About Alex and Elaine Sanchez
Based on her own experience of caring for family elders, Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez, developed a passion for helping others cope with the emotional stress of caring for family elders. She frequently delivers keynotes, workshops and caregiver training sessions at caregiving and healthcare conferences, as well as to business organizations across the U.S. She is the author of the unflinchingly honest and uproariously funny book, “Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver”. She is the co-founder of the video-based caregiver support website CaregiverHelp.com, and she writes the daily blog “Caregiver Help Word of the Day”. Elaine and her husband Alex have developed a number of online continuing education courses for nurses, long-term care administrators, social workers and other mental health professionals. She also help developed and co-teach “Gero 407 – Caregiving” at Western Oregon University.
Dr. Alex Sanchez
Dr. Alex Sanchez is a lifelong educator. He served as a community college president for 15 years. In 2012, he retired from his position as Professor of Education at Oregon State University where he taught a doctoral program in Community College Leadership. Alex cared for Amey, his first wife, through her terminal illness with lung cancer. He provided care for his first mother-in-law until her death, and then when he and Elaine got married, he became her partner in caring for Madelyn and Quentin through the final years of their lives.
Elaine and Alex have both experienced caregiver anger, guilt, depression, and grief. They know how hard it is to meet the needs of a care receiver while dealing with the demands of high-pressure careers. They understand how challenging it is to stay connected with other family members and friends, and how easily self-care can get get shuffled to the bottom of the priority list.
Because they have personally experienced caring for loved ones who can no longer care for themselves, they understand how long, lonely, and frightening the caregiver journey can be. They combined Elaine’s experience in entertainment with Alex’s outstanding educational background to create a program that brings hope, humor and heart to the incredibly difficult challenge of caring for those who are aging, chronically ill or disabled. They developed CaregiverHelp.com so no one will ever have to walk the caregiving path alone.