We’re back with our 4th Annual Caregiver Symposium, and for the first time ever, we will be gathering in person (in addition to live-streaming over Zoom) at the Best Western in North Haven! Join us face-to-face to get your questions answered, learn strategies to plan for the future, and connect with fellow caregivers and professionals in the field.

This year’s event is designed to empower caregivers of seniors and those with disabilities with the knowledge and skills to break through difficult communication barriers – whether with the person you care for or their healthcare team. You'll learn to navigate complex systems confidently, fight for the care your loved one needs and deserves, and overcome roadblocks to achieve the best possible outcomes.

You Don't Have to Navigate This Journey Alone

Back for its fourth year, the Virtual Caregiver Symposium is designed specifically for caregivers like you.

Our focus for 2024? ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATION.

We know that every stage of your loved one's illness or disability brings new challenges and demands. That's why we've gathered experts to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to navigate these transitions with confidence.

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Convenience is Key: Join Us In-Person or Virtually!

We understand that your time is precious and everyone needs your attention. That's why our symposium is held both in person in North Haven, CT (Best Western), and live-streaming over Zoom. We’ve made it easier than ever to attend this life-changing event with options designed to work for everyone’s schedule and learning style. We've got your back!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank You To Our Exhibitors

Who Is This Event For?

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Parents and grandparents of teens and adults with special needs:

If you're caring for a loved one with neurodivergence or special needs, this symposium will provide you with valuable insights and strategies to support your loved one throughout life’s transitions. You'll learn how to use overlooked legal tools and strategies beyond traditional conservatorships to help your loved one be as independent as possible without sacrificing the ability to help manage their finances and healthcare needs as an adult.

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People caring for their older loved ones:

Whether you're caring for an aging parent or grandparent, this event will equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to navigate the unique challenges of elder care. You'll learn how to access resources and the support you need as your loved one needs to move into the next level of their care journey, so you don't face wait lists, excessive long-term care costs, or are forced to pay out of pocket because of problems with benefits.

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People caring for an ailing spouse:

If your partner is facing health challenges, this symposium will provide you with the tools and understanding to support them effectively while also taking care of your own wellbeing. You'll learn how to access resources and support to help manage your spouse's care needs, and how to plan effectively to avoid unnecessary costs and stress.

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Professional caregivers:

If you're a social worker, discharge planner, nursing home employee, or involved in any other professional caregiving role, this event will enhance your understanding of the caregiver's journey and provide you with practical strategies to support those you care for.

*Note:* Professional caregivers attending this event will also earn Continuing Education (CE) credits, helping to maintain your professional qualifications while learning valuable new skills and insights.

Here's What You Can Expect

Advocacy in Action

Discover the tools and strategies for being a strong advocate who ensures your loved one's rights and needs are met.

Understanding Communication Differences

Learn how to bridge communication gaps and connect effectively with individuals with varying communication styles and disabilities.

Navigating Systems

Gain insight into complex systems (healthcare, legal, educational) and learn how to navigate them for the best care outcomes.

The Power of Partnership

Learn how to build collaborative relationships with professionals and service providers to achieve positive results.

Technology for Communication

Explore 2024’s best assistive technologies and applications.

Promoting Self-Advocacy

Learn effective strategies for supporting individuals in speaking up for their needs and desires.

Connect with Others on a Similar Journey

During the event, you will also connect with other caregivers who understand your struggles and share your experiences. Together, we can navigate the challenges of caregiving and embrace the transitions that come with it.

Event Speakers

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Mairead Painter

Connecticut State Long Term Care Ombudsman

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Angela Christie

Dementia Specialist, Hartford Health Care Center for Healthy Aging

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Steven Rubin

B.A., J.D., CELA, Drazen Rubin Law

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Lisa Freeman,

Executive Director at the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety

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Kelly Barrett

M.A. CCC-SL, Hospital for Special Care

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Lauren Criniti

MS CCC-SLP, Hospital for Special Care

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Alexandra Nelson

M.S. CCC-SLP, Hospital for Special Care

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Sign Up Today and Take Control of Your Caregiving Journey

Don't let the challenges of caregiving overwhelm you. Join us at the 4th Annual Virtual Caregiver Symposium and empower yourself with the knowledge and tools you need to navigate your caregiving journey with confidence. Fill out the form below to reserve your space!