Many caregivers cannot leave home due to caregiving responsibilities. You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home. Join either live or view the archived version within a few day of the live webinar (in most cases). All webinars listed are free. All times shown are Pacific Daylight Time. Here are webinars that may be of interest to caregivers in April 2019…
Wednesday, April 3, 10:00-11:00am
“Older Adults and Opioids”
Program: All ages, including older adults, are feeling the impact of the opioid epidemic. According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, across the past 20 years, the hospitalization rate for geriatric misuse of opioids has quintupled. While it is common for older adults to experience chronic pain, special consideration should be given when prescribing opioids to older patients. Pharmacist Kyle Decker of Simple Meds® will join this web seminar as a guest speaker to share more about the impact of opioid use on older adults. Register for this month’s web seminar to learn more about the opioid epidemic and to learn about ways older adults can more effectively manage their medication.
Presenter: Lakelyn Hogan, Gerontologist. Caregiver Advocate, Home Instead Senior Care
Kyle Decker, PharmD, VP, Simple Meds
Presented by: Home Instead Senior Care and American Society on Aging
Tuesday, April 9, 11:30am-12:30pm
“Understanding the POLST form”
Program: In time for National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, 2019, this course is designed to provide a better understanding of the Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and how it serves to communicate a person’s wishes regarding their medical treatment preferences at end of life. Learn about the appropriate use of the POLST form, how to plan a thoughtful, facilitated conversation about POLST with patients and families, and who can help complete the POLST form.
Presenter: Patty Mouton, VP, Outreach and Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Orange County
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Orange County
Wednesday, April 10, 9:00-10:00am
“Legal Tools for Caregivers”
Program: As a family caregiver you may need to make legal and health care decisions for a loved one. Learn about legal tools that can help you ensure your loved one’s wishes are carried out. Topics include durable power of attorney, trusts, guardianship, and advance medical directives.
Presenter: Valerie Geiger, Esq., Cucinelli Geiger PC
Presented by: Fairfax County Virginia Family Caregiver Support Program
Thursday, April 11, 10:00-11:00am
“Sexuality in Long Term Care”
Program: This presentation is meant to define sexuality and its manifestations as seen in long-term care. It is intended to help participants understand the positive effects of intimacy and sexuality for residents. We’ve seen positive attitude changes with better understanding that have led to better outcomes from sexuality-related incidents in nursing homes. The most difficult, but perhaps the most fascinating, part of the presentation is to discuss how dementia may effect consent in nursing homes.
Presenter: Gayle Doll, Director, Center on Aging
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Wednesday, April 24, 11:00am-12:00pm
“What You Need to Know about Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse”
Program: Ten percent of Americans over the age of 60 have experienced elder abuse, according to the National Council on Aging. There are many types of elder abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and financial abuse. This webinar will provide a brief overview of commons trends related to elder and dependent adult abuse, common signs and symptoms to look out for in your loved ones, and ways to report abuse.
Presenter: Nicole Fernandez. Teaching and Outreach Specialist, Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team (EDAPT) of San Mateo County, CA
Presented by: Family Caregiver Alliance
Tuesday, April 30, 10:00-11:00am
“Debunking Alzheimer’s Aging in Place Myths”
Program: Join Meaghan Walls, founder and president of Assistology, LLC, to learn how assistive technology can enable those with Alzheimer’s disease to increase their participation in activities they enjoy and daily living. Meghan will debunk common aging in place myths and share how assistive technology is much more than a walker or wheelchair. With the help of assistive technology, senior loved ones and those with dementia can age where they’re most comfortable, access their environments more readily and improve quality of life. We will take live questions during the chat, or feel free to send them in ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Meaghan Walls, MS, Bioengineering. Founder and President of Assistology, LLC
Presented by: Help for Alzheimer’s Families