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.
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.
Marie Dagger is a community-based occupational therapist with the Aging Transitions team at the Orange County Department on Aging. She completed USC’s Certificate in Home Modification Program, and works with the older adults of Orange County to ensure safe and meaningful living in both home and community spaces.
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.
Cornelia Poer, MSW, LCSW is the clinical social worker for the Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic.
She is involved with teaching about geriatric assessment and community resources. Cornelia also works with other staff on design and implementation of patient and caregiver education programs.
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
October’s Caregiver Connections webinar focused on the challenges of long-term care during the pandemic.
Lauren Zingraff, MSW is the Executive Director at Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality of life for individuals who receive long-term care in North Carolina.
Kim Johnson, MS is the Senior Long-Term Care Ombudsman at Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging where she works to ensure that long-term care facility residents and their families have a voice.
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. Topics to be covered during this presentation include:
• General Medicaid Overview • Personal Care Services • Long Term Care • Special Assistance • Community Alternative Program/Disabled Adults • Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly • Special Assistance In Home
Tracy supports Wake County families by working to apply them to available county and federal Medicaid programs that can offer supplemental assistance to those with limited income and/or resources.
Driving and Dementia
Presenter: Melissa Werz, OTD, OTDR/L
August’s Caregiver Connections discusses issues that are important to dementia family caregivers around dementia and driving. Topics to be covered during this presentation include:
• Clinical driving evaluations • Transportation options • How dementia impacts driving safety • Having the conversation • Warning signs of unsafe driving
Melissa Werz has been an occupational therapist at Duke Health since 2013. She specializes in working with adults with neurological conditions and performing driving evaluations at both Duke Neurology at Morreene Road and Lennox Baker.
She choose an occupational therapy profession because it allows her to use her knowledge, creativity and a holistic approach to figure out which activities are most important to her patients. Her work allows her to assist patients in regaining skills and in providing the support necessary for safety and function.
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