Legacy of Love, the 2021 African American Caregivers Forum, is scheduled on Saturday, November 13 (during National Family Caregivers Month). Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, this year’s event will be held online.
We are happy to announce this year’s keynote speaker as LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, founder and principal consultant of Brim-Donahoe & Associates and an experienced family caregiver. For more information about the 2021 forum program, see Keynote & Panel Presentations, below.
2021 Legacy of Love Conference
Date: Saturday, November 13
Time: 12 noon–2 p.m.
Place: Online event
Registration: Register in advance at SurveyMonkey.com/r/2021LegacyOfLove
Accessibility: Auto-captions will be available in multiple languages (your choice of Amharic, English, French, Somali, Spanish or Swahili). For accessibility information, e-mail Aging and Disability Services planner Karen Winston at Karen.Winston@seattle.gov.
Continuing education: Three (3) CEUs are offered at no charge (National Association of Social Workers).Keynote & Panel Presentations
Keynote speaker: LueRachelle Brim-Atkins
LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, founder and principal consultant of Brim-Donahoe & Associates and partner in The Diversity Collaborative, has more than 30 years experience working in public, private, and nonprofit organizational development and training. Since 1988, she has designed customized, comprehensive training and education programs that focus on leadership, management, cultural competence, diversity, and social change.
LueRachelle provided dementia care for her mother.
For more about LueRachelle’s background, read “Meet LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, who joyfully builds and bridges communities in Seattle and beyond” (Seattle Times, 3/9/17).
Emcee: Margaret Boddie
Margaret Boddie is a program manager with the African American Elders Program, administered by Catholic Community Services. The program serves African-American elders in Central and Southeast Seattle and South King County by identifying frail, isolated, and hard-to-serve people of African descent and helping them access case management services, information, referrals, and other resources they may need.
End-of-Life Planning: Stephanie Haslam
Attorney Stephanie Haslam, founder and owner of Compassionate Legal Care PLLC, returns to the African American Caregivers Forum with information that can help you make decisions about the latter part of your own life and that of a loved one.
A panel of caregivers will share stories from their personal caregiving journeys:
- Theresa Gossett
- Pammyla Hubbard
- Stephen LaBoo
As additional program information becomes available, it will be posted here.
The Legacy of Love African American Caregivers Forum relies on sponsors so the event can remain free of charge for family caregivers. For information about sponsorship opportunities, e-mail Karen Winston at Karen.Winston@seattle.gov.
Sponsors include Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle & King County; the African American Elders Program at Catholic Community Services; Age Friendly Seattle; Compassionate Legal Care, LLC; the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders; Seattle Human Services; and Sound Generations.
Previous Legacy of Love Forums
The 2020 Legacy of Love forum was a virtual event (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) on Saturday, November 14. The two-hour program included the following presentations:
- Keynote address by George Dicks, Geriatric Mental Health Professional, Harborview Mental Health Services
- Caregivers panel featuring Rev. Shirley Poston (Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church) and Charles Williams, moderated by Wyvonne Ray
Take-aways included tips for talking with a loved one about their need for extra care; tips for screening and managing professional caregivers during the pandemic; tips for dealing with sundown syndrome; and resources for family caregivers throughout the region.
The 2019 Legacy of Love forum was held on Saturday, November 10, at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Tukwila. The six-hour program included exhibits, entertainment, lunch, prizes, and the following presentations:
- Keynote Presentation: “Lessons Learned from Caregiving for My Mother,” by Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH
- Panel Presentation: “Caregivers: Loving from the Front Line,” with Sharon Sobers-Outlaw, Marla York, and Charles Williams
- Film Screening: “Speaking of Dying,” by Trudy James, MRE, Chaplain. Following the film, 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.
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.