Free monthly teleconference series about age-related issues.
The second Wednesday of every month from 12:00pm-1:00pm.
See the full list of topics below.
January 11th, 2017- When to Move Your Loved One
Families are often faced with the difficult decision of when it is the right time to move a loved one to a care facility such as an assisted living , nursing home, or memory care. Learn the telltale signs it is time, plus tips on how to talk with your loved ones about the transition.
February 8, 2017- Addressing Resistance to Change
Transition can be difficult for all of us. For older adults, change can seem particularly intimidating and overwhelming. In some cases, resistance to change can go beyond a healthy unease for the unknown, and can affect our older loved ones’ safety and well-being. Learn tips to carefully address resistance and to clearly communicate the importance of change.
March 8, 2017- Selecting a Senior Living Facility
Whether your search for senior housing is prompted by a serious medical condition or the desire for a lifestyle change, finding the right place to live can be challenging and stressful for both you and your loved ones. However, the earlier you assess your current needs and how those needs may evolve over time, the more choices and control you’ll have. By learning about the different types of senior housing available, you can make the choice that’s right for you.
April 12, 2017- Understanding Medicaid Long Term Care
If you need help with your daily activities because of a disability or a chronic illness, you may need long term services and supports offered through Long Term Care Medicaid. To qualify for Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports, you must have financial need and physical need. Learn how to qualify for Long Term Care Medicaid and what programs you might benefit from accessing.
May 10, 2017- Benefits for Veterans
According to the 2014 U.S. Census brief, Veterans age 65 or older numbered in excess of 9.4 million. Elderly Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans including Aid and Attendance, geriatric healthcare and long term care, and burial. Learn how to access benefits for which you may be eligible.
June 14, 2017- Aging in Place: Pre-planning is Crucial
Many individuals prefer to remain in their home for as long as possible, as opposed to relocating to a nursing home or other medical facility. Are you comfortable and safe in your home as you age, or do you need to make some modifications? Do you have access to the transportation you need? What about the healthcare you need? We will look at the planning needed to address these issues.
July 12, 2017- Aging in Place: What am I forgetting?
Consider issues most fail to think about in the Aging in Place process including community and social interaction, and access to education and entertainment. We will also focus on the financial implications of Aging in Place. We will conclude with a discussion of how to prioritize the needs list you identify.
August 9, 2017- Planning for Life’s “What-ifs?”: Understanding Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process that supports adults in understanding and sharing their personal values and preferences regarding future medical care. In part one of the two-part series on Advance Care Planning, we will discuss the first, and most often overlooked steps, in creating an Advance Care Plan.
September 13, 2017- Planning for Life’s ‘What-ifs?”: Understanding Advance Directives
Advance Directives, the written documents expressing your wishes for future health care, are vital to ensure your preferences are carried out in a medical crisis. In part two, we will review the most commonly used Advance Directive forms and what to do with the documents once you complete them.
October 11, 2017- Should I be concerned? What to watch for
We all have experienced the moment when we realize our aging loved one has changed. Maybe they seem more frail or appear to be having a harder time getting around. How do you know whether they are managing well or may benefit from additional assistance? Learn what signs to watch for that may indicate your loved one needs more assistance and what you can do to address these concerns.
November 8, 2017- Understanding Caregiver Fatigue
Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the added workload. So is it any wonder that caregivers are some of the people most prone to burnout? Learn about the signs and symptoms of caregiver fatigue and how to regain balance in your life.
December 13, 2017- Hiring a Caregiver
When your loved ones start struggling with everyday tasks, hiring a caregiver can help them remain in their home — and take some pressure off the rest of the family. Learn about the types of in home care providers, ways to fund care, and the top questions to ask when hiring.