31st Annual National Summit of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Empowering Caregiving for Stronger Communities
For more than 30 years, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving has supported family, volunteer, and professional caregivers through efforts of advocacy, education, research, and service. The RCI hosted its 31st Annual National Summit on October 25th-26th, 2018. Our one day conference helped empower caregivers who are caring for others with diverse, chronic illnesses and disability across the lifespan.
Our audience of family and professional caregivers, service providers, and volunteers heard from experts on topics all caregivers could relate to: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Legal Planning for the Future; The “A” Team: Building Your Care Team; Mind, Body, and Spirit: Complete Self-Care; and Coming Out of the Shadows: Caregiver Panel.We kicked off this year’s summit Thursday, October 25 with a screening of the film “The Weight of Honor” – followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director/executive producer, Stephanie Howard. Our Networking Reception was held immediately after the film, on the beautiful campus of Georgia Southwestern State University, in the Wheatley Administration Assembly Room – heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served.
We held the summit on Friday, October 26 with a warm welcome from former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and a keynote presentation from Mike Daly, NYPD cop turned Alzheimer’s caregiver featured on 60 Minutes. Our keynote was followed by three additional presentations and a discussion panel made up of family caregivers.
After Friday’s summit, The Gala Awards Banquet was held in Georgia Southwestern State University’s faculty dining room where a formal dinner and awards ceremony took place. We announced the winners of our Caregivers of the Year awards, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Scholarship recipients, and the winner of the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award. President Jimmy Carter delivered the blessing before dinner was served and Karla Heath-Sands, WALB news anchor, was emcee for the evening.