Legacy of Love, the 2022 African American Caregivers Forum, is scheduled on Saturday, November 12 (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 Dr. Raina Croff, whose work at Oregon Health & Science University focuses on on creating culturally celebratory approaches to physical activity, social engagement, and reminiscence therapy for healthier aging, particularly amidst the trauma of gentrification and its implications for older Black adults’ cognitive health and social connectedness.
For more information about the 2022 forum program, see Keynote & Panel Presentations, below.
(Registration for the 2022 forum has not yet opened. Please check back later.)
2021 Legacy of Love Conference
Date: Saturday, November 13
Time: 12 noon–2 p.m.
Place: Online event
Registration: Registration for the 2022 conference is not yet open. Please check back later.
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: Dr. Raina Croff
Dr. Raina Croff, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University, is the 2022 keynote speaker. Dr. Croff’s work focuses on how culture impacts health. Her research seeks to increase physical activity and social engagement among older African Americans in ways that celebrate culture, history, and community memory.
Dr. Croff leads the Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-imagery (SHARP) Study that blends neighborhood walking and social reminiscence to maintain cognitive health among older healthy and mildly cognitively impaired older African Americans. SHARP Seattle was launched in May 2022.
A panel of caregivers will share stories from their personal caregiving journeys. Check here later for panelist’s names.
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 2021 Legacy of Love forum was a virtual event (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) on Saturday, November 13. The two-hour program included the following presentations:
- Keynote address by LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, founder and principal consultant of Brim-Donahoe & Associates, who provided dementia care for her mother.
- Panel presentation: Local caregivers Theresa Gossett, Pammyla Hubbard, and Stephen LaBoo shared stories from their personal caregiving journeys. The panel moderator was Margaret Boddie from the African American Elders Program.
- Presentation on end-of-life planning by attorney Stephanie Haslam, Compassionate
Legal Care, LLC
Take-aways included tips for finding humor in everyday situations and celebrating the moments
that touch your heart; tips for including loved ones in social activities with friends and
family; tips for connecting with other caregivers; tips for getting your affairs in order and
preparing for end-of-life; and resources for family caregivers throughout the region.
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
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.