Getting Caregivers to Accept Help with Dorian Mintzer and Viki Kind

So often, family caregivers are overwhelmed, but they won't ask for or accept help. Discover tools and communication strategies to help caregivers get past their barriers and begin to ask for and accept help. The goal is to ensure that caregivers are supported so that the person they care for is also safe and secure. The other outcome of ensuring the caregiver is supported is that they can make better future decisions because they come from a place of strength instead of weakness.

In this program, you’ll discover:

  • Viki's 4-Step Process for getting caregivers to ask for help.
  • What is care-grieving, and how it may limit the caregiver's ability to ask for help
  • How to help someone who is in denial or is overwhelmed by guilt to keep their balance through their caregiving journey

About Viki Kind:

Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, professional speaker, and hospice volunteer. Her award-winning book, The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't, guides families and professionals who are making decisions for those who have lost capacity. Viki is known as “The People's Bioethicist” because she is a rare individual who bridges two worlds: the health care professional and the family struggling to make the right decision. She is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and has been a caregiver to six family members for many years.

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The Caring Collaborative with Dorian Mintzer and Betsy Werley

In an era where we're living longer, families are far away, and we want to stay independent, self-help programs like the Caring Collaborative fill a gaping hole, whether you live in the suburbs or a city.

The Transition Network's Caring Collaborative program channels the goodwill of our community into practical help with health issues. Grocery shopping, sharing medical experiences, an escort to your rehab session, a note-taker during a doctor's visit – they're all on the Caring Collaborative's menu of ways participants can support each other. You'll learn about TTN's program – and how you can bring its benefits into small and large groups in your life.

In this episode, you will discover:

  • About The Transition Network's Caring Collaborative program, which taps into our community to transform goodwill into practical help
  • How to import Caring Collaborative activities into your own large or small groups
  • Success factors in launching a CC program

About Betsy Werley:

Betsy Werley, former Executive Director (2005-2013) of The Transition Network, is proud to be an “encore career” role model. She joined TTN in 2005 after spending 26 years in the for-profit sector, first as a corporate lawyer and then leading business projects at JPMorgan Chase. Her volunteer service as President of the Financial Women's Association was the catalyst for her decision to pursue a nonprofit job. She has also served as Director of Network Expansion for Encore. Org from 2013-2020 and is currently a freelance liaison to the Pass It On Network.

Betsy is a regular speaker on transitioning to the nonprofit sector and career transitions in general. Her transition story is featured in What's Next? How to Follow Your Passions to a Fantastic and Fulfilling New Career, by Kerry Hannon, AARP's Job expert; and The Big Shift by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of

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What You Don’t Know About Post-Truth and Why It Matters with Donald Officer

Why are so many people so easily misled by mistruths, partial truths, blatant disinformation, false portrayals, slick glosses, obvious reframing, misleading whataboutisms, frauds, scams, and outright lies? Where did this Post-Truth “infodemic” come from, and why now?

Drawing on his studies and experience with strategic thinking, psychology, business and government communications, culture, and education, Donald Officer has watched the reconstructed spread of Post-Truth, drawing some surprising conclusions. Putting his experience as a media observer and researcher to the test, he remains astonished at the extent of the chaos. You may be all too familiar with this paradox, but his discoveries might shock while they also encourage. If we can just survive this first wave….

In this program, we will uncover a few tentative answers to these pressing questions:

  • What should I listen for and contribute to this webinar?
  • What might I expect to learn or unlearn today?
  • What are the main sources of Post-Truth in my world?
  • How does Post-Truth affect me, my family, or my community?
  • As an elder, what can I do to influence Post-Truth impacts?

Note: This is a webinar with slides. 

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 7 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: What You Don’t Know About Post-Truth and Why It Matters

Speaker: Donald R. Officer, MA, a planner, communicator, consultant, coach, innovator, and educator for over five decades 

About Donald R. Officer Donald-Officer-small What You Don't Know About Post-Truth and Why It Matters with Donald Officer

Donald Officer MA is a non-fiction writer, independent researcher, strategic thinker and proud senior. He builds his practice as a facilitator, webinar moderator, and consultant while working on two book projects: the first exploring media literacy and positive social transformation, the second building meaningful connections among emerging contexts in collaboration with three other experienced professionals. He continues to freelance as a reviewer and writer with an extensive credit list.

Over the decades, Don has expanded his skillset by critiquing, consulting, teaching, coaching, and dialoguing. He holds certificates in facilitation, dynamic reading, hypnosis, systems. and procedures. A serious student of Positive Psychology, he belongs to the CPPA and volunteers for the IPPA.

Teaching at almost every level of formal education from elementary through post-secondary, including both community college and university, he would develop, adapt and deliver courses for the degree stream plus the continuing education arms of both university and community colleges.

