Striking a Balance: Family Caregivers Conference

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This conference brings together local resources and national speakers to aid and educate family caregivers living in Central Texas.

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The Striking a Balance: Family Caregiver Conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary with three-days of webinar style breakout sessions and a Saturday in-person, keynote speaker event, luncheon and information and resource fair.

Each day's events are listed below, but more detailed information about the sessions and their speakers can be found on the websites for either the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area or AGE of Central Texas.

Keynote Speaker - noon, Saturday, Aug. 21

Chet Garner — creator, host, executive producer and writer of The Daytripper, a five-time Emmy-award-winning program on PBS — will deliver an inspiring keynote address during lunch about finding local respite options and enjoying your life with your loved ones.

Garner was born and raised in Texas and loves storytelling. He brings the same enthusiasm to his speaking events that is seen in The Daytripper, and aims to create contagious energy that will have every attendant walk away inspired and excited about Texas, day tripping, and finding their own passion in life. Garner is a graduate of UT-Austin and Baylor Law School. After a practicing law for three years, he followed his passion to inspire his follow Texans to appreciate the beauty, history and food of Texas.

Information and Resource Fair - 10:30 a.m.-noon & 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21

Nonprofits and businesses that support family caregivers will be onsite to share information about the resources they provide for caregivers and their loved ones.

Tuesday, Aug. 17 - Webinars

Caregiver Compassion & Self-Care, 10-11:30 a.m.

Led by Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, author and national caregiver columnist.

Practical Tools for Dementia Caregiving, 1-2:30 p.m.

Led by Sarah Hyde-Williams with Senior Living Advisors of Texas

Wednesday, Aug. 18 - Webinars

Activities Caregivers Can Share with Older Adults Living with Cognitive Issues, 10-1:30 a.m.

Led by Nancy Turco, a dementia care expert

The Ins and Outs of Long-Term Care, 1-2:30 p.m.

Led by Michael Gill from Texas Senior Living Locators

Thursday, Aug. 19 - Webinars

Caregiving Round Table – What I’ve Learned as a Caregiver, 10–11:30 a.m.

A caregiver panel

What Does the Future Hold for Caregiving?, 1–2:30 p.m.

The AARP of Texas

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All webinars will be done via Zoom. Participants will need either a computer, mobile device or phone to participate in the webinars. The in-person event will follow current COVID-19 guidelines and it is recommended that people follow social distancing practices and any other measures with which they feel comfortable.

Striking a Balance: Family Caregivers Conference is hosted by the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and AGE of Central Texas. AGE of Central Texas will be providing limited respite so caregivers can attend. For respite details, go to

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