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The next "Carousel of Care" caregiver conference has been scheduled 

for Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Sheraton Kona Resort.

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Last Year's Conference:
Carousel of Care, a Caregiver's Conference 
Friday, September 9, 2016 ~ 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort  and Spa at Keauhou Bay

The caregiver conference was notable for the outstanding speakers, the beautiful venue, and the warm sense of community among all who attended.  We are already thinking about next year -- it was deeply rewarding to the planning committee to receive comments like this on the evaluations:

"Everything was superb.  It was just what I needed."

The resource fair greeted conference guests on the lanai.  Shown are two class leaders from HCCN's Powerful Tools for Caregivers.

Alice Bratton and Nicolas Los Banos share information from the County Office of Aging's Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Karyn Clay came from Waimea to tell folks about her adult day care and residential home, Ho'onani Place.

Mary Villaverde from Hospice
of Kona shares brochures and her wonderful smile.

   Running into old friends was a           special part of the day.

The Regency at Hualalai presents information about supported living
for seniors.

Kumu Keala Ching opened the conference with a powerful Hawaiian chant to bless our event.

Kumu carried the chant into the meeting hall to gather those present and begin the program.

Announcer Roberta Wong Murray greets the guests and introduces
the speakers.

Frances Kakugawa's keynote address reached into our hearts.

She used a red feather boa to accent her poem about visualizing glamor while cleaning up for her mother.

The audience was touched and delighted by Frances' presentation.

How wonderful for all these caregivers to be together in the same room, feeling each others' support and understanding. 

Darin Yoshimoto helped caregivers see how the changes in their loved ones' behavior are caused by changes in their brains.

Pat Bemis, RN, came from AARP in Honolulu to talk about managing changes and complex care.

Donna Payesko, Esq., shared information about legal issues in
elder care.

Dr. Toby Smith from Life Care Center 
led a workshop on "Five Wishes at the End of Life."
 

The Sheraton put out a lovely lunch buffet which everyone enjoyed, along with familiar faces and good conversation.

After lunch, conference guests enjoyed their choice of many self-care options:  massage, yoga, tai chi, art therapy, 

energy healing and flower arranging, senior exercise, guided meditation and more.  Many thanks to all the teachers 

and therapists who provided these opportunities for the caregivers.