Benevilla slates 3 presentations

Live, virtual ‘Caregiver Connect’ event is Oct. 12

Posted 9/8/20

Benevilla hosts its second “Caregiver Connect” event of 2020, which will take place as a live, virtual experience 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 12.

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Benevilla slates 3 presentations

Live, virtual ‘Caregiver Connect’ event is Oct. 12


Benevilla hosts its second “Caregiver Connect” event of 2020, which will take place as a live, virtual experience 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 12.

This free educational event provides family caregivers with support, expert guidance and information to assist them on their caregiving journey.

Join the event on “Facebook Live” live stream at or tune into Cox Channel 11 or Century-Link Channel 8509.

There will be three presentations during this event from local experts on dementia care and caregiving education. Dr. Danielle Goldfarb, from Banner Sun Health Research Institute, will present “Life Rhythms: Routines for Healthy Brain Aging.” Dr. Goldfarb (Cabral), a Massachusetts native, is a neurologist who completed her Neurodegenerative Disease Research Fellowship with the Memory & Aging Program at Butler Hospital in 2018. She attended Alpert Medical School of Brown University and received her doctorate degree in medicine in spring, 2011 from the University of Arizona College of Medicine Medical School. She is board certified in both psychiatry and neurology with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

“Navigating Caregiving Through Challenging Times” will be the topic of the presentation from Dana Marie Kennedy, AARP Arizona state director. Ms. Kennedy became AARP state director in 2015 after serving more than 20 years as a leading advocate for working families, retirees and women at the local, state and national levels. Ms. Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work as well as a certificate in gerontology from California State University Long Beach. She has a master’s in social work from Boston University where she also acquired certificates in human service management and gerontology. Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of the Women's Campaign School at Yale (class of 2007) and Valley Leadership (class 34). She served on the Mayors Commission for Disability (2011-2014) and the Alzheimer’s Task Force. She has acted as a liaison for the Governor’s Commission on Aging and the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. Most recently, she served as a district senior advisor and casework director for U.S. Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. Ms. Kennedy has also worked with the National Council of Senior Citizens and the Massachusetts Senior Action Council.

Connie Danks, M.A., from Benevilla, will be live at 10:50 a.m. to answer general questions about caregiving. Send a question to by Monday, Oct. 5 and it will be answered live during the event.

More than 40 local senior services providers will also supply caregiver information to the attendees. They will have videos and links offering expert advice and direction on a myriad of topics including senior living options, home care choices, insurance alternatives, elder law and help with government programs. There will be Benevilla programs information highlighting our Support Groups, Home Services, and our C.A.R.E.S. Resource Department. Many of these presentations and loads of caregiver resources are available already on the Caregiver Connect Facebook page at

“Benevilla is excited to have such incredible experts like Danielle and Dana presenting at our first ever virtual caregiver event,” said Joanne Thomson, president and CEO of Benevilla. “This type of caregiver support and information is crucial for our aging communities and their families.”

Those unable to tune into this event live can sign up at or call 623-584-4999 to receive a link to the full presentation to watch later.