December 2020 Webinars about Caregiving

December 2020 Webinars about Caregiving

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of caregiving-related webinars and virtual events (conferences, symposia, and teleconferences). Here’s our December 2020 list of caregiving webinars and virtual events.  Not all of them are about coping with holidays during a pandemic, but a few are.  Most of the webinars listed are for a general audience and are free.  Be sure to register in advance! 

I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.  Following the November blue moon, the upcoming celestial event is Jupiter and Saturn moving closer together until a near convergence on Dec. 21st.  Look for them about an hour after sunset near the western horizon.  With a good telescope you may be able to see moons and rings.  Good luck!

The list below is webinars and virtual events (such as a conference, symposium or teleconference) we know about in December 2020 that are focused on Caregiving.  Note: the first webinars are on December 2nd!

We encourage you to register for any of these events you are interested in.  That way, if you aren’t able to attend the live event, you will be alerted when the recording is available.

About the list below, unless indicated, all webinars and virtual events are:

  • Times listed as PT.  (We are based in California, after all.)
  • One-hour in duration.  (Commonly the speaker talks for 30-40 minutes and there’s a question-and-answer session for the remaining time.)
  • If there is no speaker indicated, the speaker is unknown at the time of this email.
  • For a general audience.
  • Not focused on a single medication.  (Those are excluded.)
  • Free.

Denise

Parkinson’s Community Outreach Program


Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 10am

Alzheimer’s Caregiving During the Holidays

Description:

Nearly 60 percent of caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high. The stresses of the holiday season can add to that strain during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” The bright side is, with some preparation and consideration, there are ways that family caregivers and their loved one with Alzheimer’s, or other dementia, can still engage in the holiday festivities. Register for this web seminar to learn about how professionals can recommend a person-centered care approach to help family caregivers manage symptoms and positively engage their loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease during the holiday season.

Speaker: 

– Laklyn Hogan, MBA, gerontologist, Home Instead Senior Care

Hosts:  

– American Society on Aging

– Home Instead Senior Care

Register with American Society on Aging (ASA) from this webpage.

In about a week, the webinar recording will be posted to the ASA website.


Wednesday, December 2, 10am

Psychologist, Social Workers, and Counselors: How Can They Help?

Description:

Learn about the role a mental health practitioner plays in helping manage Parkinson’s, as well how psychology / counseling can benefit a family living with PD.

Speaker: 

– Annie Wallis, MSW, Associate Director of Education, Parkinson’s Foundation

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register with PF

Within a few days, webinar recording will be posted to the PF website.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11am

Importance of Sleep for Caregivers

Description:  

Join Julia Worrall, aka The Sleep RN, in a discussion on the importance of sleep, how does insufficient, fragmented sleep affect your physical and mental health and ways to improve your loved ones’ sleep so that you can have a better night’s sleep .

Speaker:

– Julie Worrall, RN, CCRN

Host:  March of Dimes Canada

Register on Eventbrite here.

We have found no evidence that webinars are recorded.  Registrants may receive information about accessing previously recorded webinars.


Thursday, December 3, 2020, 11am

Social Isolation among Older Persons: Hidden in Plain View

Description:

Current research recognizes that social isolation is detrimental to health and well-being across the lifespan. Researchers suggest that up to 50 percent of older adults will experience social isolation or loneliness. It is important to increase awareness of social isolation to intervene and increase older persons’ quality of life across different cultures. In this timely and practical webinar geared toward multidisciplinary care teams, Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe will examine the clinical features of social isolation, with a particular focus on identifying and intervening in social isolation as experienced by older adults.

Speaker:

– Sandra Edmonds Crewe, MSW, PhD, ACSW 

Hosts:  

– American Society on Aging (ASA)

– Right at Home 

Register with ASA from this webpage.

In about a week, the webinar recording will be posted to the ASA website.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 11am

Embracing Change during the Holidays

Description:  

Because of Covid-19, this Holiday season will be nothing like any other. It is forcing us to change our traditions whether we like it or not. Through practical tips and personal stories, speaker Mary Bart will share creative ways to embrace change and create new traditions while gaining personal growth.

Speaker:

– Mary Bart, founder and chair of the Canadian charity Caregiving Matters

Host:  March of Dimes Canada

Register on Eventbrite here.

