Join The Kensington Sierra Madre and HFC for CareCon 2024, a transformative event dedicated to supporting and honoring Alzheimer’s and dementia family caregivers.
Hosted by HFC Founder Lauren Miller Rogen, CareCon aims to educate, inspire, and empower caregivers through celebrity-studded panels and expert-led workshops.
This free virtual event celebrates caregivers, providing them with essential resources, knowledge, and a sense of community.
RSVP to join us at our CareCon watch party, “Cultivating Heartfulness: Celebrate our Love for Caregivers on Valentine’s Day”,set to take place on Feb. 14 at noon PST.
Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.
The essence of CareCon
Hosted by the dynamic duo of HFC founders, Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen, the event is a beacon of hope for caregivers seeking knowledge and community.
CareCon is not merely a gathering, it’s a celebration of caregivers, designed to uplift and empower.
The event promises to equip attendees with valuable resources and connections, fostering a sense of unity among those dedicated to the well-being of their loved ones.
The event will showcase celebrity-studded panels where notable figures share their insights and experiences with caregiving and Alzheimer’s, providing caregivers with valuable perspectives and inspiration.
Expert-led workshops will offer practical knowledge and essential resources, equipping attendees with the necessary tools for their caregiving journey.
While the lineups have yet to be announced, past year’s celebrity guests have included Wayne Brady, Howie Mandel, and actress Judy Greer.
Beyond informative sessions, CareCon strongly emphasizes community-building by fostering connections within the caregiving community.
The event will commence with a series of thought-provoking panels immediately following the opening remarks. The first panel, “Comedy and Caregiving: Finding and Accepting Light in Dark Times,” will explore the therapeutic power of humor in navigating the challenges of caregiving. Panelists will share their experiences, offering a unique perspective on how laughter can be a source of resilience during difficult moments.
The second panel, “Love and Dementia: Navigating Relationships through the Care Journey,” will delve into the complexities of maintaining meaningful connections amidst the trials of dementia. This panel aims to provide valuable insights and strategies for fostering empathy, communication, and understanding in relationships affected by caregiving responsibilities.
The third panel, “Adaptive and Inclusive Fashion: A Conversation about the Intersection of Fashion and Care,” promises to showcase innovative approaches to fashion that prioritize inclusivity and comfort, addressing the unique needs of both caregivers and those in their care.
The final panel, “Equity in Alzheimer’s Research, Treatment, and Care: The Importance of Inclusion in Shaping a Diverse and Compassionate Approach for All,” will underscore the significance of inclusivity in shaping a comprehensive and compassionate approach to Alzheimer’s care.
Complementing the event are expert-led workshops—meticulously crafted to impart practical wisdom and tools essential for caregiving.
- Navigating Diagnosis, An Insider’s Look at the Diagnosis Process and Some Inside Tips: aims to demystify the diagnostic journey, offering practical insights from those who have firsthand experience.
- Cruising Through Caregiving: will equip caregivers with practical tools and strategies to navigate the challenges they may encounter, emphasizing the importance of self-care.
- Hard Conversations to Plan Ahead: will sensitively address end-of-life planning, encouraging open discussions on crucial topics.
- Finding Joy in Dementia: will explore ways to uncover moments of happiness and connection amidst the difficulties of dementia.
- Movement for Self-care: Mindfulness, Tai Chi, Yoga: will encourage participants to explore mindful movement practices as tools for holistic well-being.
- Embracing End of Life Care and Conversations with Grief: will provide a supportive space for attendees to engage with the emotional aspects of caregiving, fostering a sense of community and understanding.
The event serves as a platform for caregivers to share experiences, exchange ideas, and form meaningful connections that can provide ongoing support.
CareCon’s diverse offerings create a comprehensive and enriching experience for all those dedicated to the well-being of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Caregiving is often a thankless job—CareCon hopes to change that with The Scotty Award.
The esteemed Scotty Award is a tribute to Lauren’s father Scott Miller and his compassionate caregiving. The accolade holds a special place at CareCon 2024 as this will be the second-ever award given.
Scott devoted himself to caring for Lauren’s late mother Adele, the award aims to recognize unpaid dementia caregivers who embody exceptional qualities.
The criteria for the Scotty Award revolve around the profound characteristics displayed by caregivers, including:
- Unwavering support provided during challenging times
- Boundless patience and perseverance demonstrated
- Extraordinary creativity in their caregiving efforts
By celebrating their loving support, patience, perseverance, and creativity, CareCon recognizes caregivers’ immense impact on those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
This acknowledgment serves as a heartfelt tribute to the remarkable individuals who contribute to the well-being of others with unwavering dedication and compassion.
The judging panel, comprised of esteemed individuals including current and former caregivers and thought leaders, forms a diverse group with valuable insights into the caregiving journey.
The nomination process involves a meticulous evaluation of nominees based on specific qualities that resonate with the essence of the award.
Any unpaid caregiver can be nominated by their friends or family.
Each nominee is carefully considered for their profound impact on the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
By placing the spotlight on the judging panel and their discerning approach, CareCon emphasizes the transparency and integrity of the Scotty Award.
This process ensures that the recognition is bestowed upon caregivers whose exceptional qualities align with the heartfelt tribute that the award represents, further reinforcing the event’s commitment to honoring the compassionate contributions of caregivers.
Within the fabric of CareCon 2024, stories and anecdotes unfold, revealing exceptional caregiving journeys that inspire and uplift.
Through testimonials from previous award recipients and caregivers who have experienced the transformative power of recognition, these narratives paint a vivid picture of caregivers’ profound impact on the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Carlos, one of HFC’s online support group participants shares his testimonial:
“Alzheimer’s is an experience, and it really compounds daily through emotions and through grief. What inspired me to sign up for the program is that I feel that I needed to have more support. I feel being surrounded by other like-minded people helps me feel grounded. It builds up a foundation to be a better caregiver.”
These personal accounts testify to the importance of acknowledging and celebrating caregiving efforts.
They highlight the resilience, dedication, and selflessness embedded in the caregiving experience.
By sharing these stories, CareCon aims to honor not only individual caregivers but also create a collective narrative that recognizes and values the immeasurable contributions of caregivers within the broader community.
These narratives demonstrate that a simple acknowledgment can have a ripple effect, positively influencing the well-being of caregivers and those they care for.
Join us at The Kensington Sierra Madre in our commitment to creating a vibrant and supportive community.
Nestled in the heart of Sierra Madre, our senior living community prioritizes well-being, offering personalized care, engaging activities, and a warm, welcoming environment.
We often host various activities and gatherings to enhance our residents’ well-being, such as the upcoming CareCon event.
RSVP now to ensure your spot in this enriching experience, where knowledge, inspiration, and a sense of community await.