There is an event coming up in late October early November, the Caregivers Smile Summit, a five day virtual conference to help caregivers.

Having been a carer in a small way myself, and having observed especially my mother as a carer over many years, I see this as a milestone event and I’m delighted that I am to be part of it.

Day 1 Intro from Anthony Cirillo on Vimeo.

Some statistics

According to figures compiled for 2015, some 43.5 million unpaid American caregivers (13.46% of the population) cared for an adult or child over a 12 month period. About 34.2 million of those (10.58% of the population) were caring for an adult 50 years or over.  

In Australia in the corresponding period the total number of unpaid carers was around 2.4 million, so about 11.18% of the population (I can’t find a breakdown for those caring for adults 50+).

In short, caregivers make up a significant proportion of the population.

A team of experts assembled, across a range of fields

I’m honoured to have been invited to participate in this 5 day event, the Caregiver Smile Summit, as a guest expert, along with a formidable array of 49 other experts in an impressive array of fields of expertise.

If you are a caregiver, this event will help to transform your caregiving by providing practical knowledge to make you a better caregiver, and take care of your own health, while preparing you for your own aging journey. 

It will commence October 30, just prior to National Family Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

My friends Anthony Cirillo and Dr. Douglas Fitzgerald have assembled their team of  experts across the health, aging and caregiving fields, who will address all of the important topics you – or someone you know – need to know about as a caregiver.

In my session I’ll be focusing on social media and how it can help caregivers in a variety of ways.

This summit is ideal for just about anyone

If you are an experienced caregiver, this is for you as well.

If you are just starting to see the signs that your mother and/or father need care, this is for you.

Even if your caregiving journey is over there will be something you can learn about preparing for your own aging needs.

Boomers especially should consider attending the Summit (a Canadian Government survey found that most caregivers there are in the age range 54-64).

And even foresighted GenX’ers and Millennials, who already make up 25% of family caregivers, can learn something too.

You can purchase an All Access pass to the Summit at this link NOW! I hope to see you there!

PS: Even if you are not a caregiver yourself, I’ll bet you know someone in your family or among your circle of friends and/or colleagues who is a caregiver. So do them a favor and share this blog post with them

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Des Walsh is a business coach and social media strategist. He helps owners of small and medium business meet confidently the special challenges of this age of rapid transformation, deliver great results and stay balanced and happy in the process. Des has been actively engaged for over 20 years in promoting the business opportunities of the digital economy, is a certified specialist in social media strategy, a blogger, podcaster and co-author of the best-selling book LinkedIn for Recruiting.

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