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.
Innovative Tools and Strategies to Reduce Stress Experienced by People Living with Dementia
Tuesday, December 14 at 1PM EST
Speaker: Melissa Harris, PhD, RN, Duke School of Nursing
People living with dementia often experience and respond to stress differently than people without dementia. Unmanaged stress can result in challenging symptoms like agitation, anxiety, and poor sleep for the person diagnosed, which can also impact the well-being of the caregiver and their ability to provide care. This presentation will detail several tools and strategies that can be used in the home to help manage stress experienced by a loved one with dementia, including:
- Light therapy
- Weighted blankets
- Animatronic pets
Melissa Harris is a registered nurse and research fellow at Duke University. Her research focuses on stress experienced by people living with dementia and their families, more specifically she is interested in developing and testing innovative tools to help reduce stress and promote well-being for families living with dementia.
Click on this link, the day of the event to access Zoom meeting or dial in by calling 1-646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 965 7747 1018, Password: 3513
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Stories from the Trenches: Practical Advice for Families Caring for Aging Loved Ones
Speaker: Liisa Ogburn, Owner of Aging Advisors of NC
A well respected elder consultant with years of experience in the field shares her knowledge around successful caregiving strategies. Hear about options for care, local resources and navigating challenging caregiving decisions.
Medicaid’s Five-Year Look-Back Rule
Speaker: Jonathan Williams from Clarity Legal
Are you planning on applying a loved one for nursing home Medicaid? Then you won’t want to miss this month’s Caregiver Connections as local attorney, Jonathan Williams, explains the elusive Five-Year Look-Back period, what it is, when it starts, how to avoid penalties and how to plan for it.
How is Dementia Diagnosed?
Speaker: Dr. Andrea Bozoki, MD at UNC Hospital
As families begin to notice changes in memory and thinking in a loved one, they may wonder about dementia and how they can have their family member assessed. This important presentation explores the steps by which a diagnosis is made.
Leaving Home Vs. Staying Home: Understanding Costs and Considerations
Speaker: Liisa Ogburn, Owner of Aging Advisors NC
This presentation offers information on making the complex and difficult decision of making a move during the journey of dementia.
Ambiguous Loss: Unique Experiences of Loss and Grief while Caring for those with Dementia
Speaker: Margaret Albert, LCMHC, NCC, Bereavement Counselor with Duke Hospice Bereavement Services
This program explores the complicated nature of loss and grief for care partners and caregivers of those who have dementia. By developing an understanding of ambiguous loss and its influence on relationships and coping, attendees will be able to identify strategies they may use to live with the uncertainty of dementia and find meaning in their experience of loss.
Guardianship in Dementia: Perspective from a Professional Guardianship Provider
Speaker: Meike Wiest, MSW, CMC at Arosa
May’s Caregiver Connections focussed 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.
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