Healthcare Motivational Speaker – Keynote Speaker, Dr. Aaron Blight
Dr. Aaron Blight knows caregiving. His transformation to caregiving expert began when he was a healthcare policy leader at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Despite the fact that he was writing national healthcare policy for the elderly, it was not until his mother-in-law’s brain tumor was discovered, and the corresponding call of family caregiving came, that he began to truly understand the scope and significance of caregiving on a personal level. Aaron and his wife, Jessica, spent more than five years caring for Jessica’s relatively young mother as she received cancer treatments and experienced steady cognitive and physical decline.
Dr. Aaron Blight was engaging and relatable, and his presentation the best I have ever heard on caregiving. His experience in the many facets of the topic are unparalleled and he gets the information out to the audience in a way that we all, currently caregivers or not, couldn’t look away. Many sought him out after the presentation and, like myself, were pleased to see that he is just as knowledgeable and impactful off the stage as on it.
We hired Aaron to speak at our annual Social Worker Symposium. He listened to what we wanted and beautifully created a presentation that fit our attendees and the needs of our event perfectly. Aaron is a pro! The day was not without obstacles and Aaron handled a last minute change of plan flawlessly. The feedback from our attendees was outstanding. I highly recommend him!
Although he started his home care company with a desire to focus on senior care and the affected families, interactions with employees led Aaron to care equally about his staff. The industry’s challenge of caregiver turnover motivated Aaron to discover how to recruit and retain highly motivated direct care aides. Developed in connection with his doctoral degree, Aaron's research offers significant insights about how caregivers experience and embrace their roles.
Dr. Blight speaks to groups all over the world about caregivers and caregiving. He invites audiences to think deeply about the meaning and phenomenon of caregiving. He offers insights from writing national healthcare policy, serving as a family caregiver, owning a large home care company, and contributing original academic research to the field. As a natural storyteller and group facilitator, he engages audiences in discussions about a cause close to his heart.