Caring for the Caregiver

More and more people are in a position of having to provide care for an aging or chronically ill parent, spouse or child. It isn't a role that is chosen, but one that is taken on because it is needed. This program discusses ways to be able to "do it" without burning out and how to find respite and relief for you, the caregiver. Where do you turn to for advice and guidance? How can these organizations  help?

Lisa Kendall has worked with Elders and their care partners for over 25 years, in settings including home health care, adult day programs, hospitals, and nursing homes.  Formerly Senior Consultant for Work and Family Services at Cornell University, Lisa is a medical social worker at the Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca & Tompkins County, runs a Caregiver support group for the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging, and maintains a small private practice.  She holds advance certification in clinical gerontology, is a trainer for the Sharing Your Wishes coalition in Tompkins County, and is a Certified Eden at Home trainer.  Lisa is a popular speaker on aging and Elder care issues at the local, state, and national level.
Contact info: (607) 351-1313    crossroadscounseling@hotmail.com

Joanne Kays has been the Program Director for Faith in Action Volunteers at the Broome County Council of Churches for the past 8 years. She is responsible for recruiting and training volunteer caregivers, who assist frail elderly clients as well as program fund development. Oversees coordination of activities of over 300 volunteers.
Joanne has recently completed training to teach Powerful Tools for Caregivers.She represents Broome County Council of Churches as a member of the Aging Futures Partnership. She is a member of the committee that established Social Connections for Senior Women, a social support group in Broome County. Joanne is a member of the Lourdes Parish Nurse Advisory Board.    Joanne was a family caregiver for her mother from 1996 through 1999.
Contact info:(607) 724-9130 ext. 304    jkays@broomecouncil.net

Guests: 
Lisa Kendall
Joanne Kays