Sue Stults is the founder of the Care Conference at Shoreline Community Church. The 2019 conference takes place March 7 to provide education and support for caregivers. She invites not only older people who are already caregiving but people who foresee a time when they could become caregivers.
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The following is a podcast from a qualified senior care provider part on the answers for elders radio show. And Welcome back to answers for elders radio. And we have a first time very special guest, a lady by the name of Sue stalts. And Sue, you are the founder of the Care Conference that is coming up this next Thursday at Shoreline Community Church and I’m so glad to have you here. Sue. Welcome to their show. Thank you, Suzanne. So great to be here. I’m glad you’re here too, because you have quite a story. You have your published author beyond the rails. Is that we reaching beyond the rails, and you also have done some amazing work in the way of coaching caregivers, and here we are in caregiver month, and so it’s a perfect time to bring you on and talk about the special conference that’s going on at shoreline community church. So so tell me in about the care conference. The Care Conference takes place on Thursday, March seventh, and the event this is our fourth care conference we’ve had and it’s been a great conference to have. I find that there are so many people out there caring for a loved one, be at an aging parent or an ill parent, that they need tools and they need some education, ever, and they need needs support. And so that’s how the care conference actually was birthed and born, and so we’re so happy to be able to offer this to the attendees. And you know, it’s so true when you say that family caregivers need support. I you know, I have my own story with my mom, and I think even I’ve shared that in a previous conversation, that we both took care of our parents. Yes, and you know, it is overwhelming. And yes, national statistics show that. You know, there’s over close to sixty million family caregivers out there in the USA that are taking care of senior parents and forty percent of them lose their jobs. Yes, so many of them are kind of trying to figure out, you know, how to juggle so many aspects of their lives and certainly you can relate and I can relate and there’s so many of us right here in greater puget sound that are going through that and that’s why we’re spending the whole month of March to support the journey and to be there as a voice and be the caregivers voice because it’s wander important. So a little bit about the Care Conference. It is for family caregivers. Is that correct? It’s tell me who should go to a conference like yours. Well, I say everybody should attend. We just never know when our family, loved one or even a friend will need some kind of care, and so my thought is preparation, if we’re prepared ahead of time. And we are seeing early onset of dementia and we are seeing it in thirty five year olds, which is so alarmingly. Always e we yeah, we always thought that was something forward the senior citizen. And so also with motorcycle accidents, head trauma, those kind of things, things rock our world. And so I invite not just only the older people that are caring for loved on our spouse. I invite people that if you have that in your future, you foresee that time coming up. I say please come the caregivers. We find professional caregivers are coming and I just feel people should take the time because our generation does not prepare for the future. It doesn’t. And you know the other thing, I think that we think that by preparing for things like this, it’s almost like we’re deceiving our parents or we’re doing something behind their back because we may start to see some signs, but we don’t want to interfere, and that is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Well, I have it, you know, had when I’m what I have tried so hard to advocate for families is the more knowledge that you have up front, the easier you’re going to make it for your loved one and to provide a resource like you guys do. That is a wonderful support tool and in the ability to provide real resources for families that have senior adults. Maybe okay, today correct, but tomorrow there could happens, there could be an incident that your whole life turns into a tailspin, and sadly that’s what we see a lot, is that families are not prepared, and this is something I think that is such a value that you’re offering to the community. So thank you, you’re welcome. Well, I you know, also sixty percent of our society across the United States prefer the ostrich method of keeping their heads in the sand about future plans. And so my story talks about being thrusted into learning all of this information. With my dad’s cancer and after my dad passed, I thought people should not have to go this alone, and so that’s what got me into doing this conference. I will be one of the speakers at the conference, sharing about my new book and talking about how do we prepare, how do we deal with that role reversal that’s happening regardless if we want it or not? How do we deal with family dynamics when someone gets ill? And let’s talk about the crazy documents and the crazy vocabulary that we hear. And so that’s where my portion of speaking at the care conference is to prepare people. And that’s why my book is so important to be able to say take this, this is your resource, go home. Like you said, might not affect you today, but it takes one stroke, one slip on the ice and and someone you know is high and not only will their whole life change, but your whole life will change. It was exactly what you know in advance. Yes, makes such a difference, and I think yes, that’s really you know, if there’s one one underlying message, and almost every single segment that we do on this show, is to prepare in advance, that you’re honoring your family. So, and it’s not too hard to do. Sometimes we look at it as a mountain. We do. So we are talking again to sue stalts. She is the author of a groundbreaking book reaching beyond the rail and she is the founder of the Care Conference that will be held this coming Thursday, March seventh, at the shoreline community church. What time does