Caregiver 2.0: From Burnout to Powerhouse
Meriam Boldewijn is a devoted wife, inspiring author, caregiver advocate, motivational speaker, and business entrepreneur. She is the founder and proud owner of Caregiver 2.0, a 6-week online program that offers support, coaching, and life skills to caregivers all over the world.
About the book: Caregiver, I invite you to listen to your body, and make yourself a top priority before taking care of anybody else. Revitalize your energy when your body is whispering. Doing so will extend your own quality of life, so you can breathe better, live more and finally help others from a place of your overflow. You are worthy of a wonderful life too!
Lucinda Koza is the founder and CEO of I-Ally, a community-driven app that saves millennial family caregivers time, reduces stress, and enables informed decision-making by providing services that fulfill their unique needs. With a background both as an actor who premiered a film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, as well as a digital strategist who managed online content for DiversityInc, she was spurred to action when she found herself becoming her father's sole caregiver in 2018.
Lacking support from every direction, she could feel herself falling through the cracks of the system. She decided to dedicate her life's mission to advocate for the invisible family caregiver labor force, using her talent in storytelling and digital strategy to craft a technological solution for millennial family caregivers to create community and utilize shared resources.
Since founding I-Ally, Mrs. Koza has been named a Hero of the COVID Crisis by Authority Magazine and Thrive Global; a Visionary Voice by All Raise Org won honorable mention in the Lyfebulb-Orexo Innovation Challenge, had an interview published in Founded by Women: The Book, and was selected to exhibit at TC Sessions: Justice 2021 as part of the TechCrunch Include Founder Cohort 2020 - 2021.
Mrs. Koza is still a devoted family caregiver to her father, as well as a member of the TIME'S UP Care Economy Business Council.
Sushanthy Tharmavarathan is the founder of a non-profit organization called Dementia Rec-create and works as a Recreation Programmer for seniors at a long-term care facility in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a degree in Biology with a certification in Therapeutic Recreation with a focus in Gerontology. Sushanthy’s passion for working with seniors began from caring for her grandmother early at a young age.
Sushanthy fell in love with Recreation Therapy and how it helps seniors, people living with chronic illnesses, incurable conditions, and especially dementia care. She has become an advocate for mental health awareness and responsive behaviors. Through Recreation Therapy, we can help others manage their loved one's behaviors through person-centered interventions and environment.
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