FCA presents Today Was a Good Day

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May 19, 2021
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Welcome

Thank you for joining us for a special screening of Today Was a Good Day. This event is offered in partnership between Tight Knit, a project by The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Family Caregiver Alliance. We look forward to sharing the documentary "Today Was a Good Day" with you, and having you participate in our panel discussion after the film.

Video Descriptions

A Welcome from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Thank you for joining the Family Caregiver Alliance's screening of Today Was a Good Day.

Today Was a Good Day

Today Was A Good Day tells the stories of three Detroit residents all caring for their aging parents. The short documentary shares their experiences while providing a glimpse into a life stage that will likely become familiar to many of us.

60 minutes

Moderators

  • Amy Abbott, Digital Host

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    Chris Riley

  • Co-Moderator Avatar
    Michele Swanson

Participants

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    Kathleen Kelly, Moderator

    Panelist

    Kathleen Kelly is Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that provides direct caregiver support services, public policy development, research, and public awareness regarding family caregivers. As director, she oversees programs of the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center, California policy collaborations, and the National Center on Caregiving. During her tenure, the organization has grown from a grassroots program to a national organization that provides leadership on supporting family caregivers with best practice interventions, public policy, state system development, and leading edge research.

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    Dr. Paula Duren

    Panelist

    Paula Duren, Ph.D. is the Director of Universal Dementia Caregivers. Her caregiving experiences resulted in the creation of a research based positive psychology training approach, which honors both the care recipient and the caregiver. Universal Dementia Caregivers (UDC) prepares caregivers with strategies to engage the hearts and spirits of those living with dementia in need-based communities while caring for the caregiver. Dr. Duren is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; and a Leadership Detroit graduate.

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    Norell Wheeler, MPH/MBHS, FCA Family Consultant

    Panelist

    Norell Wheeler joined FCA soon after completing a dual master’s degree program in Public Health and Behavioral Health Science. She has over 20 years’ experience both personal and professional in the field of caregiving and public health. Her free time is spent reading the latest on Neuroscience, painting and writing, spending quality time with family and friends, discovering her ancestry and traveling.

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    Roger Young

    Panelist

    Roger Young was born in Hamtramck-Detroit, MI. The oldest of a sister and brother. I attended Highland Park and Detroit Schools and graduated in 1977. I went to college and Trade School. Learn to cook at an early age and went to culinary school. My parents opened a restaurant and I had 2 Catering business. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer and Vascular Dementia 7 ½ years ago and I moved her with me. I became her caregiver. I’ve attended Dementia workshops, support groups and conferences for 5 years plus. Under the Universal Dementia Organization, I received the 2019 Caregiver of the Year Award. In 2020 I was gifted as one of the participants of the documentary: Today Was A Good Day, by The Ralph Wilson Foundation.

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