The 7th Annual Williamson County Caregiver Conference
returns as an expanded virtual event with 3 days of
expert presentations on September 15-17, 2020.
The annual free event was created to help ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources. Participants will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with local experts on aging.
Tuesday, September 15th – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
“Promoting Positive Caregiving – Even During Tough Times”
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and a Principal in the Philadelphia office of Health Management Associates, a national healthcare consulting firm. A former journalist, he is the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers (2006) and the co-author of AARP Meditations for Caregivers (2016) and the just-released AARP Love and Meaning After 50. He also writes a monthly self-help column for family caregivers on AARP.org. He is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association and an Honorary Board Member of the Well Spouse Association.
Wednesday, September 16th – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
“Senior Housing During COVID-19 – An Update”
Michael Gill, President of Texas Senior Living Locators
Michael Gill is the President of Texas Senior Living Locators, which works with families to help them find the best senior housing options in Central Texas. Michael is widely considered one of the leading regional experts in senior living options with extensive knowledge in Veterans benefits, home health care, non-medical home care, geriatric care management, long term care insurance, senior real estate specialists, senior movers, and a myriad of other senior adult services. Having earned the respected Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® designation, Michael stays current on local and national elder care developments and resources. His corporate background includes banking and finance. As an investment professional, first in venture capital and later on Wall Street, he worked for prestigious firms such as JP Morgan and Austin Capital Management. Wanting to make a difference and help families, Mike moved from the esoteric world of high finance and founded Texas Senior Living Locators in 2012. Mike first moved to Austin in 1980 to attend graduate school at The University of Texas, where he received his MBA. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in economics and history, and also studied in Seville, Spain, where he became fluent in Spanish. During the academic phase of his career, Mike co-authored two books: Financing and Managing Fast Growth Companies: The Venture Capital Process and The New Business Incubator: Linking Talent, Technology, Capital and Know-How. In addition to holding the CSA certification, Mike is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and has taken the Texas Assisted Living Manager Courses from the Texas Assisted Living Association.
Thursday, September 17th – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
“Social and Emotional Awareness Through Writing”
Rob Colgate, Badgerdog
Rob Colgate is a poet and educator from Evanston, IL. He holds a degree in psychology and neuroscience from Yale University, where he directed the undergraduate peer counseling service, worked in a clinical neuroscience lab studying anxiety in the developing brain, and interned at a creative arts therapy institute with a focus in poetry therapy. Having previously spent time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry with the New Writers Project at UT Austin. He has taught writing at Northwestern University and UT Austin; currently, he teaches creative writing through The Library Foundation’s Badgerdog program and serves as the nonfiction editor for Bat City Review. He is the recipient of a Crawley-Garwood Research Grant and was named runner-up in the 2018 Connecticut Poetry Circuit. His first chapbook, So Dark the Gap, was published in March 2020. You can find him online at robcolgate.com.