Reflections on a Successful 2012 Striking a Balance Conference

The 11th Annual Striking a Balance Conference on November 3 was a huge success, with a large attendance and compelling presentations. The Red Oak Ballroom at the Norris Conference Center was filled with about 150 family caregivers who gathered for breakfast and a keynote presentation by Kimberly Butrum, MS, GNP.  Ms. Butrum shared her gerontological expertise on the neurological facts about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and gave some fantastic and practical every-day tips to improve the lives of family caregivers and their loved ones.  The break-out sessions available to attendees were “Medication Issues for Older Adults,” “Stress Relief for Caregivers,” and “Understanding Adult Day Care and Residential Care Facility Options.”

It’s always great to get feedback from those who attend, and this year we were blown away by the responses:

  • 98% of responders said they’re a better caregiver as a result of  what they learned at the conference.
  • 97% rated the overall conference as either “Excellent” or “Very Good”

We couldn’t have done this without our partner, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, and our sponsors, staff and volunteers who helped us at the conference and in providing respite care for nine care recipients at our adult day center in Austin. We are so grateful to be able to offer this to the community every year, and we are looking forward to what this conference brings in 2013!

Click here to check out our generous sponsors and community partners for the event.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

AAA Staff at Registration
Joyce Lauck, AGE Executive Director, with Bruce Kravitz, AGE Director of Caregiver Education.
A ballroom full of caregivers!

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