November 25, 2011

TALKING TURKEY...With Your Doctor!

Guests: Ann Albert, Executive Director of Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) and SAIL S.O.S. Personal Emergency Response Service Sue Gaard, RN, Founder of Confident Conversations

Navigating the healthcare system is a challenge for the best of us. With about 43 million caregivers in the United States - most unpaid family members or friends and two-thirds of them women - determining who is in charge, how to get answers, what questions to ask, and how to speak up in an effective way have been determined to be areas of greatest difficulty.

Thanks to funding from A Fund For Women, SAIL, in collaboration with Confident Conversations and colleagues from Oakwood Village, State Medical Society, Dane County Caregiver Alliance, and community social workers is offering Confident Caregiving Workshops designed for women caregivers to help them navigate the healthcare system more effectively and plan for the future - financially and legally.

In addition to "Talking Turkey with the Doctor," workshop topics include "Straight Dope on Medications," and "Legal Lessons and Money Matters."

On this program, Ann Albert and Sue Gaard, RN discuss the keys to building successful relationships with the medical team, outline strategies for better communication, and give tips to coordinating the care of an individual. All of this - and how to take care of yourself in the process!

For more information on upcoming Workshops, contact SAIL at or call 608-230-4321.