Are you organizing an event centered around seniors, caregivers or professionals that work with elderly people and their changing needs? Consider hiring Helping Seniors™ for your roster of speakers. For the past 20+ years, Marie-Claude Giguère has specifically dealt with the difficult conversations when a senior faces a loss of autonomy and its implications on living arrangements or relocation to specialized housing. Over the years she has addressed seniors’ groups, caregivers and professional organisations in a variety of causeries as well as at industry conferences.

The presentation

The presentation combines results of field research, anecdotes, and audio-visual aids to convey the critical importance of talking to seniors about their current living arrangements as well as their options moving forward. As we age, our needs and our situations change. Sometimes, this change can be gradual over decades in the making, while other times, an incident or a sudden change in our circumstances require immediate action. Whatever the concern or situation is, we need to address these topics candidly, openly and constructively as a society as well as with seniors and their broad support systems.

Here are examples of some topics explored during the presentations:

  • How to open the conversation of whether to Stay or Move? ™ and what are the taboos surrounding this emotionally charged topic;
  • The physical setup of the current living environment, possible adaptations and different options for home services;
  • In the case of a move, what to expect from retirement communities and how to plan and organize a successful move.

The audience will leave with actionable items and practical advice regarding how to identify changing behaviours and needs, get more comfortable to start those difficult conversations and ultimately guide seniors and their families them through the choices of staying or moving.
Get in touch with us today to find out how you can book Helping Seniors™ at your next event or conference and to request a detailed speaking engagement brief.

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Canadian Association on Aging conference– Aging…from Cells to Society

2013

Halifax, NS October 17-19
Round table discussion “The level of guilt increases when we use the term ‘to place a
senior’”.
Life Speak.

2015

Hired to create 5 videos for their clients’ corporate lunch and learn programs. Titles:
Role of the caregiver, I sense my caregiver role is coming soon, how do I
prepare?, How to Talk About a Loss of Autonomy with your Aging Parents,
Adapting the House, Paperwork and the Finances

2016

American Society on Aging | Washington, DC: March 20-23, 2016
Community Symposium: Aging in Community: Design, Safety and Smart Choices.

Surveys show that the majority of older adults want to age in place. In order to achieve this goal, many factors must be considered including design, safety, accessibility, health and even the language we use to talk about choices. Join our panel of presenters as they share their expertise on this timely topic.

2017

National Association of Senior Move Managers- Ignite presentation. 
5 minutes, 20 slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. Aging: Our Words
Matter. 

2018

National Association of Senior Move Managers- Ponte Verda, Fl February 24-27
Before They Call You: Fears & Family Dynamics Before the Move

Older American Month, event hosted by CareWell Services in Battle Creek,
Michigan, MI.
Three different presentations over 3 days: Who do I talk to about if I should Stay or
Move? (seniors), Agh! My parents are so stubborn (adult children/care givers),
What types of conversations are families having (professionals)

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