Essentials of Caregiving – Caring for the Caregiver

Event Date & Time

April 19, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Location

555 Funston Pl San Antonio, TX 78209


Event Details:
This session will give an overview of tips to keep you healthy in your role in as a caregiver as well as provide information about common areas of family conflict and communication tips that help prevent conflict.

Objectives:

  • Overview of the consequences of taking on the caregiving role and why self-care is critical
  • Identify personal barriers to self-care
  • Discuss strategies for self-care
  • Discuss how illness can impact on family dynamics
  • Communication strategies to support family interactions

This presentation is being provided in partnership with San Antonio Botanical Garden and Arden Courts.

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About the Speaker(s)

Kimberly Haney has been an aging life care manager with Sage Care Management since 2008. She received a Master of Social Work degree from the Worden School of Social Services at Our Lady of the Lake University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard Payne University. She has worked extensively with psychiatric disorders and in case management. Kimberly is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas. She also holds an Advanced Certification in Social Work Case Management from the National Association of Social Workers and is an advanced member of the Aging Life Care Association(TM). Kimberly is also Care Manager Certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Her favorite part of care management is building relationships with families.

Charlie Mason grew up in San Antonio, attended East Central High School, and graduated from St. Mary's University with a master's degree in counseling. He spent 29 years working in the criminal justice field, first with the Texas State Parole Office and then 25 years with United States Pretrial Services. He retired from Pretrial Services in 2016 after Robert, his husband and partner of 22 years, was diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer's. Robert passed away from Alzheimer's after a five-year battle with the disease. Charlie married Michael Pacheco in 2022 and is currently a substitute teacher at San Antonio Academy. He volunteers for the Alzheimer's Association as a substitute facilitator for the caregiver support group and has volunteered for the Caring for the Caregiver program for educational and support videos. Charlie and Michael are both dedicated to doing what they can to help those impacted by Alzheimer's

Arturo D. Rodriguez and Mary Lou have been happily married for over six decades. They first met in high school and tied the knot in 1963. Together, they have two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren. Except for a six-year period when Arturo served in the Defense Department, the couple has called San Antonio home for most of their lives. Both Arturo and Mary Lou have retired and are enjoying their golden years. Unfortunately, Mary Lou has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease for the past six to seven years. While medication has slowed the progression of the disease, it's becoming increasingly challenging for them to manage. Despite this, they remain positive and take each day as it comes.

Linda Sendaula describes herself as a “professional volunteer.” It is a title she fully embraces. As a professional volunteer, she works in only one area: education for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. She became an Alzheimer’s advocate when her husband, Henry, was diagnosed with early onset in 2009. She was challenged to take care of him as the disease progressed. He trusted her to be the best caregiver and wanted her to not only care for him but also to take care of herself. Before becoming a full-time caregiver in 2012, she worked in leadership positions in human resources in higher education in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Texas. She believes without any reservation that, although very difficult, this is the most rewarding endeavor she has ever experienced

Kathleen Schock is a long-time resident of San Antonio. She earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MEd from Trinity University, San Antonio. She is a retired educator from North East ISD, having taught at Lee, MacArthur, and Madison High Schools. Kathleen is a mother to two sons and a caregiver for her husband. She enjoys volunteering (currently OWL Radio), reading (especially historical fiction), and swimming (only when it is warm). Kathleen likes travel and will never say no to a trip to the beach.