We have found no evidence that webinars are recorded.  Registrants may receive information about accessing previously recorded webinars.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020, noon

Wellness: Approaches Beyond Medication

Fourth in the WPC 2020 Care Partner Virtual Panel Webinar Series

Description:

Topics of this webinar include creative ways to support wellness in a person with Parkinson’s, how the topic of wellness impacts the care partner, and what role the care partner plays in the wellness of the person with PD whom they care for.

Moderator:

– Julie Carter, RN, MN, ANP, Professor Emerita, Oregon Health Science University (OHSU)

Panelists:

– Silke Cresswell, MD, FRCPC

– Leslie and Steve Peters

Host:  World Parkinson’s Coalition (WPC)

Register with WPC here.

The recording will be posted to WPC Care Partner Virtual Panels page.


Thursday, December 10, 2020, noon-1:30pm

Ambiguous Loss: Living with Uncertainty

Description:

Caring for someone with dementia creates ongoing awareness of loss as the person with dementia is physically present but psychologically different from who they once were. This can be confusing and overwhelming for family members. This online class provides strategies to infuse hope and meaning into one’s life while providing care. BAI Social Worker, Susy Favaro, LCSW will be facilitating this single-session class.

Host:  Banner Health Alzheimer’s Institute

Register with banner Health.

The conference may be recorded and posted to Banner Health’s YouTube channel.


Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10am

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 10am

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 4:30pm

Behaviors and Communication: Expressing What Words Cannot

Description:

People living with dementia commonly experience changes in their ability to communicate effectively, therefore behaviors become a way to express needs. By learning effective ways to improve your communication skills, difficult behaviors can be minimized improving your person’s comfort while reducing your level of stress. This is an interactive program with use of vignettes to apply information learned.

Host:  Banner Health Alzheimer’s Institute

Register with banner Health.

The conference may be recorded and posted to Banner Health’s YouTube channel.


Sunday, December 13, 2020, 10am

Music Mends Minds

Description:

Celebrate the holidays with us at a musical Sunday with Music Mends Minds. Carol Rosenstein, Founder & Executive Director–will talk about how she explored the amazing prospect of music as medicine for the mind and created musical support groups for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and PTSD. Be prepared to make a lot of music with Carol, with singing and musical instruments. You will receive information about what you need after you register for this Holiday event.

Speaker: 

– Carol Rosenstein, founder Music Mends Minds

Host:  Twitchy Woman

Register with Twitchy Woman.

The webinar recording will be posted to the Twitchy Woman website.


Wednesday, December 16, 10am

Supportive & Palliative Care – The Best Kept Secret in Medicine

Description:

Join us for this enlightening session about what may be the best kept secret in medicine.  If you only equate supportive/palliative care with hospice care, you are not alone.  Supportive/ palliative care is focused on helping people live as well as possible, for as long as possible and is highly relevant for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.  Speaker Dr. Benzi Kluger, URMC, is a leading expert in the supportive/ palliative care field and is passionate about sharing the many benefits of this care.  

Speaker: 

– Benzi Kluger, MD

Host:  Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Register with PF.

Within a few days, webinar recording will be posted to the PF website.


Thursday, December 17, 2020, 9am

Calling All Care Partners: Managing Disease and Burnout in 2020

Description:

In this webinar our panelists will discuss caregiving in Parkinson’s. Hear care partners with different perspectives — a spouse and adult child — offer practical tips for managing care and burnout in an unprecedented year. Panelists will also share resources that could help, and we’ll take questions from the audience throughout the hour.

Speakers:

– panel discussion

Host:  Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

Register with MJFF.

Within days, the recording will be posted to MJFF webinar archives.


Thursday, December 17, 2020, 11am

Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Caregivers

Description:

This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of LGBT caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet caregiver’s needs. This webinar is part of the cultural competency training curriculum created by the staff of the Diverse Elders Coalition and its six member organizations, with the support of a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Much of the research and many statistics cited in the training were the result of a 15-month planning grant, during which the coalition completed a literature review, a survey of diverse family caregivers and a series of focus groups with family caregivers in diverse communities. The research was conducted nationwide, in eight languages, and was led by the older adults and caregivers represented by the coalition.

Speakers:

– Sadiya Abjani, director of Learning and Equity at SAGE (sageusa.org)

– Lauren Pongan, Diverse Elders Coalition national director

Hosts:  

– American Society on Aging

– Diverse Elders Coalition

Register with American Society on Aging (ASA) from this webpage.

In about a week, the webinar recording will be posted to the ASA website.