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WITI Austin Regional Network
Parenting Your Parents

Monday, October 4, 2004
6:00- 8:30 p.m.

When his father suffered a massive stroke and his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Jim Comer found himself an overnight parent at the age of fifty-one. In eight years of care-giving, he learned how to deal with hospitals and nursing homes, replace hearing aid batteries and come to terms with his mother’s dementia. In the process, he found kindness and laughter in unexpected places and forged a deeper, more intimate relationship with his parents.

Jim’s presentation will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh out loud, and provide practical tips and useful information on "Parenting Your Parents."

• Do your parents have a will? (Three out of ten Americans do. Ten out of ten will die.)
• Do you have the legal authority to act in your parents’ behalf in case of an emergency?
• Do you know the differences between retirement homes, assisted-living-facilities and nursing homes?

If you answer 'No' to any of these questions, you need to attend this event.

About Our Speaker(s)

Jim Comer has worked as a writer, speech coach and creative consultant for Fortune 500 companies such as Avon Products, Advanced Micro Devices, and Universal Studios. He has spoken on communication from Los Angeles to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

His keynotes include: You Are the Message, PowerPoint to the People, How Not to Speak Like a Geek and Parenting Your Parents.

His articles have appeared in The Reader's Digest and on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He has written jokes for Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller and monologues for Bob Hope and Pat Paulsen.

As an actor in New York, Jim played Snoopy, appeared on seven quiz shows, including "Jeopardy," and wrote a book - How to Survive A Roommate - that landed him on the “Today Show”.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00- 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2004 at:

    Applied Materials - Applied Global Univeristy Building
    1609 Centre Creek Drive
    Austin, Texas 78714

From downtown Austin: Take I-35 North. Exit Hwy 290 East. Exit 183 North (Ed Bluestein Blvd.) Turn left onto 183 North. Take a right onto Rutherford. Take a right onto Centre Creek Drive. The Applied Materials-AGU buiding is on the corner of Centre Creek and Rutherford surrounded by parking lot. All visitors must enter through the main entrance and sign in with the security guard.


6:00 - 6:30 Registration and Light Dinner
6:30 - 6:45 WITI Announcements
6:45 - 7:45 Jim Comer - Parenting Your Parents
7:45 - 8:00 Questions and Discussion
8:00 - 8:30 Networking


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Carolyn Hanley ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.