Register: Care and Share: Our Big Ideas

We need change. We need to create a better way to care for our family caregivers and former family caregivers.

During five days in October, we’re sharing our big ideas to create change.

We’d love for you to join us to share your feedback to our big ideas during our special virtual event, Care and Share: Our Big Ideas which we’ll broadcast live via Zoom. We’ll also record our sessions for those attendees who may not be able to attend all the live events.

We are grateful when you join us as these events give us an opportunity for you to meet our training program graduates. In addition, the ideas you share help our training program participants better understand the needs of family caregivers which helps improve their services.

Our event will last for five days beginning October 5 and will offer daily one-hour sessions beginning at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT). Register to join Care and Share: Our Big Ideas.

We’re inspired by the short delivery of Ted Talks. We’re tweaking the format to present our audience four ideas each day. During our one-hour sessions, two presenters will each have 10 minutes to deliver an overview of their big idea. After their presentations, the presenters will engage the audience in a conversation about their ideas, including answering questions.

Presenters will:

  • Share their big ideas.
  • Describe why the big idea is needed and how the big idea will spark change.
  • Motivate the audience to take action to help make the change a reality.

Register to join Care and Share: Our Big Ideas.


Monday, October 5 at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT)

Idea: The Empowerment Project for Family Caregivers
Presenter: Dannelle LeBlanc
The Empowerment Project for Family Caregivers is a hub of resources, educational information, and community initiatives for BIPOC family caregivers that empowers to drive discussion and solutions to bridge the gaps in healthcare access, standard of care, and support for caregiving concerns specific to the caregiving experience of these underserved individuals.

Idea: Making Better Financial Decisions
Presenter: Brian Stumpf
Managing our personal finances can be difficult on its own, and when you add the demands of caregiving into the mix, choices become even more complicated. We want to be present for our loved ones. We want to support them emotionally and perhaps even financially. But in addition to these demands, we need to provide for ourselves and our families. And shouldn’t we be saving for our future as well? During this talk, we will discuss how to overcome cognitive biases (systematic errors our brains make) that affect our personal finances. And how making sound financial choices will provide for your future without robbing the present for you and those you care for.

Tuesday, October 6 at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT)

Idea: Everyone Needs a Personal End-of-Life Plan
Presenter: Beth Suereth
During a period of great emotional stress, the less you and your family need to focus on making critical decisions, the more you can fully focus on caring for a loved one according to the individual’s wishes. Developing and sharing an end-of-life plan in advance helps families avoid conflict about how to handle details and brings greater peace of mind for all during the final days.

Idea: The Caregiving Hero’s Journey
Presenter: Tanya Straker
Caring for a chronically ill adult is a major life event, like having a baby or getting married. Understood within the context of Joseph Campbell’s concept of the hero’s journey, a family caregiver can, with appreciation and intent, transform her or his life in the process, using the experience to prepare for life’s next big thing.

The stories that inspire us follow a sequence of events. The hero is called to a mission, they cross the threshold into a mythical world. In the course of carrying out the mission, the hero confronts and overcomes multiple challenges supported by mentors and strangers. Once the mission is complete the hero, transformed, is challenged to find their way home. Placing Denise Brown’s Caregiving Years within the context of hero’s journey gives family caregivers an even bigger picture within which to understand this most important phase of their lives.

The Caregiver’s Hero’s Journey can be a valuable perspective for caregivers in any phase of the caregiving years. However it can be of most value to family caregivers struggling with their role, as well as caregivers in the transition and god-speed stages. Connecting with the hero’s stories that inspire them, and then with their own journey, they can find the purpose in caregiving within their own lives. They can come to understand how their caree is supporting them living their best life. With the model as a guide, they can value their decision to heed the call, acknowledge growth, gain insight into their strengths and get excited about what’s next.

Wednesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT)

Idea: UAMS Family Caregiver Workshops Replicated Across the Country
Presenter: Tanya Straker
Every family caregiver caring for a caree in the home should have access to free, instructor led family caregiving workshops. States should be encouraged by the Administration on Aging to adopt the University of Arkansas (UAMS) model: two four-hour workshops are made available across the state, on a regular basis. One workshop focuses on physical skills. The other focuses on caring for persons with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. If offered online, classes should be instructor led allowing participants to ask questions. Funding would be made available to states through the Administration on Aging.

Idea: Health Care Systems Issue Family Caregivers Lab Coats
Presenter: Denise Brown
Family caregivers are critical members of the care team but can be overlooked. When family caregivers wear lab coats, which reflect the extensive knowledge of the caree’s care needs, the health care system ensures family caregivers become an active participant in discussions and decisions related to their carees.

Thursday, October 8, at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT)

Idea: Each Caree will have designated Essential Caregiver
Presenter: Bobbi Carducci
An essential caregiver will be recognized as the decision maker for the caree and with rights equal to those afforded the parent or guardian of a minor. essential caregivers will be allowed into the hospital or facility at any time, including during quarantine and after hours. Doctors and medical professional, care home staff, etc. will communicate with the essential caregiver regarding all decisions affecting the caree.

Idea: Fall Squads in Our Community
Presenter: Denise Brown
When my mom falls, my parents call me for help. What if I’m not available? Calling our local fire department may not be the right solution for my parents nor the best use of the fire department’s resources. What if we had a fall squad, a trained volunteer service that helps when someone falls at home?

Friday, October 9, at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT)

Idea: Every Organization Needs a Chief Caregiving Officer
Presenter: Denise Brown
We need a Chief Caregiving Officer in our organizations. The CCO can lead a team that manages the family leave policy, provides support services to caregiving and grieving employees, and provides training to managers so they can have effective conversations with those caregiving and grieving employees.

Idea: Family Directed Care Funded by Long-Term Care Insurance
Presenter: Rachel Hiles
Long-term care insurance can be a lifesaver. However, many policies limit the ways you can use long term care insurance, and still charge you a premium if your loved one chooses to stay at home. In this presentation, I will share my ideas for improving the family friendliness of long-term care insurance provisions and billing.


We’ve been approved to provide 5 continuing education hours for the professionals, below, who attend Our Big Ideas event. Continuing education hours are provided by the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in collaboration with the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois.

  • Certified Dementia Practitioner®
    We can provide 5 continuing education credits for Certified Dementia Practitioners® in all 50 states.
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
    We can provide 5 continuing education credits for Certified Senior Advisors® in all 50 states.
  • Nurses
    We can provide 5 continuing education credits for nurses in all 50 states.
  • SHRM Professional Development Credits
    This program is valid for 5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM in all 50 states.
  • Professional Coaches
    Professional coaches can earn 5 hours for resource development in all 50 states.

We also can provide 5 CEUs for the following Illinois professions:

  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker


Our registration will open on September 1 and registration is free except for those requiring CEUs. You can register to earn as many as 5 CEUs (1 CEU per day) for a cost of $20. Register to join Care and Share: Our Big Ideas.

We’ll offer CEUs for SHRM professionals who will gain helpful insights to support their grieving employees. We’re pending approval to offer CEUs for nurses, Certified Dementia Practitioners and Certified Senior Advisors in 50 states as well as health care professionals in Illinois. We’ll keep you posted on when we receive approval for these designations.

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2 thoughts on “Register: Care and Share: Our Big Ideas”

  1. Can you clarify if the cost is $20 for each CEU or if the cost of the 5 CEU”s is $20.

    The advertisement brochure makes it seem that it is $20 for 5 CEU’s.

    When I tried to register it was registering me for the first course for $20 for 1 CEU.

    Mary Alexander

    1. Denise Brown

      Hi Mary, So glad you will join us! You purchase one ticket for the five-day event. The cost of 5 CEUs is $20. When you register, just click for one ticket for the event and then select CEUs for $20 which covers the cost for the 5 CEUs. (I also sent you an email with this information.)

      See you next week!

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