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Keynote Speaker, Dr. Aaron Blight
Building Caregiver Resilience: A Framework for Care
Caregivers are usually so busy with the tasks of caregiving that they rarely reflect upon the significance of their activities, including how caring changes their identity: their view of self, their relationships with others, and their place in society. This thoughtful and inspiring presentation draws upon research to explain caregiving as a phenomenon of social science. Knowledge gained from the discussion will offer caregivers a framework for 1) processing their experiences and 2) developing the resilience needed to continue supporting the people who depend on them.
Audience: All Caregivers
On the Giving of Care — For Healthcare Providers
How can your organization find and keep the best care professionals in an increasingly competitive labor market? The answer lies in 1) acquiring a deeper understanding of the lived experience of your employees and then 2) aligning your organization’s HR efforts in the most commensurate way. This moving presentation breaks down caregiving into four component parts and reviews implications for the employment of care professionals.
Audience: Medical, Health, Long Term Care, Social Care Providers
Care for Others, Care for Yourself
People who are caregivers usually offer themselves to others with little thought of recognition or reward. However, it’s important for caregivers to know that in addition to caring for others, they must also take care of themselves. This compelling presentation emphasizes the giving and receiving of care – not only for others but also for oneself – as imperatives for wellness.
Audience: All Caregivers
Aaron Blight, Ed.D., the author of When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative, is an international speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare. He is the Founder of Caregiving Kinetics and has been recognized as a “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare.
Aaron Blight has written a must read guide for anyone about to embark on the journey of caregiving. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Aaron speak knows his ability to capitivate his audience while he delivers valuable information. This book is much like sitting in the room with Aaron, full of practical advice that is delivered in a relatable style. I wish I had this book when I became a caregiver.
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!
Aaron’s passion for supporting caregivers is rooted in his personal experience as a family caregiver; his professional work as the owner of a large home care company and as a leader at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and his study of caregiving as a phenomenon of social science.
Aaron serves as an Adjunct Professor at Shenandoah University, an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association, and an advisory board member of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and a doctorate degree from The George Washington University.
Aaron and his wife, Jessica, live outside of Washington DC, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They have four children and two grandchildren. Aaron enjoys exercise, music, travel, cats, and ice cream.
Dr. Blight speaks with groups all over the world about caregiving. In workshops and conference talks, he invites participants to think deeply about the meaning and significance of their individual caregiving experiences.