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.
Caregivers face special challenges during a pandemic and this year’s theme is “Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19.” George Dicks, a Geriatric Mental Health Professional at Harborview Mental Health Services and a family caregiver, is confirmed as keynote speaker. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.
Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19
Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 12 noon–2 p.m.
Place: Online event—please bookmark this page and return for more information in late summer or early fall.
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.
Planning is underway! At this time, we are planning the following program:
- 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), Millicent Jones-Smith, and another caregiver (pending confirmation), 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 Legacy of Love Forums
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.