2013 Care for the Carepartner Teleconference Series
Caring for someone with a chronic illness like MS can be deeply satisfying. But being a carepartner can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. Join us for this series and learn how to take care of yourself while caring for someone else.
This three week series will run Tuesday nights (7-8 pm) from August 6 through 20, 2013. Each call will be conducted using a toll-free number, so you can call from the comfort of your home. Participate in several calls* or just the one that interests you.
What is a Teleconference?
A teleconference is an opportunity to learn new information from the comfort of home by calling into a designated number to hear an interactive presentation.
*You will need to register individually for each call you wish to attend.
The Hidden Effects of MS--Relationship Survivability
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can test even the best of partnerships. Husband, wife, parent, child, caregiver, support partner, whatever you’re called, it’s inevitable that your relationship with your loved one will be affected by MS. Tune in for this call that will talk about what you and your carepartner can do to help improve communication, rebuild trust, strengthen your partnership and ultimately cope with the challenges of MS together.
Guest Speaker: John Armando, LCSW
John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), receiving his Master’s Degree in Social Services (MSS) in 1993 at Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work & Social Research. Currently, John is the Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Underwood Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. He also operates a private practice in coordination with Total Rehab & Fitness in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he is the Director of Behavioral Services. A significant part of his practice is devoted to relationship problems and couples therapy.
Providing emotional support and physical care to someone with MS is often deeply satisfying, but it is sometimes distressing, and now and then simply overwhelming. The strain of balancing employment, child-rearing, increased responsibilities in the home and the on-going care of a loved one can lead to feelings of martyrdom, anger, and guilt. This teleconference will focus on what it means to be a caregiver; emotional, physical, mental and spiritual needs; and overall how to take care of oneself while providing care to someone else.
Guest Speaker: Edie Brozanski, LSW, Well Spouse Foundation
Edie Brozanski is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in social work. As a caregiver for the past 27 years, Edie understands the impact care giving has of individuals. She serves as the support group leader for the local Well Spouse Support Group in her area and participates in both Regional and National Conferences for the Well Spouse Foundation. Edie even had the opportunity to organize and present at the 2007 Well Spouse Conference.
Just as there are a wide range of abilities and disabilities among people with MS, there are a wide range of caregiving activities. Join us for this call as we discuss the array of mobility aids, tools, technology, adaptive strategies, and environmental modifications available to help carepartners conserve energy, simplify work, and ensure safety for everyone.
Guest Speaker: Marnie Renda, OTR/L, CAPS, Independent Living Specialist
Marnie Renda is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, as well as licensed and registered occupational therapist with more than 20 years of experience working with elders and persons with disabilities. She graduated from Lafayette College with a BA in Psychobiology and Springfield College with a Master of Education in Occupational Therapy. Marnie is the owner of Destination Home LLC, a Cincinnati, OH based company dedicated to helping elders and persons with disabilities continue to live in the comfort of their homes by providing in home assessments and living environment modifications. Through her volunteer work, she developed a home modification assessment tool for People Working Cooperatively as they launched their mobility program. Marnie is a founding Board member of Hearth, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education to the community. In addition, Marnie is also an Adjunct Professor for the Xavier University Masters Occupational Therapy program educating future occupational therapy practitioners on home modifications and assistive technology.