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Featuring Craig Jennings - Founder of Caring for the Caregiver

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On Tuesday, April 19th at 2pm EST, Susan Baida, Co-Founder of eCareDiary will interview Craig Jennings, Founder of Caring for the Caregiver. When his wife, Ann Jennings, developed breast cancer, Craig became a reluctant caregiver. For both this was an unwelcome reversal of roles. Ann was used to taking care of the house & everything in it. Craig was a business coach & fully absorbed in its practice. Now Ann had to accept being passive & cared for & Craig had to pretty much set aside his business, concentrating on cleaning, shopping & looking after Ann.

Caring For The Caregiver creates programs with community organizations on Long Island. Last year, the Bishop's Committee of St. Bede's Episcopal Church of Syosset supported Caring For The Caregiver with labor & funding, creating a Caregiver's Fair in Syosset attended by 82 caregivers. Next, they created a Caring Circle, where Caregivers could come & unload their burdens. These caregivers became a healing circle - the caregivers in the circle reached out to help & heal the other members & measurable signs of progress became apparent.

This year, buoyed by the acceptance of several grant applications, Caring For The Caregiver is reaching out to communities in Long Island. They have engaged a remarkable Keynote speaker, the Reverend Greg Johnson, who scheduled a follow-on program for Syosset in March. They are reaching out to other communities to generate similar Caregivers Fairs & Caring Circles. While the program has significant advertising & production costs, they support much of the expense on behalf of an organization which commits to doing the hard work of generating the program & can provide training & structure in helping them generate it.

Susan Baida & John Mills invite listeners to visit their website http://www.eCareDiary.com - a central, no-cost portal for all things aging. Visit the blog, products page, legal docs, etc. at the eCareDiary website http://www.eCareDiary.com.