The Joys And Jolts
Of Caregiving

Real life stories, practical tips and healing humor will help you communicate with your loved ones and embrace the journey of caregiving.

 

When Roles Reverse - A Guide to Parenting Your ParentsBased on his book,
“When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents”

You will learn from Jim’s 14 years of hard-won wisdom and hear hilarious stories of his overnight transformation from self-absorbed writer to only-child caregiver. You will be shocked by his lack of preparation and vow to have a candid conversation with your own parents – or adult children – before there is a health crisis in your own lives.

Experience Jim’s emotional roller coaster of coming to terms with his mother’s Alzheimer’s and his father’s stroke. You’ll laugh, cry and learn valuable strategies that can save your family time, money and tears when you become a caregiver.

If you are already caring for a loved one, you’ll learn techniques to reduce stress, ask for help when you need it and how to choose being kind over being “right.” You will discover that a good sense of humor is a caregiver’s best friend. You’ll learn to value the time you spend being there for your parents. While tough at times, showing up when you’re needed most leads to growth, closeness and unexpected joy.

Dealing with Dad and his Scotch

“The Joys and Jolts of Caregiving” is perfect for health care professionals, long term care communities, home health care and hospice, Area Agencies on Aging, Alzheimer’s groups, churches, caregiving conferences and corporate wellness programs.

Call (512) 258-3700
for more information.

  • Jim Comer had 200 caregivers and healthcare professionals laughing, crying and learning. Our audience gave Jim a standing ovation and - more importantly - left feeling that they could meet whatever challenges came their way. I highly recommend Jim Comer as a keynote speaker for any group that deals with caregivers or those who will soon start that journey.

    Glenda Rogers Former Executive Director, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Austin, TX

Ideal Audience:
Any group whose members range in age from 35 to 75. They are current caregivers, future caregivers or those who will someday need caregiving. Jim’s talk will help them plan ahead and give them hope.

My Most Important Lesson in Caregiving

 Audiences learn to:

  • Overcome denial and talk to your parents about their future plans while they are healthy
  • Get needed documents done now – wills, powers of attorney, living will – done now
  • Come to agreements with siblings and parents on future roles and responsibilities
  • “Go into their world” when they can no longer come into yours
  • Experience the power of role-playing and improvisation in dealing with aging
  • Understand the importance of asking for help

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  • If you are looking for a high energy and engaging speaker for your conference, please consider Jim Comer. Jim closed conferences for Greater Iowa Chapter in two locations back to back. His humor, theatrics, endearing stories, and wild Texan style thrilled the attendees. Throughout his 60 minute presentation, the audience laughed and cried over and over again. Many told us that the opportunity to laugh hard and laugh often was a healing and energizing experience.

    Linda Brown Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Iowa
  • Jim has such a great style of presenting that allows him to connect with the audience! He provides laughter along with a strong positive message to caregivers that draw listeners in with their minds and hearts! I would welcome Jim back to the North Country to present any time!

    Valarie Drown Project Manager, Alzheimer's Caregiving Support Initiative, SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Jim’s informative and lively presentation brings the challenge of caregiving to the forefront. His talk helps to alleviate the feeling of being ‘overwhelmed.’ There is help!

    Joe Barry Director, Seton Cove Learning Center
  • Jim Comer knows his subject and shares with his heart. He can make you laugh and cry and learn – all within a few minutes. Even my hard-to-please teen-aged grandchildren enjoyed him!

    Doris Griffin Executive Director, Jefferson Outreach for Older People; Vice-Chair, Commission on Elder Affairs, San Antonio, Texas
  • We recently had Jim Comer as our keynote speaker for our Caring for Aging Parents confrerence. Jim was the key link in a fantastic day of interactive learning and sharing among our congregation, community and area agencies. He mesmerized the group with his humor and wisdom on this tough topic that so many are facing.

    Nelda Reid Church and Society Committee Chair, Suncreek United Methodist Church, Allen, TX
  • Anyone who has seen Jim Comer speak or read his books on caring for aging parents knows what a wealth of wisdom he brings to the challenge of providing for our Seniors. As a master communicator, Jim is uniquely qualified to guide families and organizations through difficult conversations and decisions in a way that honors everyone. I highly recommend him!

