Larry Dawalt is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Larry is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Larry Dawalt to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Larry Dawalt is Senior Director of Spiritual and Grief Care Services for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. He has been in hospice care since 1993 and also worked ten years in parish ministry. As an invited speaker, Larry has addressed national, regional and local organizations on topics dealing with spirituality, comparative religion, compassionate communication, end of life care, and grief.   Fr our Summit, he will be offering information that will Demystify Hospice & Palliative Care.

In addition to his studies and specific training in Clinical Pastoral Education, Larry has received the designation Certified in Thanatology from the Association of Death Educators and Counselors and is also a Certified Trauma Services Specialist.

caregiver smile summitHer topic on the caregiver smile summit is: The Hospice Experience: Compassionate Care at the End of Life

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Michelle Seitzer is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Michelle is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Caregiver Smile Summit participant Michelle Seitzer launched Caregiving Advice in January 2019 after two decades of working with caregiving families from senior living communities, advocating for family caregivers through a policy position with the Alzheimer’s Association, helping her own family navigate stroke & dementia caregiving for her grandparents, writing thousands of articles about caregiving, and becoming the parent of a special needs child with complex medical issues. Through these life and work experiences, she’s found that what families and individuals need most — regardless of their age or stage of caregiving — is quite universal: They need advice. They need resources. They need help. They need hope. And they need it from someone who understands caregiving from all angles. Seitzer seeks to help professionals and families better understand the impact of caregiving and find a starting point through compassionate support and practical advice. Through a variety of consulting services, she also offers practical advice to small businesses and startups on effectively reaching their target caregiver audience.

caregiver smile summitHer topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Finding Peers Who “Get It:” How to Connect with Other Millennial Caregivers So You Don’t Feel So Alone

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Terri Tanielian is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Terri Tanieliam is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We welcome Terri to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Caregiver Smile Summit Expert Terri is a senior behavioral scientist and a nationally recognized expert on veteran mental health. Her areas of interest include military and veterans health policy; military suicide; military sexual assault; psychological effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters. She has led multiple studies to assess the needs of veterans and to examine the readiness of private healthcare providers to deliver timely, high quality care to veterans and their families. She has also examined community based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families.

As the former director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, she spent a decade overseeing RAND’s diverse military health research portfolio. She was the co–study director for a large, non-governmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan entitled Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. She was also the co-director for RAND’s study Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers, the first representative study of military caregiving in the United States. She also recently completed a feasibility assessment examining the integration of DoD and VA purchased care approaches.

Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and reports. She currently serves as a fellow in the Military Service Initiative for the George W Bush Institute. She was a member of the planning committee for the 18th, 22nd, and 26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, which focused on mental health needs and recovery following September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. She earned her M.A. in psychology from American University.

caregiver smile summitTerri’s’s session at the Caregiver Smile Summit is entitled: Military Caregivers: Who Are They and How Can We Help Them?

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Our Friday Song of the Week-Woodstock-What Are We Fighting (Vietnam Song)


Our Friday Song of the Week – Woodstock – What Are We Fighting For

After seeing Santana in Charlotte my wife and I were inspired to have a Woodstock party. Not taking my duties lately, I found the Woodstock lineup and all the songs that were performed. I took it upon myself to try to learn at least one or two songs from each artist at Woodstock in the order of appearance. Some artists or songs were so obscure that I had to skip them or I simply did not know the songs. For some artists I didn’t care for the songs that they did at Woodstock so I did another one of their songs that they made famous after Woodstock. I figured it was only appropriate to rehearse in my garage and to tape the rehearsal as opposed to going into my more polished studio and hooking up everything to my sound system on my computer. So what you’re seeking and hearing is my replication of our version of Woodstock complete with the garage band feel, me in jeans and a T-shirt and unshaven. Please pardon the surroundings, but I thought it would add some authenticity, but I hope you enjoy the songs. So here’s one by Country Joe MacDonald on Day 2 of Woodstock called What Are We Fighting For or the Vietnam Protest Song.

Dr. Jill Bjerke is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Dr. Jill Bjerke is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We welcome Jill to the Caregiver Smile Summit. Dr. Bjerke is an internationally recognized subject matter expert in aging/thriving at home, a senior safety expert, author and consultant and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).  She is CEO and Founder of Home Transition Solutions Group, which encompasses Cut the Clutter Co., LLC (downsizing, housing transition, clutter elimination and creating safe homes), Silver Spaces (aging in place and home safety inspections and assessments) and the mobile app she created for doing the inspections called SilverSpaces ( The app is now being used in 12 countries around the world and is the only one of its kind that addresses senior home safety and aging in place decision-making. She currently has a podcast call “Right Now” on the and is on the editorial board of the Certified Senior Advisor’s Journal. She also volunteers for animal welfare and hospice and sits on many corporate boards.

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Angela’s session at the Caregiver Smile Summit is entitled: Aging In Place: It’ Not What You Think

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