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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.
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!
The years of family caregiving prompted Aaron to change the direction of his career, and he opened a home care company to help seniors and their families who were facing similar aging-related challenges. Over time, Aaron's business grew to rank among the largest and most successful local home care companies, as measured by virtually any industry standard.
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.
Framing the Care Experience: Foundational Support for Caregivers
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 their loved ones.
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.
Cracking the Caregiving Code (For Current and Future Caregivers)
Caregivers are usually so busy with the tasks of caregiving that they rarely reflect upon the meaning of their activities. Non-caregivers usually don’t think about caregiving much at all, even though caregiving will likely touch their lives in the future. This thoughtful, emotive, and inspiring presentation breaks down caregiving into four component parts, motivating caregivers to get help and non-caregivers to give help.