VA Caregiving Expert To Meet With Families At May 19th Fearless Caregiver Conference

Free Tickets are available for family caregivers concerned with aging, disability, legal and veterans’ issues. Register at or by calling 877-829-2734 to get caregiving questions answered during seminar and luncheon on May 19th
April 28, 2011 - PRLog -- Today’s Caregiver magazine and, the nation’s foremost print magazine and Web community for family and professional caregivers since 1995, announced today that Michael Reckard, LICSW, speaker and veterans’ caregiving expert will meet with families to answer important caregiving questions during the day long Fearless Caregiver Conference and awards luncheon on May 19th at the Ramada Mall Of America (formerly Thunderbird) Hotel in Bloomington. A limited number of free tickets for the seminar and lunch are still available at or by calling 877-829-2734.

Michael Reckard, LICSW, is the Caregiver Support Coordinator for the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Mr. Reckard is a licensed clinical social worker who has extensive experience in assisting caregivers in a multitude of areas including: child welfare, mental health, physical and cognitive rehab, medical social work, and program coordination.  Mr. Reckard and aging, disability, home healthcare, legal, and insurance experts will be available during the conference.

Attendees of the Minneapolis Fearless Caregiver Conference on May 19th will also have the unique opportunity to spend time with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember display during the daylong Fearless Caregiver Conference in the Twin Cities.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Quilt to Remember is the nation’s first grand-scale dementia-related quilt that pays tribute to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. AFA announced the AFA Quilt to Remember project in late 2005 and the collection now includes more than 100 panels.

“The goals of the heartfelt initiative include educating the public about the disease and speaking for those who can no longer speak for themselves,” said Eric J. Hall, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s president and chief executive officer.  “Together, this inspirational collection represents a united effort to highlight the Alzheimer’s disease crisis and drive home the need for additional resources for care for millions of families across America and for a cure.”  

Gary Barg is the event host and moderator. A noted speaker, writer and publisher on caregiving issues since 1995, Gary Barg is founder and editor-in-chief of the first national magazine for caregivers, Today’s Caregiver, as well the original online caregiver community, This will mark the 106th Fearless Caregiver Conference that Mr. Barg has hosted.

Gary Barg is the author of the book, The Fearless Caregiver: how to get the best care for your loved one and still have a life of your own.

Fearless Caregiver Conference participants will learn:
•   What support is available for Minnesota family caregivers
•   Where the money is for caregivers
•   How to partner with their family members
•   How to ask questions of healthcare leaders in the area
•   How to get a loved one to stop driving
•   They are not alone

Who Should Attend?
•   Children of aging parents
•   Parents caring for children
•   Spousal caregivers
•   Long-distance caregivers
•   Grandparent caregivers
•   Pastoral caregivers
•   Volunteer caregivers
•   Professional caregivers
•   And anyone else seeking hands-on advice

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of 950 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine and professional training.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call (800) 829-2734 for information and to reserve your space.

Registration includes lunch:  Limited free registrations are available for family caregivers online at or by calling 877-829-2734. The Ramada Mall of America is located at 2300 East American Boulevard, Bloomington, MN.

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