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Orli Belman, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
(310) 709-4156,


The 20th Annual Caregivers Are Learning More (CALM) Conference, “Project Reveal: Celebrating the Caregiver in You,” hosted by the USC Family Caregiver Support Center.

The event will feature caregiver stories, legislative updates, meditation and self-care, comedy, dance and fitness activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. The streaming conference will also be translated into Spanish.

Presenters include:

Dr. Corliss Bennett, Director of Student Success, Humboldt University

Dr. Donna Benton, Director, USC Family Caregiver Support Center

Dr. Pinchas Cohen, Dean, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Councilmember Karina Macias, City of Huntington Park

Dani Klein Modisett, Founder/CEO, Laughter On Call

Chef Dusko Novakovic, Director of Dining Services, The Kensington Sierra Madre

Sami Reed, Founder, Elevate Community Wellness

Jesus Trejo, Actor/Comedian

Erika Wright, Fitness Instructor, U-Jam Fitness


A caregiver is someone who assists another person – usually a family member – who has physical and/or mental limitations. Caregiving allows the person with a condition to stay in the home for as long as possible so they can be cared for safely and comfortably.

Although caregiving can be very rewarding, it can also be stressful. There may be times when caregivers feel pressured by the demands of giving care, balancing family obligations, working and taking care of themselves. Occasionally, they may not know where to turn for answers, emotional support, or practical advice on how to get a break from caregiving responsibilities.

In keeping with our theme for the 20th Anniversary of the CALM Conference, “Project Reveal: Celebrating the Caregiver in You,” we will focus on how family caregivers can celebrate themselves by taking time for respite activities such as dancing, meditation, comedy, cooking, etc.


Friday, November 20th, 3:00-5:00 PM
Saturday, November 21st, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


The conference has been adapted into a virtual format so we can all stay safe and healthy while connecting with each other. This event will also be live-streamed and translated into Spanish. Learn more and register at


Since 1989, the USC Family Caregiver Support Center at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has placed a high priority on providing support across the continuum of caregiving, including diagnosis, prognosis, services that help maintain the care recipient’s independence and abilities, and helping caregivers care for themselves and manage their own well-being. Supportive services include information, assessment, individual consultations, respite, education, and training. Our vision is: “To be a model for Los Angeles, the state and the nation, by using technology, research, and education to transform caregiving and the long-term care system.”  Learn more at

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