It’s a personal journey…
Co-presented by Keiro and Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute

Caring for a loved one can be physically and emotionally challenging. Knowing what to do, what to expect, and on whom to depend may help lighten the load. Join us for this FREE conference featuring speakers, tools, and practical resources with compassion for current and future caregivers.


Saturday, October 28, 2017
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena, CA 90247
12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.

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Keynote Presentations:

A) Taking Care of SoMEone Else: Caregiving 101

Caregiving can be overwhelming with demands and tasks to ensure your loved one’s health and safety. This presentation will give you necessary tools and resources as you go through the journey of caregiving.

SPEAKER: Cristina Irving, LCSW
Family Consultant, Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving
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B) Caring for Our Community: A New Keiro-Providence Partnership

Caregiving involves meeting the needs of an individual and their caregivers at many levels – physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual. The new Keiro-Providence partnership will help meet those needs for both individuals and their caregivers in a novel program.

SPEAKER: Glen Komatsu, MD
Regional CMO Palliative Care; CMO Providence TrinityCare Hospice; Medical Director, TrinityKids Care; Director, Doak Center for Palliative Care, Providence Health & Services
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A) Caregiver Panel: Long-Distance Caregiving
Caregiving is challenging, and even more so when it’s long distance. Listen to real family caregivers as they share their own journeys of providing care for someone living far away from them. Also learn a unique way to help families in Japan through NALC.
PANELISTS: Joanne Sato, Family Caregiver
Yoshiko Willhite, President, NALC USA

B) Managing Caregiver Stress
Caregiving can cause physical and mental stress. Learn how to recognize the signs of stress and how to manage them, so that you can continue to care for your loved one.
SPEAKER: Akiko Takeda, LMFT
Little Tokyo Service Center
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C) Red Flags that an Older Adult Needs Help
Being a caregiver means advocating for your loved one’s needs. Know what kind of care your loved one needs by learning red flag symptoms and behaviors.
SPEAKER: Heather Wanket, RN
Independence At Home
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