On Saturday, June 12, 2010 I attended the Caregiving WEDU Town Hall meeting at the television station in downtown Tampa.
It was fun to see some familiar faces as I walked in the main lobby. Many of us knew each other from being in the professional healthcare field. We mingled and met some new people who were caregivers. The energy in the room was exciting.
Once we were seated in a U shape formation, Susan Howarth introduced herself. She is the new WEDU President and CEO. Her friendly and direct approach made me feel more comfortable as the business of setting up the tv camera and sound checks were being conducted.
Cathy Unruh, our host began by welcoming everyone and acknowledging the people who had participated in the previous Caregiver Town Hall meetings. For me as a new comer, I found her to be engaging and calm.
The objective of the event was to provide caregivers the resources, services, and wisdom that is available in Tampa Bay and the surrounding area. For example, there was a nice mix of healthcare professionals including: geriatric care managers, elder law attorneys, home health companies, retirement communities, reverse mortgage experts, medical alert companies, USF medical professionals, representative from senior centers, Area Agency on Aging executives, etc. This large gathering created an holistic approach to helping caregivers who are having to deal with their role for the first time or continuing their caregiving journey. We, the audience as well as the viewers of the show, were able to see how the circle of resources and healthcare professionals were supporting all aspects of caregiving. I felt energized. (more…)