    Kim Stanley Founder, Downsize My Home
  • Being a caregiver can be difficult, but Jim tells it like it is, with so much humor. He gives us the ability to laugh and that’s what sees us through. I recommend Jim as a keynote speaker for any caregiving conference.

    Sidney Farrier Licensed Social Worker, Certified Assisted Living Manager, Dallas, TX
  • Jim has such a great style of presenting that allows him to connect with the audience! He provides laughter along with a strong positive message to caregivers that draw listeners in with their minds and hearts! I would welcome Jim back to the North Country to present any time!

    Project Manager, Alzheimer's Caregiving Support Initiative, SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Jim Comer’s speech was a perfect fit for our conference. His message engages the mind, touches the heart, and has just the right touch of humor. Jim gave us exactly what we wanted.

    Jerry Svendsen Conference Chairman, Let’s Talk: Generations Making Decisions Together, Phoenix, AZ
  • If you are looking for a high energy and engaging speaker for your conference, please consider Jim Comer. Jim closed conferences for Greater Iowa Chapter in two locations back to back. His humor, theatrics, endearing stories, and wild Texan style thrilled the attendees. Throughout his 60 minute presentation, the audience laughed and cried over and over again. Many told us that the opportunity to laugh hard and laugh often was a healing and energizing experience.

    Linda Brown Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Iowa
  • You gave us a wonderful – and meaningful – presentation. Physicians and their spouses not only enjoyed themselves, but walked away with pearls of wisdom that can change their lives.

    Vickie Blumhagen Program Chair, Travis County Medical Alliance, Austin, TX
  • Jim Comer is a good-natured guide who brings significant tips on facing the challenges of parental care and enjoying the process.

    Liz Carpenter Former Press Secretary to Lady Bird Johnson
  • Jim Comer’s presentation is absolutely TERRIFIC — informative, inspirational, and humorous. If you are a senior or a caregiver, you don’t want to miss it. Jim provides a road map that turns a life-changing event into a positive life experience.”

    Randy Medinger Director of Provider Relations, Hospice of Arizona
  • Jim Comer's inspiring presentation was absolutely the highlight of our annual conference. He speaks from his heart with enthusiasm and real passion. His stories take an audience on a journey of caring for his patients––yet along the way we discover that he is actually revealing our own journey. Jim had our audience of hundreds of healthcare professionals completely enthralled. You could have heard a pin drop except when people were laughing––Jim's humor is endearing and so hilarious.

    Chip Schneider Creative and Programs Director, Kinnser Software, Inc.
  • I would love for other Area Agencies on Aging to have the chance to experience what Jim Comer has to offer. As one of our caregivers said, ‘He’s been there and knows our journey and helped us see that others experience the pain of Alzheimer’s, but that joy can be found and that humor must play a part of each day.’ What a great testimony to his presentation.

    Lilly Adrian Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin, Midland/Odessa, TX
  • Jim came through for us from beginning to end. He has a vital message for Boomers and their families. His keynote helped to create the most successful conference our Center has ever had.

    Elizabeth Banta Executive Director, Developing Older Adult Resources, Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jim Comer had 200 caregivers and healthcare professionals laughing, crying and learning. Our audience gave Jim a standing ovation and - more importantly - left feeling that they could meet whatever challenges came their way. I highly recommend Jim Comer as a keynote speaker for any group that deals with caregivers or those who will soon start that journey.

    Glenda Rogers Former Executive Director, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Austin, TX
  • It’s rare for a speaker to move people to action. Jim moved the majority of attendees to action and they had ‘the conversation’ with their parents. That’s amazing!

    James Lampasona Learning and Organization Development Manager, National Instruments
  • Jim Comer’s talk is filled with practical insights leavened by laughter. His authenticity, professionalism, acting skills and humanity came through clearly. Now I know what people mean when they say ‘he had the audience eating out of his hands.

    Wayne Ewen Director, Adult Ministries, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Georgetown, TX
  • I just wanted you to know how much your book helped me. I felt as if you’d been there with me and was able to personalize the experience. I’m sure your talk will help so many people. You have tackled a difficult subject with humor and compassion.

    Greg Roberts Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia