Healings in Motion Announces that November 12, 2011, has been Proclaimed "Caregiver Appreciation Day" in San Joaquin County, Supporting the 4th Annual Caregiver Symposium

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Wayne Connell, Founder & President of the Invisible Disability Association (IDA) will be the guest speaker for the 4th Annual Caregiver Symposium presented by Healings in Motion at the Central United Methodist Church in Stockton, CA.

Wayne Connell is the Keynote Speaker, 2011 Caregiver

Wayne Connell, Founder of Invisible Disabilities Association

Believing a loved one when they say they are sick or in pain is the most important thing we can do. Just because we can’t see from the outside, what they are battling on the inside,doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Wayne Connell is the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Caregiver Symposium in Stockton, CA, which is presented by Healings in Motion. Wayne is the Founder and President of the Invisible Disabilities Association, which encourages, educates and connects people touched by illness, pain and injury. Wayne’s inspiration came from his wife, Sherri, who became disabled in 1991 due to Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Late-Chronic Lyme Disease. Sherri was extremely active all her life, working at the age of 10, singing and dancing in musicals, putting herself through college and obtaining three degrees. Now, going to a doctor’s appointment, taking a shower or getting a meal is a serious challenge for her. Wayne is passionate about the subject, yet lighthearted and enjoyable. In his presentations, he really “hits the nail on the head” for those living with chronic illness and pain. Wayne is also co-author, along with wife, Sherri, of the book, "But You LOOK Good".

"But You LOOK Good" is a 56 page book that gives those living with chronic illness and pain a voice about how they feel, what they need and how others can be an encouragement to them. It is a convenient, informative way to educate loved ones about what people living with ongoing illness and pain struggle with, fight for and need from their friends and family. It is easy to read, gives practical ideas on how loved ones can be supportive and is not too long for readers to lose interest! This booklet gets to the heart of why our friends and family have difficulty with understanding ongoing illness and pain. It serves as a tool to help explain how extreme fatigue, pain, dizziness, cognitive impairments and other symptoms can be limiting, even though the person may not look sick or in pain. Moreover, it gives them simple, pragmatic ways to truly be an encouragement, what to say, what not to say and how to help.

According to Partnership for Solutions, a comprehensive study about chronic care in America more than 125 million Americans have at least one chronic condition and nearly half have more than one. An illness or injury is considered chronic, when it lasts a year or longer, limits activity and may require ongoing care. The biggest grievance those with chronic conditions have is that their loved ones often do not believe what they are going through is real, because to others they “look good.” Sadly, this makes the person feel as if they are being called a liar or a wimp. This can cause great strains on relationships between friends, family members and spouses.

As a special gift to those attending the 2011 Caregiver Symposium, Healings in Motion will provide a copy of "But You LOOK Good" or a band that reads "Invisible No More". "All Caregivers in attendance will leave feeling special because they are!", says Mary Nicholson, founder of Healings in Motion. Exhibitors will also be on hand with samples of products and items that can bring more comfort to the Caregiver and to loved ones.

About the Men Caregiver’s Roundtable Discussion:
60% of Family Caregivers are woman. Today more men are finding themselves in this role caring for a wife, a parent or a child. Men discuss the emotional challenges and realities of caring for a loved one. Experienced Caregivers will share their experiences that offer an ear to those wanting to share experiences

The schedule for the day is as follows:

8AM - Registration/Exhibitors/ Continental Breakfast
9AM - Kick-Off Program
10AM - Wayne Connell, Keynote Speaker
11:15AM - Men’s Roundtable
12N - doTerra Essential Oils, Carol Guest
12:45PM - Art Therapy, Cynthia Wilson
1:30PM - Dr. Melford Larsen, Hyperbaric Oxygen
2:15PM - Dr. Russell Rottacker, Chiropractic Neurologist
3:PM - Heather Rogers: The Invisible Magic of Caregiving

Among the morning and afternoon sessions will be Tai-Chi Chih, the joy of movement, workshops on elder-care law, family and art therapy, balance and fall prevention, hyperbaric oxygen, essential oils and messages. A light lunch will also be provided.

This day-long symposium will be held at Central United Methodist Church, located at 3700 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA, across from the University of Pacific.

About Healings in Motion:
Healings in Motion is 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based out of Stockton, Ca. It facilitates programs and events promoting stroke prevention and supporting recovery from stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurological Impairments. It's staple programs are the monthly lunch and learn program, CV-RAPS (Central Valley Recovery, Awareness, Preventing Strokes program), The annual Coach for Life’s Champions Awards Dinner & Show and the annual "Caring for the Caregiver" Symposium.

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