Caregiver Resource Network

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Speakers Bureau

Are you looking for a speaker on a specific topic related to caregiving?  

Members of the Caregiver Resource Network have formed a Speakers Bureau to meet the educational needs of family and professional caregivers, support groups, churches, civic organizations, and other groups within West Michigan.

Our speakers are prepared to present on a wide-variety of caregiver-related topics including:

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care - including information on Behavior Management, Mental Health Treatment for Early Onset Alzheimer’s Patients, The Use of Psychotropic Medications, and Support/Compassion When Dealing with Alzheimer's

End of Life Care – including information on Hospice Care, Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Depression and Grief; and Leaving a Legacy/Telling Your Life Story

Family and Professional Caregiving – including information on Family Planning, Caring for the Caregiver, Caregiver Tips, Family Issues, Dealing with Resistance, Chronic Disease Management, Understanding and Adapting to Aging Related Loss, the Blessings/Positive Aspects of Caregiving, Caring for a Loved One When They Really Don't Want Your Help, Shopping/Healthy Eating, and Available Community Resources

Hearing Loss – including a variety of information and resources on Dealing with Hearing Loss, Assisting the Hard of Hearing, as well as Understanding the Needs/Issues of the Late Deafened

Legal, Financial and Advocacy Issues – including Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Health Care Power of Attorney, Caregiver Contracts, Social Security, Veterans Administration Benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, Financial and Tax Issues, Patient/Resident Rights, Working with Latino Elderly and Language Accommodation, Guarding Against Financial & Elder Abuse

Leisure Activities – including information on Leisure Activities Designed for use in the Home, Those for Use with Others, as well as Individualized Activities, and Other Available Community Resources for Leisure Activity

Long-Term Care – including an Overview of Long Term Care, Navigating the Senior Care Maze, as well as information on Home Care, Skilled Home Rehabilitation/Preventing Hospitalization, Adult Day Services, Organizing/Downsizing/Decluttering, Real Estate Issues, Making a Transition Easier, Transition into Assisted Living, Helping Parents to Adjust to a Move, Nursing Home Issues including Choosing a Nursing Home, Asset Protection and Paying for Long Term Care

Mental Health Issues – including information on Available Counseling Services, and Older Adult Substance Abuse

Safety and Security in the Home – including information on Home Medical Alarms, Medication Adherence, Proper Disposal of Medications, Remote Caregiving Resources, and Emergency Preparedness for the Aging, Aging in Place, Universal Design/Barrier-Free Living, Planning Your Home for Caregiving, Home modification & Equipment for Caregiving, Fall Prevention, Home Safety

Stress Management – including information on Dealing with Caregiver Stress, Relaxation Therapy, Therapy Dogs, Pet Therapy, and Exercise


For more information or to arrange for a speaker contact Sarah Sobel at (616) 588-2732 or by e-mail at

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