Legacy of Love


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Keynote & Panel Presentations | Date, Location & Logistics | Flyer | Sponsors | Previous Forums | Information

Legacy of Love, the 2019 African American Caregivers Forum, was held on Saturday, November 9, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Tukwila. Following is information about the program. Photos are available on the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders public Facebook page.

Keynote & Panel Presentations

Keynote Presentation: “Lessons Learned from Caregiving for My Mother”

image of Dr. Maxine Hayes, keynote speaker at the 2019 Legacy of Love African American Caregiver Forum

Keynote speaker Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH

This year, we welcomed Dr. Maxine Hayes as keynote speaker. Dr. Hayes served the Washington State Department of Health for 25 years—16 of those years as State Health Officer. As the state’s top public health doctor, her role included advising the governor and secretary of health on issues ranging from health promotion and chronic disease prevention to emergency response. Concurrently, she was primary caregiver for her mother, Myrtle, who lived with Parkinson’s-related dementia.

Panel Presentation: “Caregivers: Loving from the Front Line”

Sharon Sobers-Outlaw, Marla York, and Charles Williams shared their experiences as caregivers, including challenges related to dementia care.

Film Screening: “Speaking of Dying”

Conference guests watched “Speaking of Dying,” a critically-acclaimed film by Trudy James, MRE, Chaplain. Brenda Charles-Edwards, chair of the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders, moderated a panel discussion among Dr. Jim deMaine, Stephanie Haslam, and George Dicks, and fielded questions and comments from the audience.

Date & Location

Legacy of Love 2019 African American Caregivers Forum flyer - all info is included on this webpageSave this date in 2020!

Date:  Saturday, November 14

Time:  To be announced but likely 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Place:  To be announced

Registration: Pre-registration is required to attend this conference. Check here in Spring 2020 for information about registration options.

Accessibility: Forum sponsors encourage everyone to participate. For disability accommodations or accessibility information, e-mail Aging and Disability Services planner Karen Winston at 206-684-0706 or Karen.Winston@seattle.gov.

Continuing education (pending 2020 approval): Five (5) CEUs are offered.


The Legacy of Love African American Caregivers Forum relies on sponsors, exhibitors, and advertising so that the event can remain free for family caregivers. For information about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, click here. Questions? Contact Karen Winston at 206-684-0706 or Karen.Winston@seattle.gov.

Following is an alphabetical list of 2019 sponsors:

  • AARP Washington
  • Age Friendly Seattle
  • Aging and Disability Services
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
  • City of Seattle
  • Compassionate Legal Care, LLC
  • Full Life Care
  • Iora Primary Care
  • King County Library System
  • Mayor’s Council on African American Elders
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Preferred Benefits Partners, LLC
  • Seattle Human Services Department
  • The Seattle Public Library
  • Sound Generations
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • Speaking of Dying/Heartworks
  • United Healthcare

2019 Flyers: Save-the-date  |  Conference

Previous Forums

Previous Legacy of Love Forums

2018 Forum

The 2018 Legacy of Love forum was on Saturday, November 10, at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel. The six-hour program included exhibits, entertainment, lunch, prizes, and the following presentations:

  • “Caregiver Hope, Love & Resiliency,” by George Dicks, BA, GMHS, RCMHP, Harborview Mental Health Services
  • “Food for Thought: Culturally Competent Dialogue about Alzheimer’s, Caregiving, and Advocacy among African Americans,” by Cary Goodman, Balm in Gilead
  • “Our Lives, Our Choices: Planning for End-of-Life,” by Dr. Jim deMaine, Retired Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician, Group Health
  • “Caregivers: Loving from the Front Line”—a caregiver panel comprising Connie Bown, Daphne Jones, and Taylene Watson

2018 Event Flyer

Video & Photo Coverage

For photos from the 2018 forum, click here.

2017 Forum

The 2017 Legacy of Love forum was on Saturday, October 21, at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel. Participants heard presentations on Alzheimer’s disease research, related disorders, brain health, diagnoses, and legal and financial planning for dementia caregivers. Presenters included:

  • Mark Snowden, MD, Associate Professor, University of Washington
  • Murray Raskind, MD, Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychology
  • George Dicks, Geriatric Mental Health Practitioner, Harborview
  • Stephanie Haslam, Attorney at Law

2017 Event Flyer


This unique, culturally-focused event draws family caregivers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information about the Legacy of Love African American Caregiver Forums, e-mail Aging and Disability Services planner Karen Winston.