabled, and chronically ill, a person must first learn to care for him/herself
- Even in the very worst end of life situations, that there is still opportunity for mental and spiritual growth~As long as we have the ability to think and reason, we have the power to control our attitude toward any person, thing, or event
To get the most benefit/impact from Elaine's keynote, add one of her workshops:
Workshop: Caregiver Survival Training
The Four Horsemen Of Caregiving
Caring for an aging, chronically ill, or disabled loved one is one of the most difficult and generous acts of love any of us will ever be called upon to perform. There is nothing that can make the job of caregiving easy or stress free, but once you accept the fact that self-care is not about being selfish or self-centered, it may be easier for you to understand that in order for you to maintain the physical and emotional strength you need to care for your loved one, you must first learn to care for yourself. This workshop is designed for leading caregivers down the path of recognizing and coping with the anger, guilt, depression, and grief associated with caregiving. Caregivers also learn how to develop their own survival plan and the importance of:
- Setting limits
- Getting the right equipment
- Learning something new
- Staying connected socially
- Savoring happy memories
- Redefining fun
- Developing your spiritual nature
- Accepting help
- Discussing death
- Controlling your attitude