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Speaker, author, Caregiver Champion
Breeda Miller Speaking
"Take a Break Before You Break -- my personal mantra and one I share broadly."
I was my mothers primary caregiver through hospice care in my home. I was truly an Accidental Caregiver - no training or plan. I loved my mom and she needed care. I also have three children, all adopted, two with special needs. I lived in the Sandwich Generation for 8 years. My humor got me through it all and now I want to share what I learned with other caregivers. Apart from speaking and writing about Caregiving, I work for the University of Michigan producing major events for the health system.
Thanks Kate. My differentiator is my presentation style and tone. In my research, I found that the majority of videos supporting caregivers were academic in tone or just pretty dry. My goal is to provide a warm and humorous setting to engage caregivers. To provide videos that are accessible and entertaining. My future plan is to create a series of Helpinars which will feature interviews with experts, how-tos and other useful segements. Each of the video Helpinars will be broken out in 5 minute sections and the entire series will contain between 5 and 10 sections. I haven't seen this approach in other video programs - lay caregiver to another in a home, chatting over a warm cup of something. My program is not specific to dementia.
It certainly could be. Time and travel are huge issues for caregivers. Creating local places to go for even a brief time to support each other would be a huge benefit. My focus at the moment is to establish the positive, supportive community and mindset of finding humor and keeping good spirits up in spite of heavy responsibilities. Sometimes leaving the house is very difficult, but such a worthwhile goal. My hope is that the Caregiver Coffeebreak will support those who just cannot get out as often as they would like.
Thank you Tonia. I am hoping to build a variety of resources that are accessable and useful to support caregivers. The feeling of isolation is so real and I hope these warm and personal videos can help caregivers feel supported and not so alone.