Legacy of Love, the 2019 African American Caregivers Forum, offers participants an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of caregiving for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. This FREE day-long event features a keynote presentation by Dr. Maxine Hayes, a film screening, and two panel presentations as well as lunch, exhibits, and networking opportunities. The forum takes place during National Caregivers Month—Saturday, November 9—at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Tukwila. Pre-registration is required.Keynote & Panel Presentations
Keynote Presentation: “Lessons Learned from Caregiving for My Mother”
This year, we welcome 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 will share their experiences as caregivers, including challenges related to dementia care.
Film Screening: “Speaking of Dying”
“Speaking of Dying” is a critically-acclaimed film by Trudy James, MRE, Chaplain. We are honored to have Ms. James join us at the forum, along with Dr. Jim deMaine, Stephanie Haslam, and George Dicks, who have been popular presenters at previous Legacy of Love conferences. Brenda Charles-Edwards, chair of the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders, will moderate the panel discussion.
Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration: The 2019 conference is FREE of charge; however, pre-registration is required.
- To register online, click here.
- To register by phone, call 206-706-7084.
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: 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 early 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
Previous Legacy of Love Forums
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
Video & Photo Coverage
- African American Caregivers Forum: Hope, Love, Resiliency (Seattle Channel, 2018)
- African American Caregivers Forum: Planning & Advocacy (Seattle Channel, 2018)
For photos from the 2018 forum, click here.
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
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.