Caregiving Speaker & Author
What’s funny about caring for someone who is aged, chronically ill, or disabled? Absolutely nothing! However, author, speaker, and cofounder of CaregiverHelp.com, Elaine K Sanchez, knows first-hand that caregiving is entirely too difficult to take seriously all of the time. Read More >
TEDTalk: Having the Sex Talk with Dad
Sex and Dementia Vignette - Having the Sex Talk With Dad
End of Life Planning Vignette - Ducks in a Row
Based on her unflinchingly honest and uproariously funny book, Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver, Elaine’s presentation, “Finding Hope, Humor & Heart in Caregiving . . . “And for this I take VITAMINS?!!!” is a combination keynote-one-woman play that has audience members laughing through their tears. Read More >
Elaine customizes her keynotes and incorporates real-life stories from the experiences of both family and professional caregivers about anger, guilt, depression, grief and dementia-related challenging behaviors. Attendees often comment that they come away from Elaine’s keynote feeling validated and understood. They frequently say, “She gives me permission to be human.” Read Less ^
In her hilarious and heartwarming keynote, “Having the Sex Talk With Dad”, Elaine K Sanchez shares real-life stories about dementia-related challenging behaviors - including inappropriate sexual behavior. She provides insights into communicating with people who have dementia as well as strategies for responding to challenging behaviors. She helps us understand that regardless of our age or cognitive abilities, we never lose our desire for attention, love, and control.
“Ducks in a Row” is an ideal presentation for people who are in the process of taking over the care of family elders, as well as individuals who want to control how their healthcare, finances, and possessions will be handled during the final stages of their own lives. From starting difficult conversations to completing end-of-life documents, she provides attendees with a system that helps them get their ducks in a row.
"Elaine was a keynote speaker at the OSU Gerontology Conference. I loved her message, her compassion, her expertise, and her humor! Not many people can have me taking notes while I laugh at the same time I'm wiping away a tear. I found myself wishing that I could hear Elaine again soon."
"We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day for the 385 caregivers attending the Challenges in Caregiving Conference. They laughed, they cried, they felt understood...and they learned the importance of taking care of themselves."
"The evaluations of our conference were all extremely positive and you were definitely the star of the day! I think many people felt as if they had made a new friend!"
"Elaine is a warm and loving human being whose passion for supporting caregivers translates immediately to an audience. You cannot look at her work apart from who she is as a person. One flows from the other. Her humorous stories give one hope that, with a good approach, even some of our most challenging life experiences bring value, wisdom and perspective. Our families continue to comment on how valuable her presentation was to their perspective on caregiving. No matter how big the responsibility, we all continue to be human beings with the limitations that come with a physical body that gets tired and needs rejuvenation. Elaine is an exceptional speaker who draws capacity attendance in our caregiver series segments around the country. Whether working moms, sandwich generation boomers or spouses caring for a partner, Elaine brings a light to the topic of caregiving that will refresh the lives of caregivers in one dose!"
"'Caring, informative and compassionate' and 'amazing speaker' are just a few of the comments we received when Elaine Sanchez spoke at the 39th Annual Oregon State University Gerontology conference. Her keynote address captivated the audience from beginning to end, combining humor and optimism, [and offering] valuable insight and information. The 2-day conference brings together over 40 speakers, and attracted almost 500 attendees, primarily professional caregivers. Ms. Sanchez was one of our most popular speakers at the conference. She is wonderful and easy to work with, and would be an invaluable asset to any event."
"Elaine Sanchez has an energetic style that draws in the audience. From her own experience, she understands the feelings and knows the trials of being a caregiver. Her acting and audio-visual aids enthralled the participants. Elaine prepared for our specific group and weaved in her general information. One person had a written comment, “Love, love, love Elaine.” She is a compassionate person and gives a compelling lecture."
"Elaine is the only speaker I know who so easily touches the heart and mind of the family caregivers, staff and professionals in the audience. When she spoke about the emotions while caring for a loved one, you could see people in the audience nodding in agreement and when she shared a funny situation people really laughed because they are or have walked down the same road and she was telling her story but it was their story as well. She gave the audience tools to help deal with emotions and stress in a healthy, simple and practical way. I like to speak with attendees after each talk and everyone said they were so glad they attended. She has a wonderful gift, and I cannot imagine how many lives she has impacted."