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How To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles

The Wild Detectives

Join us for a lively discussion about how to survive eldercare with a few marbles left! Our panel of eldercare experts will discuss how to stay ahead of the next elder emergency, how to keep your sanity as a caregiver and how to help your elder prepare for their years ahead.

Our all-star panel features:

Suzanne Asaff Blankenship, author of How To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles and moderator of the panel

Virginia Hammerle, attorney specializing in elder law at Hammerle Finley Law firm, and writer of Dallas Morning News’ LegalTalk Texas, a weekly column in the Senior Section

Jill Studley, MD, doctor of geriatric medicine, Highland Springs Medical Center and a multi-year D Magazine Top Doc.

Nadine Roberts Cornish, author of Tears In My Gumbo – The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience and founder of The Caregiver’s Guardian

Having the responsibility for the care of aging parents and relatives can be overwhelming and frustrating. Our panelists offer tips, ideas and guidance that will leave you with more time, money and marbles.

– Carving out time from your list of life’s responsibilities to add care for your elder can be stressful. How do you avoid being stretched in too many directions?

– How do you plan now so that, when the emergency happens, you and your elder are prepared? What paperwork is needed, and who should be involved?

– When do you start participating in your elder’s medical care choices? What is the best way to be involved while maintaining your elder’s independence in their medical decisions?

– How do you keep your own stress levels manageable through the ups and downs of the journey?

Come hear our experts’ guidance on issues related to these questions and more.

Suzanne’s experience with eldercare came the hard way – by doing it.
Suzanne is in the second decade of eldercare with an aging parent and in-laws. She understands that eldercare can be overwhelming, frustrating and stressful. She knows you need the relief of practical tips – but that a good laugh helps too.

Suzanne uses her business background and her on-the-ground experience to deliver a unique organized approach to the stressful scenarios in eldercare. Her guidance doesn’t come in dry, boring prose; it comes wrapped in tongue-in-cheek humor, making it easier to read and remember. She guides you toward actionable steps and away from the shoot-from-the-hip responses in eldercare that can heap on the stress but not help solve the problem at hand.

Suzanne has spent her 20-year corporate career in marketing and customer service, leading and training teams at The Coca-Cola Company, Bueno Foods, and Ogilvy & Mather as well as her own consulting firm, Parkin & Blankenship.

Suzanne has used her background in business and customer service to develop tools, identify resources, and show how effective advocacy can make a difference in eldercare. She brings some sanity to an otherwise randomly arriving responsibility.

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