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 May 2019…
Tuesday, May 7, 8:00-9:00am
“Medications for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Benefits and Side Effects”
Program: What medications are currently available to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? Are the benefits worth the side effects? Join our presenter as she discusses the medications that are currently available, what you can expect, and how you can work with your doctor to make sure that you get the most out of them.
Presenter: Daniela Moga, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Dept. of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association
Tuesday, May 7, 10:00-11:00am
“Nursing Solutions: Living with Parkinson’s Disease During Transitions in Care”
Program: Older adults with chronic conditions are at risk for increased physician, emergency room and hospital visits compared to those without chronic conditions. People with Parkinson’s disease are among this vulnerable population and at risk for devastating consequences. Transitions in care generally refers to movement across and within healthcare settings and healthcare providers (e.g. from home to the emergency room, home to hospital, hospital to home care or skilled nursing care, skilled nursing care to home, etc.). Missed, delayed or withdrawal of Parkinson’s medications are known to cause significant morbidity and mortality. This nursing web seminar will present issues specific to Parkinson’s disease patients during care transitions, present recent nursing research on this issue, and provide an opportunity for nurses to contemplate care improvements to avoid adverse outcomes during care transitions.
Presenters: Diane Ellis, M.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N., clinical professor, Villanova College of Nursing, and a critical care nurse specialist with an extensive background working with PD patients;
Melissa O’Connor, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.N., associate professor, Villanova, College of Nursing and co-investigator with Dr. Ellis;
Shelley Hickey, M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N., clinical assistant professor at Villanova Colleg of Nursing and a co-investigator with Dr. Ellis
Presented by: Parkinson’s Foundation
Tuesday, May 7, 10:00am-11:00am
“Important Resources for Family Caregivers”
Program: As family caregivers, we are often confronted with a confusing array of choices. How can you sort out the various senior living arrangements, in-home services, and care options, so you can determine what’s best for your loved one? How do you find the right support for yourself so you can handle your caregiving responsibilities along with everything else? Learn about the long-term care landscape, including resources and costs, so that you can be an informed and proactive caregiver.
Presenter: To be advised at time of presentation
Presented by: MIT Work-Life Center
Archives not available for these webinars
Tuesday, May 7, 11:00am-12:00pm
“The Messages We Send: Stigma Toward Persons Living with Dementia and How to End It”
Program: Stigma around dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease—prejudicial attitudes, negative stereotypes, discriminatory behaviors and social structures biased against persons with dementia—is common. It is also a serious problem. Stigma can harm persons living with dementia and their families, for example, by causing them to avoid seeking help managing the disease’s demands, or by impeding efforts to improve their lives, such as scientific efforts to discover disease-modifying therapies. In this web seminar, discover the types of stigma that can affect persons living with dementia. Learn about the role language plays in stigma around Alzheimer’s disease, including how it perpetuates stigma and how it helps heal the injuries created by it. Acquire everyday strategies for countering stigma through person-centered approaches. Hear from a person with early stage dementia about her experiences related to these issues.
Presenters: Shana Stites, Psy.D., M.A, M.S., clinical psychologist and researched University of Pennsylvania;
Rev. Cynthia Huling Hummel, D.Min., a person living with early stage dementia
Thursday, May 9, 10:00-11:00am
“How to Navigate Work While You’re Immersed in Caregiving”
Program: During this presentation our presenter will cover how to speak to your boss about your caregiving situation. She will share techniques on how to start the conversation and important details to share. She will also shed light on how to speak with colleagues and clients regarding caregiver needs. She will review what FMLA (Family & Medical Leave Act) is. In addition, how to negotiate time off. The presentation will also help with tips for time management techniques so when you are working, you can concentrate and be productive.
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Tuesday, May 14, 11:30am-12:30pm
“Understanding Hoarding Behaviors”
Program: Hoarding behavior can diminish the quality of life and jeopardize a senior’s health and safety. Learn about hoarding behaviors, how to identify risk factors and symptoms of hoarding, interventions, and treatments that can help individuals, family members, and communities, as well as recent research and innovations using technology.
Presenter: Christa Tipton, MSW, Senior Social Worker, Adult Protective Services
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Orange County
Tuesday, May 21, 8:00-9:00am
“Caregiving 101: How to be More Effective and Stress Less”
Program: The needs of a person with dementia can seem to be almost limitless and every-changing. Caregivers are often overwhelmed with their responsibilities, for which there is no instruction manual. Learn techniques to become a “best friend” to your loved one and to yourself.
Presenter: Tonya Cox, MSW, LNHA, Executive Director, The HomePlace at Midway KY
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association
Tuesday, May 21, 10:00-11:00am
“Ask the Expert: Balance & Falls”
Program: Postural instability and falls are very common in people with Parkinson’s disease, and greatly impact quality of life. Unfortunately, current treatments for Parkinson’s disease are unable to alleviate postural instability; however, while research is currently being done on this topic, the mechanisms underlying balance deficits and falls in Parkinson’s disease are still not well understood. Our presenter will share an overview of our current knowledge about postural instability and falls in people with Parkinson’s. This will include risk factors of falls in people with Parkinson’s, the effect that Parkinson’s disease and its treatments (Levodopa, Deep Brain Stimulation) have on balance, how fear and anxiety influence balance control in people with Parkinson’s, and recent research on this topic.
Presenter: Eveline Pasman, Ph.D. candidate, University of British Columbia School of Kinesiology
Presented by: Parkinson Society British Columbia
Wednesday, May 22, 9:00-10:00am
“Just Add More Heart: Self-Care Techniques for the Caregiver”
Program: Caregivers are all too familiar with stress. Learn techniques to help you care for yourself and reduce stress, including a specific bio-feedback technique called “Heart Math” that can help you improve your wellness and your relationships.
Presenter: Steph Herbert, Inova Well, Inova Health Systems
Presented by: Fairfax County,VA
Tuesday, May 28, 9:00-10:00am
“Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal and Financial Planning”
Program: When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.
Presenter: Jami King, Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association