Benevilla Caregiver Connect

Community caregivers get the support they need at a Benevilla Caregiver Connect Event.

Benevilla has announced it will be hosting its Second Annual “Caregiver Connect” in the West Valley. This event is aimed at providing caregivers with support and education that will assist and support them on their caregiving journey. Expert presenters include Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, MD, FAAN from Barrow Neurological Institute, Marty Finley, M.Ed., Memory Care Navigator, Lori Nisson, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Lora Johnson, Elder Law Attorney and Shannon Haines, BSHS, Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Program Director.

The Benevilla Caregiver Connect event will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Free breakfast will be provided by Birt’s Bistro and caregivers will have the opportunity to collect free resources from many community vendors. A Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Resource Specialist will also be on-site for anyone needing one-on-one support.

Benevilla has been helping caregivers since they opened their doors in 1981 with their very first service, crisis counseling.

“Benevilla’s founders were aware from the beginning that caregivers were bearing a heavy burden in trying to care for their loved ones who might be ill or incapacitated, while still trying to keep themselves healthy,” said Benevilla President and CEO Joanne Thomson. “Today, it is a well-documented fact that anywhere between 30 to 60 percent of caregivers pass away from illnesses related to caregiver stress, before the person they are caring for. That’s why getting caregivers support and information is crucial for our aging communities and their families.”

The event is free and reservations are required. Call 623-584-4999 to reserve your space today.

If you are interested in hosting a vendor table at this event and the opportunity to reach caregivers in the community, call Benevilla Director of Marketing Taylor Bergholz at 623-584-4999.

This event series is sponsored by Arrowhead Lexus, AARP Phoenix, APS, First Bank, Market Mailing, Banner Health and Esteemed Life Solutions.

Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children, and families. Services are provided through a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. For more information on services, volunteer opportunities, to donate to Benevilla, or to schedule a tour, call 623-584-4999, or visit