Legacy of Love

2020 Legacy of Love African American Caregivers Forum

Legacy of Love, the 2020 African American Caregivers Forum, is scheduled on Saturday, November 14 (during National Family Caregivers Month). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held online.

Registration button links to online registration siteCaregivers face special challenges during a pandemic and this year’s theme is “Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19.” We are planning an exciting program! George Dicks, a Geriatric Mental Health Professional at Harborview Mental Health Services and a family caregiver, is keynote speaker. See Keynote & Panel Presentations, below, for more information!

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2020 Legacy of Love African American Caregivers Forum flyer

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Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19

Date:  Saturday, November 14

Time:  12 noon–2 p.m.

Place:  Online event—pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A few minutes before event time, visit bit.ly/AgeFriendlyLive to join the event.

Accessibility: For  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.

Sponsors

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 Mayor’s Council on African American Elders; and Seattle Human Services.

Keynote & Panel Presentations
geriatric mental health specialist George Dicks

George Dicks, Harborview Mental Health Services

We have a wonderful conference program lined up for caregivers:

  • Keynote address by George Dicks, Geriatric Mental Health Professional, Harborview Mental Health Services
  • Caregivers panel comprising Lynda Greene (Southeast Seattle Senior Center), Rev. Shirley Poston (Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church), and Charles Williams, moderated by Wyvonne Ray
  • Photographs honoring loved ones with dementia, and more!

Take away 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.

Previous Forums

Previous Legacy of Love Forums

2019 Forum

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.

2019 Flyer | 2019 Photos

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

Information

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.