Caregiver Connections: An Educational Webinar Series
We are proud to offer a new virtual program to address some of the challenges dementia family caregivers may face any day, but which may be amplified by staying at home during the pandemic. We are partnering with experts in the fields of caregiving and dementia from clinical social workers, to occupational therapists, renown published authors and more!
Can’t attend the live event? Don’t worry, all Caregiver Connections webinars are recorded and links to presentations will be available on our website, along with any mentioned handouts and information on upcoming events.
Guardianship in Dementia: Perspective from a Professional Guardianship Provider
Thursday, May 27 from 1-2PM EST
May’s Caregiver Connections will focus on the important topic of guardianship. While not the preferred option for families, it’s important to know what it is, how to prepare and what your options are. Join the webinar to learn more and ask your own questions. Objectives to be covered include:
- Defining guardianship
- Reviewing types of guardianship in NC
- Discussing alternatives to guardianship
- Explaining the process of appointing a guardian
- Addressing common misconceptions about guardianship
Speaker: Meike Wiest, MSW, CMC at Arosa
Meike Wiest, MSW, CMC, is originally from Germany, where she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Lueneburg. She relocated to the US in 2005. After 7 years as a care manager for Medicaid clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, she began her work in adult guardianship in 2012.
Meike has been certified by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and is an Advanced Member of the Aging Life Care Association. She is married and the mother of one daughter.
Click on this link the day of the event or call-in by dialing 1-646-876-9923; Meeting ID: 965 7747 1018; Password: 3513
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Hospice 101 with Duke HomeCare & Hospice
Speakers: Christie Smith and Katerina Leyzerovich, Social Workers with Duke HomeCare & Hospice
April’s Caregiver Connections will focus on the important topic of hospice, what it is, how to start services, how it can be helpful, eligibility and more.
Paying for Long-Term Care
Speaker: Jonathan Williams, Elder Law Attorney, Clarity Legal Group
March’s Caregiver Connections discussed issues that are important for dementia family caregivers worrying
about paying for long-term care.
Changes to Intimacy & Sexuality with Dementia
Speaker: Alyssa Szymanski Botte, MDiv, MA, LCMHC, NCC
The shifts in intimacy and sexuality that frequently accompany dementia are not often discussed with friends, family members, support group peers, or even health care providers. Our February speaker will address the changes related to sexuality that couples may face when a partner is living with dementia.
Home Safety & Dementia
Speaker: Marie Dagger, Occupational Therapist
January’s Caregiver Connections reviewed home safety issues important to dementia family caregivers.
Galberth Health– is a therapist-owned healthcare company that serves the geriatric population with an emphasis on those with cognitive impairments.
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists– home modifications for aging-in-place.
Communication & Dementia
Speaker: Cornelia Poer, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker at the Duke Geriatric & Evaluation Treatment Clinic
December’s Caregiver Connections reviews communication issues important to dementia family caregivers.
Caregiving During the Holidays
Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Greenberg, Ed. D
Already feeling overwhelmed with caregiving tasks, caregivers may view the holidays as more of a drain of energy than a joy.
Residential Long-Term Care During COVID-19
Speakers: Lauren Zingraff, MSW, Executive Director at Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care; Kim Johnson, MS, Senior Long-Term Care Ombudsman at Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging
October’s Caregiver Connections webinar focused on the challenges of long-term care during the pandemic.
Medicaid: Assistance with Long Term Services and Supports
Speaker: Tracy Gregory, Wake County Long-Term Care Medicaid Supervisor
September’s Caregiver Connections webinar will focus on covering the complex and ever-evolving system that is Medicaid.
Driving and Dementia
Speaker: Melissa Werz, OTD, OTDR/L
August’s Caregiver Connections discusses issues that are important to dementia family caregivers around dementia and driving.
Legal Issues for Family Caregivers During a Pandemic
July’s Caregiver Connections discusses issues that are important for dementia family caregivers at any time. During the pandemic legal documents become more essential as caregivers are asking themselves, “What will happen to my loved one if I get sick?” This webinar will include an overview of health care planning, planning for incapacity, wills and trusts and powers of attorney.
Making the Difficult Decisions in Dementia Care Presented by Beth Spencer, MA, LMSW
This presentation will address the myriad of challenging decisions that occur across the trajectory of the disease. Topics to be covered will include driving, managing money, paying bills, handling medications, safety alone and moving.
Beth Spencer, a geriatric social worker with masters’ degrees in social work, educational gerontology and English, has worked in the field of aging for 50 years, specializing in caregiving and dementia care.
She is co-author with Laurie White of several books, including two family caregiver guides: Coping with Behavior Change in Dementia and Moving a Relative and Other Transitions in Dementia Care.
Their website is dementiacarebooks.com. Beth has worked as director of a dementia day program, as social worker in a cognitive disorders diagnostic clinic, in private practice, as a counselor and as a consultant to residential care programs. She has taught at three Michigan universities but is now mostly retired.
Part 1, Monday, June 15th, 1PM
At the Crossroads Hartford Foundation
Part 2, Monday, June 22nd, 1PM
“What are we doing today…and how can we do it well?“
The speakers will discuss common challenges in everyday living, particularly in the context of COVID-19, and explore strategies to help those routines and activities unfold a bit easier. Content will be geared towards those living with moderate stage dementia.
Speakers are from the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UNC-Chapel Hill: Jennifer L. Womack, PhD OTR/L FAOTA & Ryan Lavalley, PhD, OTR/L, Post Doc
Managing Caregiver Stress Presented by Bryan Godfrey, MA, MSW, LCSW
Caring for a family member living with dementia may be difficult in the best of times. The added anxiety and responsibilities of Covid-19 likely feel exhausting and overwhelming. View the webinar to help regain some calm and learn about:
- What is caregiver stress? How does stress affect the body?
- What is self-care? What gets in the way? How can it work for me?
- Practice a mindfulness exercise with Bryan.
Have questions? Feel free to contact us at 919-660-7510