Thursday, October 13, 2022

9 – 11:30 a.m. (MST/Arizona)


Free of charge for family caregivers
$15 per person for professionals


Aaron Blight, Ed.D

When Caregiving Calls

Macie P. Smith, Ed.D

When Your Loved One Resists:
Dealing with Difficult People

Dr. Aaron Blight is an international speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare. His discussion will highlight how caring for a loved one changes a caregiver’s identity: their view of self, their relationships with others, and their place in society. Using his personal and professional expertise, concepts from his book, When Caregiving Calls, and research in the field of caregiving, Dr. Blight will offer caregivers a framework for processing their experience and developing the resilience needed to continue supporting their loved ones. Learn more about Dr. Blight.

Award winning educator, author, writer, and television personality, Dr. Macie P. Smith has received national and international recognition for her work on dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and family caregiving. Dr. Smith will draw on more than 20 years of professional experience as well as concepts from her book, A Dementia Caregiver’s Guide to Care, to address the resistance many caregivers face from their loved ones. Participants will learn tips and tools to better understand the meaning of resistance, the reasons behind it, and how to identify strategies to address it. Learn more about Dr. Smith.

Whether you are a family caregiver or a professional, this truly will be a memorable learning experience. KTAR 92.3 FM host Jayme West will moderate the discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during the presentation to be answered by Dr. Blight and Dr. Smith.


Respite care reimbursement is available to Arizona residents on a first-come-first-served basis per a generous grant from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. To determine if you qualify, please call Duet and ask for Deanne Poulos at (602) 274-5022, ext. 115, or email poulos@duetaz.org.

Jayme West

KTAR 92.3 FM
Arizona’s Morning News
Emcee and moderator

How the Event Will Work

You will receive an email immediately after registering and a reminder the day of the event that will contain the link to join the event.

To maximize your viewing experience, prior to the symposium we recommend installing Zoom on your device and testing your Zoom access beforehand. Simply click on the buttons below to install Zoom and to test it.


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Duet is a non-profit organization that promotes health and well-being through its vitally needed, free-of-charge services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; our Federal Tax ID number is 74-2370522. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.