it start? Give us me some details on it. Well, the event actually begins at thirty and we’ll go to seven. Excuse me, thirty, two, four PM. The doors actually open at hundred and forty five. We will have our community resources vendors set up, one for the early riser. They can come grab some coffee and go talk with the then unders. They’re there to help the attendees learn some information and then they we will all be in the same auditorium, which is really awesome. Will have I’ll be the speaker for the first two hours and then Tipa snow, a wonderful expert with dementia. She’s an international speaker. She’s very, very good and she’s comical as well, but she she will be talking about Alzheimer’s, the many forms of dementia, the ABC’s of dementia and why do people do what they do and that’s always a big question when you deal with dementia. Wise Mom doing that. And so the day will break. We will have an hour and fifteen break for lunch. We do provide a box lunch. That’s and so people will again have the opportunity to visit the vendors and then at one hundred and fifteen we will resume with Tipa until the end. We have a couple door prizes. I’ll be giving two of my books away and also will have a door prize of a backpack and I developed what’s called an emergency backpack. That we need. An emergency supply list is so awesome. We had traveled so many times my husband I to the ear room with his father, that we realized you might go in at two o’clock am in the morning, but you don’t get out till thirty the next day. And so we realize there were a lot of things that we didn’t have, such as our cell phone charger. We didn’t carry coins for the vending machine for food. We forgot to brush our teeth because we jetted out on an emergency. So no breath, men’s warm socks, has hearst or dad? Oh, you know, I remember so many like midnight trips. Yes, and my mother be laying on a Gurney and because she’s a senior, you know they get cold, they do. Bless her heart, she’s on that cold Gurney and she’d be freezing today. Yes, and it’s like just a pair of warm socks or excellent extra blanket of some sort is so important. Exactly. So, if you know we prepare for emergencies. Were always hearing about be prepared earthquakes or would have you. Why not have that pack at the front door or in your car just in case? It doesn’t hurt to have that. So we’ll be giving away a free backpack and some of the vendors will also be having some of their items available. So the day is going to be full. There is a cost to attend this and we are asking people to pre register as soon as possible. That way they can get on our list and then choose if they’d like to bring their own lunch or purchase one of our box lunches for the events. So it’ll be an awesome day, lots of fun and a lot of information, but I think people will walk away with tools from both Tiapa and myself that they can go home and use right away. That’s wonderful. And you guys will be at the Shoreline Community Church and that address is one hundred and twenty five northeast, one hundred and eighty five street, and that is in shoreline. And if somebody wants to preregister online, do you want me to give it? Sure, Ug ahead. She’s got it here. Shoreline CCCOM. That’s shoreline CCCOM forwards Lash Care Conference and there’s no space in between care conference. So and if somebody wants to sign up, the cost, I believe, is forty five. Did you say? Yes, forty five dollars. And if you want a box lunch, which is great, it’s only five bucks. So you can’t go out to lunch for that for sure. And obviously there’s a great opportunity there for if you’re a family caregiver something like that, to connect with, you know, other family caregivers, other providers, people that can answer your questions and certainly have an afternoon of just, you know, filling your heart. And I think that’s really what’s most important. Important here is it you? If you’re taking care of a loved one, there are resources out there. We want you to be a part of our you know, I always say joint get involved in some sort of a support group, which is so important, and it sounds to me like you’ve got an amazing thing to so how do we reach you? Well, you can reach me at shoreline community church and there’s a phone number. Suzanne. I don’t know if you saw that, but there’s a phone number that they can call me at the church. I am right now. I’m just a volunteer. I’ve been a volunteer as the Care Coordinator for the last twelve years and so they can call me at the church at two zero six, three and six, two, four seven nine zero, and if I’m not in, please leave me a message. Great. Thanks so much for being on the show. Thank you much. Success to the program thanks so much, Susanne. Answers for elders radio show with Suzanne Newman. Hopes you found this podcast useful in your journey of navigating senior care. Check out more podcast like this to help you find qualified senior care experts and areas of financial, legal, health and wellness and living options. Learn about our radio show, receive our monthly newsletter, receive promotional discounts and meet our experts by clicking on the banner to join the Senior Advocate Network at answers for elders, radiocom. Now there is one place to find the answers for elders.
Suzanne Newman, host of the Answers for Elders radio show and podcast, proclaims often, “Caring for my mom was the hardest thing I ever have done, but it was also my greatest privilege.” Following a career of over 25 years in sales, media, and marketing management, Suzanne embarked on a 6-year-journey caring for her mother. Her trials and tribulations as a family caregiver inspired an impassioned life mission outside of the corporate world to revolutionize the journey that so many other American families also find themselves on. Answers for Elders provides education, help, and support to families, caregivers, and seniors across the country who are experiencing their own unique journey within the complicated world of Eldercare. Each week, Suzanne is joined by vetted professional experts in over 65 categories including health & wellness, life changes, living options, money, law, and more. Suzanne lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband, Keith, and their two doodle dogs, Whidbey and Skagit.