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Meet Dr. Aaron Blight

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Written by: Meaning & Hope Institute

Dr. Aaron Blight is a proud volunteer member of the Meaning & Hope Institute National Advisory Council

Aaron Blight, Ed.D., is an international speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare. He is the Founder of Caregiving Kinetics and has been recognized as a “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare. Dr. Blight works with providers that serve aging and disabled populations to deliver workforce consulting, training for front-line caregivers, focus group research, and leadership advisory services. He also serves general employers that wish to support their employees with caregiving responsibilities at home.

His career leading healthcare organizations spans more than two decades and includes the successful creation, development, and sale of a large home care company; a series of policy leadership positions at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and the study of caregiving as a phenomenon of social science. Dr. Blight speaks with groups all over the world about caregiving. In workshops and conference talks, he invites participants to think deeply about the meaning and significance of their individual caregiving experiences. His book, When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative, received a Best Indie Book Award, an IPPY Award, and a Mom’s Choice Award.

Dr. Blight holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and a doctorate degree from The George Washington University. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Shenandoah University, an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association, and an advisory board member of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

Aaron and his wife, Jessica, live outside of Washington, D.C., in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They have four children and six grandchildren.

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2023 Family Caregiver Symposium

For the 2023 Family Caregiver Symposium, Duet invited two remarkable international speakers to help you discover practical strategies and tools to navigate your caregiving journey. Dr. Aaron Blight, a world-class speaker, consultant, and author specializes in caregiving, aging, and healthcare. His presence was an absolute hit at last year’s symposium, and due to popular demand, we are thrilled to have him back. Dr. Blight explained how caregivers can improve their capacity by adapting to their loved one’s ever-changing circumstances. We are also excited to welcome Dr. Robert J. Wicks, Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and author of over 60 books. He discussed resilience, self-care, and the integration of psychology and classic spiritual approaches to maintain a healthy perspective. Jayme West, KTAR 92.3 FM, Arizona’s Morning News, moderated the symposium.

2022 Family Caregiver Symposium

On October 13, 2022, Duet hosted an inspiring virtual symposium designed to help family caregivers gain practical strategies to help with their caregiving journeys. International speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare, Dr. Aaron Blight, offered caregivers a framework for processing their experience and building resilience. Award winning educator, author, writer, and television personality, Dr. Macie P. Smith, discussed the resistance many caregivers face from their loved ones and provided tips and tools to address it. Watch the recording above

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