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Thank you for a successful 2018 Caregivers Count! Conference


Compassion Fatigue and the Family Caregiver: When Caring Too Much Can Hurt

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the Founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© and Healthy Caregiving, LLC. As a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist with more than 20 years of training experience, she writes, speaks and facilitates trainings in service of those who care for others in all of the helping professions.  With a background in journalism, Patricia’s writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the San Jose Mercury News where she was a correspondent for more than 20 years. Her seminal book, To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving, is a comprehensive look at compassion fatigue, its causes and symptoms, and how to begin the healing process. Her book, Compassion Satisfaction: 50 Steps to Healthy Caregiving, guides readers through 50 steps toward authentic, sustainable self-care and compassion satisfaction.


The Role of a Patient Advocate: A Glimpse of a Caregiver's Life

Speaker: Dr.  Phillip Choe

Dr. Philip Choe is a board certified geriatrician who completed his training at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine.   He currently serves as a geriatrician at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and as the associate director of the Stanford Geriatric Fellowship Program to train and educate future geriatricians in the Bay Area. His goal is to provide a comprehensive and holistic medical service to the aging population through his training in osteopathy, medical acupuncture, and evidence-based medicine. His academic interest is in curriculum development and quality improvement. In his spare time, he tries to spend as much quality time with his wife and two daughters.

Voices from the Front Line: A Caregiver Panel

Moderated by Alexandra Morris, MA, Professional Training Specialist, Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada

Thank you to our generous event sponsors:















Helpful resources:

Download Patricia's presentation


Dr. Choe's presentation

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

Compassionate Communication for the Memory Impaired

Caregiving Tips for Families

The Caregiving Journey

Three Ways to Respond When Someone with Alzheimer's Says I Want to Go Home

Caregiving Basics: Compassionate Communication

Peggy's Picks - Top 6 Caregiver Resources

FREE Online Classes from the Alzheimer’s Association:


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