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 Time. Here are webinars that may be of interest to caregivers in November 2019…
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 10:00-11:00am
“Coping with Dementia for Care Partners”
Program: Dr. Quinn will review the nature and prevalence of cognitive impairment and dementia in Parkinson’s disease and provide some practical tips for assisting patients with dementia, as well as for self-care of care partners. Participants will become familiar with the prevalence and signs and symptoms of dementia in PD; participants will learn strategies for optimizing quality of life and function in patients with dementia; participants will learn strategies for maintaining their own health and quality of life while serving as a care partner.
Presented by: Parkinson’s Foundation
Tuesday, November 5, 10:00-11:00am
“Maximizing Quality of Life as You Age”
Program: Whether retirement seems far away or just around the corner, it’s important to maximize quality of life as we age. In order to do that, it’s helpful to consider how best to enhance well-being, independence, and social connection. This webinar will cover topics such as livable communities, in-home supports, technology resources, and the cost of long-term care.
Presenter: To be advised at time of webinar
Presented by: MIT Work/Life Center
Wednesday, November 6, 9:00-10:00am
Program: As a caregiver, how do you know when to help, how to help and who can help? Concerns about safety, nutrition, health and a person’s ability to manage on their own can be overwhelming. Learn helpful information and strategies to help you manage your important caregiver role.
Presenter: Kristin Martin, Geriatric Care Manager, ElderLink, Options for Caregiving
Presented by: Fairfax County Family Caregiver Support Program
Wednesday, November 6, 10:00-11:00am
“Understanding Senior Care Options”
Program: Today, there are more options than ever before for aging adults who need help living in their homes, or for those who can no longer live alone safely. Gone are the days when an institution-like nursing home was the only alternative. Family structures have also changed, with a smaller pool of family caregivers living in proximity to help aging loved ones. The options for care can be overwhelming and confusing, but with a little education, families can help their loved ones find a solution that best suits them and their situation. This month’s web seminar will discuss the variety of options available to older adults in need of assistance, including resources for staying at home with help and alternative housing options.
Thursday, November 7, 9:00-10:00am
“Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia”
Program: Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Presenter: Scott McClure PhD, Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association
Wednesday, November 13, 11:30am-12:30pm
“Enhancing Everyday Activities in Dementia Care”
Program: Learn about dementia-related changes that can result in difficulties in behaviors and connecting with others. Strategies on how to successfully engage persons with dementia will be introduced, including the ‘person-centered’ approach, ‘contented involvement’, the ‘best friends approach’ and the ‘Montessori Method for Adults’ to connect with individuals with dementia at various stages of memory loss.
Presenter: Kim Bailey, MSG
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Orange County
Thursday, November 14, 10:00-11:00am
“Gratitude Through Creativity”
Program: In honor of National Gratitude Month we will have a presentation on expressive art ideas to use with people living with dementia. You will learn the importance of creating an inviting space and encouraging creative bravery, intuitiveness, exploration and human connections. We will share tips on adaptations with art materials with a focus on abilities and autonomy. In addition, we will talk about ideas of how nature and gratitude can be woven into a simple daily mindful practice for both the person living with dementia and care partner.
Presenter: Michelle Olson, art therapist, visual artist, gerontologist, and current PhD candidate
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Monday, November 18, 12:00-1:00pm
“Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & 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: Jill Hovanasian, Memory Specialist
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association
Tuesday, November 19, 10:00-11:00am
“Family Dynamics in Caregiving: How to Improve Communication & Make Decisions Together”
Program: There are nearly 16 million adult family caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Often multiple family members are involved to help with care, make decisions and fund care-related expenses. But sharing the responsibilities amongst the family isn’t always easy or equal. Siblings can squabble over unpaid bills, heirlooms, who is providing care, hiring care and the list can go on. Get tips on how to more successfully navigate the variety of family dynamics involved in caregiving and how to improve communication and decision-making abilities.
Presenter: Terry Frangiosa, Alzheimer’s advocate with Us Against Alzheimer’s
Presented by: Help for Alzheimer’s Families
Thursday, November 21, 11:00am-12:00pm
“Improving Care Transitions: Data and Strategies to Achieve Success”
Program: Interventions to improve care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions must be patient-centered and address the social determinants of health in addition to medical needs in order for patients to remain in their homes. Patient-centered care focuses on the patient’s physical comfort and emotional well-being. Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and include factors such as environment, social support and healthcare access. Interventions using a patient-centered approach can improve health and reduce expenses across the care continuum. Successful and effective care transitions require a care team, that includes doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists or physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, social workers and case managers. This web seminar will examine the data relating to and characteristics of successful care transition programs. Participants will learn actionable strategies to improve transitional care
Presenters: Katherine Watts, LMSW, ACM-SW, director of Medical Services, Lexington Medical Center, Columbia, SC, and President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Case Management Association
Kelly Tappenden, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research focuses on intestinal failure, mechanisms of intestinal adaptation and patient malnutrition
Presented by: Right at Home
Tuesday, November 26, 9:00-10:00am
“Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research”
Program: For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Presenter: Jane Williams CDP, Administrator, Assisted Living Community
Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association