Legacy of Love

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Keynote & Panel PresentationsPrevious Forums | Information | Sponsors

event ink buttonLegacy of Love, the 2022 African American Caregivers Forum, is scheduled on Saturday, November 12 (during National Family Caregivers Month) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, this year’s event will be held online.

Black Joy Matters for Caregiver Health

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Date:  Saturday, November 12

Time:  12 noon–2 p.m.

Place:  Online event—a few minutes before noon on Saturday, Nov. 12, join the event by visiting bit.ly/AgeFriendlyLive and clicking on Join Event Now.

Language Access: Auto-captions will be available in multiple languages (your choice of Amharic, English, French, Somali, Spanish or Swahili).

Accessibility: Accessibility questions? 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

closeup of Dr. Raina Croff, an African American woman

Dr. Raina Croff

We are happy to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is 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.

Dr. Croff is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Her 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.

Dr. Croff’s keynote presentation is “Black Joy Matters for Caregiver Health.”

Caregiver Panelists

Local caregivers—Helen Sawyer, Minister Wilhelmina Daniel, and Michelle Williams—will share stories from their personal caregiving journeys, with moderator Sharon Sobers-Outlaw.

Presentation

Catherine Cordova

Pastor Catherine Cordova

Catherine Cordova, Chaplain, Evergreen Hospice Services, will talk about ways to reframe the dying process for a healthy outlook and demystify conversations about hospice and end of life.

Takeaways

Tune in to the 2022 forum include tips for:

  • Joyful activities
  • Doing your best despite burnout
  • Finding respite, prioritizing self-care, and managing stress
  • Finding humor in everyday situations
  • Connecting with other caregivers
  • Mentorship and social support
  • Accessing available community resources
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 AARP Washington; 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; Mayor’s Council on African American Elders; National Association of Social Workers—Washington Chapter; Seattle Human Services; and Sound Generations.

Previous Forums

Previous Legacy of Love Forums

2021 Forum

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.

2021 Event Flyer | Video recording (YouTube, 2:10:51)

2020 Forum

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

2020 Event Flyer | Video recording (YouTube, 02:47:49)

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.