Early on, he became editor and partner of an independent publishing firm, later moving on to both corporate and government editorial roles. Don also pioneered several online and distance education programs during online learning’s early days and chaired the Ottawa Distance Learning Group. A university-certified facilitator and trained life coach, he develops courses for communications-oriented organizational applications, which he markets through innovative joint ventures.

Don remains particularly interested in helping workforces and multiple publics better understand change and where their contributions fit into larger schemes and systems. In policy development, administration, or communications, he spent his 19 years in the Canadian federal government pursuing those goals. He saw gaps and closed them.

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What Do You Know About The Cards You’ve Been Dealt? with Dorian Mintzer and Andrea Gallagher

In her professional world, Andrea has seen her share of conversations between seniors, service providers, and family caregivers. In particular, when caring for an older adult, she sees how difficult it can be for others to really know what would bring that person joy and satisfaction.

Getting to the bottom of what is important to an individual's feeling of independence, happiness, and well-being is often obscured by how we go about those conversations. Where family caregivers may lack training, even professional service providers frequently enter into a dialogue that makes a senior feel embarrassed, disempowered ..or even worse, uninvolved in their own care.

Building on her years of nonprofit experience with seniors and their family caregivers, her own experience being cared for, and her understanding of what it means to be vital at any age – Andrea developed THE CARDS I'VE BEEN DEALT™.

THE CARDS I'VE BEEN DEALT™ uses a simple card game to gently shape the dialogue between families, care networks – and the individuals they support – to uncover what is truly important to the person. The Cards prompt players to express their wishes and goals in a way that invites conversation among all parties.

The goal is to use the three sets of cards to create a Life Plan that uncovers a path to joy and satisfaction in everyday living.

Join Andrea and Dorian to learn more about this innovative process that is being used in case management, in hospice care, and with adult children caring for an aging parent.

About Andrea Gallagher:

Andrea Gallagher, CSA®, is a for-profit and nonprofit corporate leader and change agent. Applying her twenty-five years of executive leadership and transformation experience, Andrea is innovating the senior and caregiver services world today.

Ten years ago, Andrea and her husband Peter “adopted” elderly neighbors and acted as caregivers for the couple as well as financial, legal, and medical powers of attorney. After their passing, Andrea became attracted to the idea that life planning could make inevitable life transitions much easier for individuals and their families. Since then, Andrea has dedicated her professional life to understanding the best practices to assist others in a positive aging experience.

Andrea is a Certified Senior Advisor®, Past President of the Life Planning Network, President of Senior Concerns, Life Transitions Chair, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Annual International Positive Aging Conferences, and editor and co-author of LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts' Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times, creator of THE CARDS I'VE BEEN DEALT™, and seminar and workshop leader under RethinkingYourFuture™.

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New Road-No Rules for Work, Love, and Play in the Bonus Decades with Dorian Mintzer and Abigail Trafford

The kids are grown, the mortgage is paid, and the career is topping out. Does this mean immediate settlement into old age? Absolutely not! Thanks to the longevity revolution of recent decades, today's 55-75-year-olds are living and working longer and healthier than ever before. This generation is the first to experience the period of personal renaissance between middle and old age, “My Time.” It is a whole new developmental stage in the life cycle during which 50-somethings reinvent themselves as inspiring students, artists, travelers, friends, lovers, and so much more.

Longevity is imposing a “new normal” of love and intimacy that has radical implications for the definition of marriage, including committed relationships between legally married and those who are not, as well as the formerly married. It includes all the members of our intimate circle, a network of people we cannot imagine our lives without -friends, adult children, siblings, and even old flames.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • The Second Adolescence: How “My Time” is a sort of second adolescence during which My Timers break away from middle adulthood, just as teenagers break away from childhood.
  • The importance of experimentation during “My Time,” whether going back to school, going on trips, taking a new assignment, or exploring new relationships.
  • Why recovering friendships and cementing relationships from the past is a huge trend in “My Time.”
  • How “My Timers” have gained enough strength from life empowerment to give truly of themselves to others, and why “Giving Back” is important during “My Time.”
  • How sexuality, romance, and falling in love – in and out of marriage -is possible during “My Time” as “My Timers” rewrite the rules of what makes a relationship flourish.
  • How to deal with difficulties of love in later life: incorporating past relationships into new ones, dealing with a partner's illness, “retired spouse syndrome,” sexual turmoil, and divorce.

About Abigail Trafford:

Abigail Trafford – author, journalist, and public speaker – focuses on the new life cycle stage after midlife but before traditional old age. Her book, My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades after 50, chronicles the social revolution of living longer, healthier lives. In her Washington Post column entitled My Time, she explores the potential of this new stage for both individuals and society. She has been a commentator on health and social issues for Washington Post Radio, host of an online health talk program, and syndicated columnist with Universal Press syndicate. She gave a keynote address at the White House Conference on Aging in 2005.

Trafford has a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She received a journalism fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1982 and 2002 and was a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University, in 2007. She lives in Washington, D.C. and Vinalhaven, ME. 

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