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Washington Post Live: Caregiving Seattle

They’ve been called “humble heroes,” the men and women who care for an aging or ill parent without pay and often while juggling a job and raising children. This Washington Post Live forum, Feb. 19 in Seattle, looked at better ways to support family caregivers and highlight their critical role in America today. Check back here for the latest updates and video highlights.

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Caregiving across miles: A conversation with guidebook author Rick Steves

Guidebook author and travel television host Rick Steves spoke with Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan at the Post’s Caregiving in America forum in Seattle. Here is that full conversation.

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February 24, 10:46 pm
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Caregiving and the bottom line

Drew Holzapfel, managing director at the High Lantern Group, and Jack Watters, vice president for external medical affairs at Pfizer Inc., discuss an employee coalition created in the halls of Pfizer, called Respect A Caregiver’s Time (ReACT), that helps managers and HR executives support their employee caregivers.

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February 24, 10:46 pm
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Caregiver discrimination

Donna Wagner is the associate dean for academic affairs at New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services. She spoke about the climate of caregiving in the workplace.

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February 24, 10:46 pm
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Caregiver bootcamp

Christina Marneris is the community services program coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities in Washington state. She helps facilitate local support groups for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers in Southwest Washington.

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February 24, 10:30 pm
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Caregiver support groups, like book club

Washington state’s First Lady Trudi Inslee and her husband, Gov. Jay Inslee, were married in 1972 and moved to Selah, Wash. in 1976. “I am here as a mom, as a daughter and a grandma,” the first lady told the audience at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum. Both her parents and her husband’s parents had needed caregivers.

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February 21, 7:05 pm
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Caregiving and women

Nancy Hooyman is a professor of gerontology at the University of Washington, and the dean emeritus of the School of Social Work. She spoke at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum, about the societal expectations of women as caregivers.

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February 21, 7:02 pm
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Coming out as a caregiver

Dr. Jack Watters is Pfizer’s vice president for external medical affairs. “They don’t want unpaid sick leave. Caregivers aren’t sick,” Watters said at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America. He spoke on the need for more flexibility at workplaces for those caring for an ill or aging loved one.

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February 21, 6:55 pm
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Redefining family caregivers

Dr. Shilpen Patel is an oncologist at the University of Washington Medical Center and serves as the chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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February 21, 6:50 pm
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What is the state's role in long-term care?

Washington state’s secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services Kevin W. Quigley at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving Seattle forum.

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February 20, 6:50 pm
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The young old

Alene Moris, 86, co-founded the Women’s Center at the University of Washington in 1971. More recently, she has been involved with community efforts to create new ways for elders to support each other as they age. “Right now we see the elderly as a problem,” she said at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving Seattle program. “Why don’t we look at the elderly as a resource?”

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February 20, 6:11 pm
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