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Free Conferences On The Web

adrouin October 31st, 2010, 3:26 PM
Amy Dixon, BSN, RN, After Hours Supervisor, Customer Care Center
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I absolutely love informative conferences! If it were up to me I would spend most of my paycheck going to a different conference every other week on different topics: nursing, writing, care-giving, women’s issues, self-help, cooking, integrative medicine, and innovation seminars. I always go home feeling inspired to build on my new knowledge. Unfortunately, attending conferences isn’t a cheap hobby, but I’ve discovered there are many free online conferences or webinars available from the comfort of your own home.

This past week I had the pleasure of watching LIVE footage from The Women’s Conference 2010 via Los Angeles. Speakers included:

  • First Lady Michelle Obama who spoke about how we all need to support military families through volunteer work.
  • A panel discussion lead by Journalist Campbell Brown with female executives from across the country about women in leadership as well as work-life balance for career moms.
  • Plus, a very spirited discussion with Justices Ruth Ginsberg and Sandra Day O’Connor led by Diane Sawyers. Justice O’Connor spoke poignantly about the recent loss of her husband to Alzheimer’s. They each exuded compassion of self and others through their life stories.

You can watch many of the sessions at no cost from The Women’s Conference 2010 here: http://www.womensconference.org/a-day-of-transformation-2010/ while they’re still available.

The American Society on Aging offers wonderful, FREE, webinars in their Family Caregiving Support Series. I viewed a presentation about the use of the arts with seniors for health promotion as well as the concept of guided autobiography for coping. Both seminars were excellent examples of tapping into creativity throughout the lifespan to increase socialization and improve health. The next free seminar from The American Society on Aging is on Wednesday, November 17th at 1:00pm Eastern Time regarding “Challenges of Communication Between Older Adults and their Children”. I’ll likely join in and blog about it in November. Join me here: http://www.asaging.org/webseminars/index.cfm.

And, of course, The Visiting Nurse Service of New York has a wealth of interactive information for individuals interested in home care, caregiver support, or safety in the home on its website. Videos include: How To Recognize If Your Parents Need Home Care, How To Ensure Your Parent’s End-Of-Life Wishes Are Carried Out, and How To Relieve Stress When Caring For An Aging Parent Or Spouse among others. VNSNY may also be recording some caregiver seminars being held throughout Manhattan for individuals who may not be able to attend in person.

Finally, if you haven’t heard about TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, allow me to introduce you. The website’s tagline is: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world”, and that’s exactly what TED is! You can choose from various talks by authors, doctors, performers, scientists, and CEO’s. Here’s a great talk by Stacey Kramer on TED about the greatest gift she ever received: http://www.ted.com/talks/stacey_kramer_the_best_gift_i_ever_survived.html

It’d be great if the comments below can be a running list of various free online seminars or conferences available on the internet, particularly for caregivers.

If you know of any, please post the link below. Thanks so much!

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