Captivate Your Attendees and Help Them Cope with the Emotional Stress of Caregiving

Elaine delivers tender, gritty and uproariously funny “one woman shows,” that help family and professional caregivers understand and cope with caregiver anger, guilt, depression, and grief.

Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez

Careigver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez

“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day for the 385 caregivers attending the Challenges in Caregiving Conference. They laughed, they cried, they felt understood . . . and they learned the importance of taking care of themselves.”
Bev Ricker, Program Coordinator
Challenges in Caregiving
Department of Social and Health Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration, Olympia, WA

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Keynotes by Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez

For Family & Professional Caregivers

Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor – but don’t let the entertainment value fool you. Her presentations are content rich and attendees come away knowing that anger, guilt, depression and grief are part of the caregiving journey, and that having negative feelings doesn’t make them bad people.
They learn how to:

  • Develop an “Attitude of Creative Indifference” toward stress
  • Respond to dementia-related challenging behaviors
  • Create a personalized caregiver survival plan

Based on her own experience of caring for family members, Elaine knows that caregiving is entirely too difficult to take seriously all of the time, so she artfully weaves humor and real-life caregiving stories into her keynotes, workshops and trainings.

Finding Hope and Humor in Caregiving . . . “And for this I take VITAMINS!!!”

Based on her unflinchingly honest and uproariously funny book, “Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver”, Elaine’s presentation, “Finding Hope, Humor & Heart in Caregiving . . . “And for this I take VITAMINS?!!!” is a combination between a keynote and a one-woman play that has audience members laughing through their tears.

Having the Sex Talk with Dad . . . Responding to Dementia-Related Challenges Behavior

In this hilarious and heartwarming keynote, Elaine K Sanchez shares real-life stories about dementia-related challenging behaviors – including inappropriate sexual behavior. She provides insights into communicating with people who have dementia as well as strategies for responding to a variety of challenging behaviors. She helps us understand that regardless of our age or cognitive abilities, we never lose our desire for attention, love, and control.

Customized Breakout Sessions and Workshops
Caregiver Survival Training

For Family & Professional Caregivers

Based on the time available, Elaine can customize her presentations to meet the needs of your family and professional caregivers.  Whether you want a one-hour breakout session or a full-day program, your attendees will come away energized, encouraged, and equipped with new methods of coping with the emotional stress of caring for those who can no longer care for themselves.

Help attendees successfully manage the emotional stress of caregiving by providing a unique process for coping with caregiver anger, guilt, depression and grief. By incorporating humorous stories and entertaining graphics into her interactive workshops, Elaine addresses some of the most difficult emotional issues faced by caregivers and keeps them engaged as they learn the three-step process of developing an “Attitude of Creative Indifference” toward the people, situations and events that cause them the greatest amount of stress.

Coping with Caregiver Anger and Guilt

Anger and guilt are two emotions frequently experienced by both family and professional caregivers. In this presentation Elaine K Sanchez addresses some of the reasons caregivers get angry, including the 3-F’s of Flipping Out, which are Fatigue, Fear and Frustration. She provides a three-step process that helps caregivers develop an “Attitude of Creative Indifference” toward the people, situations and events that cause them to experience feelings that range from irritation to rage. She also helps them recognize the guilt trippers in their lives, identify when feelings of guilt are not appropriate, and she provides a unique strategy that helps them stop feeling guilty when they have not intentionally inflicted emotional or physical pain on another person. People often say that following Elaine’s method of coping with guilt is life-altering.

Managing Caregiver Depression & Grief

The emotional and physical symptoms of depression and grief are so similar that Elaine often refers to them as the “evil twins of caregiving”. In this presentation she addresses the differences between reactionary depression and clinical depression as well as treatments for both. She also explains the difference between preparatory grief and grief after death. Family and professional caregivers come away with strategies for honoring their feelings and caring for themselves while they work their way through the losses and emotional pain associated with caring for individuals who can no longer care for themselves.

Caring for the Caregiver

Caregiver Self-Care is critical to the survival of both family and professional caregivers, and yet it is one of things that most caregivers fail to do. In this breakout session, Elaine offers a series of survival tips are practical, applicable and empowering. The strategies may not be unique, but the stories attached to each tip are funny, poignant, and/or inspiring. From “Redefining Fun” to “Saying Goodbye”, each tip emphasizes the importance of caregiver self-care and helps caregivers develop their own personalized survival plan in order to avoid physical and emotional burnout.

Ducks in a Row

“Ducks in a Row” is an ideal presentation for people who are in the process of taking over the care of family elders, as well as individuals who want to control how their healthcare, finances, and possessions will be handled during the final stages of their own lives. From starting difficult conversations to completing end-of-life documents, Elaine provides attendees with a system that helps them get their ducks in a row.

Videos and Testimonials

What Meeting Planners Say About Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez

“The evaluations of our conference were all extremely positive and you were definitely the star of the day! I think many people felt as if they had made a new friend!”
Pam Wessel, MSSW
Director of Services
Pima Council on Aging, Tucson, AZ
“Elaine was delightful and personable with a very real take on life. I laughed and I cried. I learned many things I can use in my professional life as well as my personal life. Her keynote and workshop left me feeling refreshed.”
Diana Dolan, SHIP Counselor
Montana Gerontology Conference
“Elaine Sanchez is an unsurpassed author and speaker on elder care. She puts her heart, her incredibly savvy insight and amazing sense of humor into her work. She is original, inspiring, hilarious, down to earth, and practical all at once. For anyone who has been, is, or will be in a caregiver role, the wisdom she has to offer is a must.”
Melora Jackson MS, CMHT
Mississippi Department of Mental Health
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See Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez in Action

Dementia-Related Challenging Behaviors – Including Inappropriate Sexual Behavior: Understanding and managing the behavior of someone with dementia can be one of the most difficult challenges of caregiving. In this portion of Elaine’s workshops, she provides methods for effectively communicating with people who have dementia-related illness. She also addresses dementia-related surprising, uninhibited and inappropriate sexual behavior. Her real-life stories about sex and dementia never fail to generate belly laughs. At the same time it offers tremendous relief to family members and professional caregivers alike who were not aware that this type of behavior is not at all unusual in stroke survivors, people who have Alzheimer’s and individuals who are taking Dopamine to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

Caregiver Guilt is a cruel and controlling emotion. Elaine helps attendees recognize whether their feelings of guilt are self-imposed or being imposed upon them by someone else. She also helps caregivers identify the guilt-trippers in their lives, and she coaches them through a process that changes the way they respond to people who use anger and guilt to control others.

Caregiver Depression is part of the caregiving journey. Elaine discusses the two types of depression common to most caregivers – Reactionary Depression and Clinical Depression. She offers strategies for coping with Reactionary Depression and explains that Clinical Depression is a medical condition that requires medical treatment.

Caregiver Grief is a complicated process, especially for people who are losing someone they love to a progressive, degenerative disease. Elaine helps attendees understand that Preparatory Grief begins long before life ends, and she provides helpful strategies for coping with ongoing changes and losses. The characters featured in this video are presented as PowerPoint slides when Elaine talks about managing the emotional stress as caregivers go through the process of Preparatory Grief.

Caregiver Self-Care is critical to the survival of both family and professional caregivers, and yet it is one of things that most caregivers fail to do. In this portion of Elaine’s workshops, she offers a series of practical strategies for self-care and helps caregivers create their own personalized survival plan.

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To learn more about Keynote Speaker Elaine K Speaker, visit her website


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