Virtual Caregiver Conference - The Caregiver Experience: Tools to Assist in the Journey

The Caregiver Experience: Tools to Assist in the Journey

January 28 - January 29, 2021

Choose from 3 options to attend:

  • Live web conferencing session: Thursday, Jan 28, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Live web conferencing session: Friday, Jan. 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Recorded videos: Watch the recorded sessions of the conference at the date and time of your convenience

  • CEUs available.

Thank you to Ashland and Bayfield & Iron County Dementia Care Network for the dedication, hard work and coordination of this event.

Session 1: Other Me’s: My Caregiver Experience with Lewy Body Dementia

Presenter: Jim Adams, retired educator, and Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association

  • Jim Adams describes how he and his family dealt with the effects of Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson’s Disease during the last two years of his wife Diane’s life. He discusses the differences between Alzheimer’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia, the progression of Diane’s physical and mental symptoms, including Capgras Syndrome which caused Diane to believe there were multiple Jim’s living in the house, and provides insight into how he, as a caretaker, and his family dealt with this devastating disease.

Session 2: Navigating Grief

Presenters: Regional Hospice Services, Inc. Panelists include: Abby Johnson, Volunteer; Jim Stroede, Spiritual Care Coordinator; Lynda Anderson, Executive Director; Suzanne Ballantyne, Director of Social Services

  • Regional Hospice team members will discuss bereavement, grief support, and share stories from bereavement calls to those that have lost loved ones. We will describe our organization's commitment to supporting caregivers and all who have lost loved ones in our communities, and highlight a very personal story of loss. In this session, you will learn of tools to support caregivers as they anticipate loss and grieve after losing a loved one, understand challenges in grieving during a pandemic, and understand how using Hospice support allowed a caregiver to focus on a very special relationship.

Session 3: You Don't Have to Care Alone

Presenters: Chelsea Thompson, Social Worker, AFCSP coordinator, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Douglas County; and Luann Teige, Deputy Director, Caregiver and Evidence-Based Health Program Coordinator, Senior Connections

  • This presentation will provide information on two specific programs available in Wisconsin for caregivers who are looking for more supports and services in their communities.  Participants will learn about AFCSP, who is eligible, what services are provided, and how to access it.

Bonus content! Recorded videos available for all participants on self-care topics.

  • Dementia Friendly Business by Natalie Schmaltz

  • Music & Memory by Ann Marie Mackin

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers by Sarah Uitto & Natasha McFadden

  • Walking with Ease by Mindi Smee


Step 1: Click below to select the date/time or format you want to attend, press the RSVP now button and complete the short form (note: Internet Explorer is not compatible with this form).

  1. Thursday, 1/28, 1-4 pm (live webinar)
  2. Friday, 1/29, 9am-12 pm (live webinar)
  3. Recorded presentations – watch anytime without live internet connection needed. Click link from an email, press play and watch.

Step 2: If you’re a family caregiver within the 14-county coverage area (Barron, Rusk, Washburn, Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Douglas, Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Pierce, Dunn, St. Louis (MN)), our conference sponsors will be covering the cost of your registration. No other action is needed.

For professionals who need to register for CEU hours or those caregivers who are outside our 14-county coverage area (see list above), please email for additional information and next steps. Class details: Cost: $35 ($21.11 for 62+); class number: 25099; catalog number: 47-520-405


Bronze Level Sponsors:

Alzheimer’s Association WI Chapter

Amery Memory Care

Heritage Lakeside

Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Become a Sponsor!

The five regional coalitions from throughout Northwest Wisconsin have joined forces to offer a series of virtual Caregiver Conferences for the 2020-21 year!  Becoming a sponsor allows you to be a part of this amazing event and give your organization prime electronic and print visibility to an audience of caregivers. Your sponsorship supports all five virtual conferences that will take place in September, November, January, March and May.

Please review the sponsorship overview for more details, then complete and submit your sponsorship agreement form. Payment can be either by mailing a check or via credit card using the sponsorship payment link below.


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