BSDC HOSTS FAMILY CAREGIVERS AWARENESS DAY
Nan Blackshear presents BSDC CEO Rhonda Lewis with proclamation from Borough President Marty Markowitz
January 31, 2012
In her opening remarks, Rhonda A. Lewis, BSDC’s president & CEO, expressed gratitude to the family caregivers in attendance: “I would like to thank YOU, the family caregivers who work tirelessly, who receive phone calls in the middle of the night, who take time away from your own jobs and family, and who put your loved one’s comfort and well-being ahead of your own. Thank you!” New York State Assembly Member Annette Robinson addressed the gathering about her own experience as a caregiver for her elderly mother. Nan Blackshear, from the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, also revealed her own role as a family care-giver before presenting a proclamation declaring it to be BSDC Family Caregivers Awareness Day in Brooklyn.
The keynote speaker at the event was Diane Leona Cooper, president and founder of Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment, a Bronx-based non-profit organization that advocates for health awareness and education for family caregivers. The panel discussion included Ms. Cooper, along with elder care attorney Martin Petroff; Paula Rice, manager of African-American outreach for the NYC chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Patricia Myers, author of Embracing the Teardrops.
In planning the event, BSDC teamed up with the National Family Caregivers Association, Visit-ing Nurse Service of New York, Emblem Health, AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter, the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA and Walmart, to provide a variety of practical in-formation and resources to assist family caregivers. Workshop topics included: Caring for the Caregiver, Social Security and Medicare, Stress Reduction Techniques, Healthcare Reform & Homecare Services, and more.