Sonja Shute and Christina DeSantis are participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Sonja Shute and Christina DeSantis are participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Sonja and Christina are participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Sonja is Senior Director of Presbyterian Senior Services’ Circle of Care program in New York City. Originally from Canada, Sonja received her Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. She joined the PSS Circle of Care team in 2017, and recently became the program’s Senior Director.

Christina is Co-Director. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Adelphi University. Upon graduating from Fordham Christina joined PSS Circle of Care as a Care Consultant and recently became the Co-Director of the program.

Their topic is: “Start with YES: Using the Techniques of Improvisational Comedy and Empathy to Improve Caregiver Communications”

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

Lisa Cini is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Lisa Cini is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Lisa is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Lisa is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio, a global senior living design, project management and procurement company. She is also founder of www.BestLivingTech.com, which curates the best products to Embrace Living as we age.

Her award winning company has expanded 149% over the past three years helping a diverse clientele that includes the top global senior living operators, the United States Air Force and Navy, the National Hockey League and many more.

Her newest book, Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living How Our Family Makes it Work is Lisa’s personal account of how her family has designed a home in which 4-Generations live together and lead productive, happy and healthy lives, even as the eldest member of the family struggles with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. She is also the author of 2016’s THE FUTURE IS HERE…Senior Living Reimagined. And her 3rd book BOOM The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that You Can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive pre-release has already made #1 on Amazon Kindle in 4 countries!

His topic is: Leveraging Technology for Aging in Place

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

Caregiver Stress with Joan Braaten – Smilecast 162

Joan was caregiver to her 89-year-old mother. At first, she was resentful and angry. Then she went through a metamorphosis and looked on her journey as one of opportunity and optimism. What can we learn from her caregiving experience? How can we control caregiver stress? Tune in for this heartfelt interview.

Read more about our expert – Joan Braaten

Joan Braaten has a Baccalaureate degree in Healthcare from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. She is an Intuitive Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, Pranic Energy Healer and Public Speaker.

Cathy Bollinger is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Cathy Bollinger is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Cathy is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Cathy is Managing Director of Embracing Aging York County Community Foundation and leads York County (PA) Community Foundation’s long-term initiative, Embracing Aging, that focuses on culture change and how people experience aging in York County.  Embracing Aging’s goal is to create a community that is a safe, welcoming, appropriate, and adaptable place to age. In addition, Cathy develops and implements strategies to improve attitudes around aging so that we can understand and care about the needs and perspectives of all ages. She is a monthly columnist for the York Sunday News, has presented at national aging conferences and as part of national webinars focused on building age-friendly communities, and has been featured on local radio shows. She has also presented testimony at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in May 2017.

Her topic is: Strategies for Family Caregivers in the Workforce

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

Dr. Mimi is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Dr. Mimi is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Dr. Mimi is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Dr. Mimi Hull is a fully licensed psychologist whose specialty is the workplace. A super speaker and effective trainer, she builds relationships and develops effective leaders while resolving conflict and reducing stress. Having been a working caregiver, she knows the challenges of balancing many roles and how to deal with bosses, coworkers and clients. She is a familiar voice in Central Florida from her long-running radio program on workplace issues and her regular appearances on FOX TV.

Her topic is: Coming Out of the Closet with Caregiving – Workplace Issues

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

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