August 2016
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UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
I think we can all agree that caring for an elderly loved one can be difficult. It can be especially challenging if your loved one is resistant to care and change. How do you help someone who doesn’t want, or resists, your help?  As caregivers we walk a fine line between making sure our loved one is safe and taken care of without unnecessarily restricting their independence. But there may come a time when they are no longer able to care for themselves or make good life choices. At that point we have to step in. It becomes our job to protect our loved ones. And that can become a struggle of wills. We will need help. Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Eldercare: Surviving the Communication Minefield
For years, I saved articles on how to determine whether an elderly person needs more help or a change of living situation. But when the time came to intervene with my own mother — widowed and living alone — I was utterly unprepared for the emotions that flared and the strain it put on our warm relationship. Read complete article here

Personality Change May Be Early Sign of Dementia
“Has the person become agitated, aggressive, irritable, or temperamental?” Or maybe another kind of personality change has happened: “Does she/he no longer care about anything?” If the answer is yes to one of these questions — or others on a new checklist — and the personality or behavior change has lasted for months, it could indicate a very early stage of dementia, according to a group of neuropsychiatrists and Alzheimer’s experts. Read complete article here


Upcoming UK Elder Care Events
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn: Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care
Presented by Tracy Byrne, Master Best Friends Trainer, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods
September 20, 2016     
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Alumni Gallery, W.T. Young Library
 to register. 
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or any other dementia can be challenging. The disease affects our loved one’s memory, thinking, language and behavior. The Best Friend’s Approach is a care philosophy that enhances the life of our loved one living with this disease. It teaches us to accept our loved one unconditionally, no matter what the behavior. The care philosophy helps us stay connected to our loved one as the disease progresses. Tracy will share with us what the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care is all about.

Future Lunch & Learn
October 11 - Why Pre-Planning is So Important, Presented by Kelly Mead, Kerr Brothers
here for more info and to register. 

Date: November 18, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hilary J. Boone Center
Registration: Click
here to register for this FREE event, open to UK faculty, staff, students, retirees, and members of the public. 
Info: The Senior Resource Fair is an opportunity for you to meet with a variety of community agencies that provide valuable caregiving resources. Dr. Gregory Jicha from the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will also lead an informal talk on Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and caregiving from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Upcoming UK Events
Visual Arts Activities for Individuals with Dementia & Caregivers
Date: Begins September 10 (will meet once a week for 8 weeks)
Location: UK Art & Visual Studies Bldg., 236 Bolivar St.
Info: The U. S. Alzheimer's Disease Centers is overseeing the second round of a study exploring the effects of visual arts activities on quality of life for people with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers. Click here for the article that appeared in UKNow for more info. 
Rising Strong Workshop 
Date: September 16, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Location: The 90
Info: This interactive workshop is based on research professor and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Brené Brown’s, groundbreaking research and book, Rising Strong. During the workshop, we will learn positive, proactive tools and strategies to live a more resilient and wholehearted life. We will hear about and discuss what it takes to get back up after failure. And, we will learn how owning our stories of disappointment and heartbreak give us the power to write a daring new ending. This workshop is designed to bring people together and to learn from expert research and each other in a supportive environment. 
In the Community
Early Stage Social Engagement Group
Date: Monday, August 29
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Location: Alzheimer's Association, 2808 Palumbo Drive (2nd Fl.), Lexington, KY 40509
Registration: Call 1-800-272-3900. Registration is required. Participants must be pre-screened for this group. 
This group is designed to provide education, emotional, and social support for people in the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia through regularly scheduled outings, meetings, and activities. Participants are connected with other people with dementia and tries to help them maintain their personal and emotional health. Feel free to bring a lunch.    

Click here for a complete list of events hosted by the Alzheimer's Association in August.  


Date: Begins August 19 and ends September 24

Location: Franklin County
Events Offered: Click here for a complete event schedule
The goal of the Kentucky Senior Games is to maintain or improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of all Kentuckians 50 years of age and over through a year-round program of fitness and health promotion. This is accomplished through seasonal competitions at local, regional, and state levels.

The Kentucky Senior Games encourages older adults to stay active and fit, revive past fitness and recreational skills or learn new ones. Social events, ceremonies, and the arts are also an integral part of this successful program.

Click here for more information about events hosted by the Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group in August. 
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