September 2016
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
Caregiving and Depression
Caring for an aging loved one may create an overabundance of emotions. The uncertain future, career and financial worries, difficult life decisions and the potential for an unwanted lifestyle change can create fear, hopelessness, anger, resentment, and helplessness. All of this will affect your physical, emotional and mental well-being. It can even challenge your spiritual foundation. To be an effective caregiver, you need to protect your own health and well-being while you protect your loved one.
 Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Federal Officials Seek to Stop Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents
Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. The move follows a series of reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. Read complete article here

New Hope for Alzheimer's? Researchers See First Promising Therapies in Decades
For decades, Alzheimer's has been silently ravaging brains, stealing memories and shortening the lives of millions of Americans. Now, researchers say they may be on the brink of tantalizing treatment breakthroughs that could for the first time at least slow the disease's deadline progression. 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
here 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 & Learns
October 11 - Why Pre-Planning is So Important, Presented by Kelly Mead, Kerr Brothers
here for more info and to register. 

November 18 - Caring for Those with Dementia, Presented by Dr. Gregory Jicha, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
here for more info and to register.
(Dr. Jicha will be speaking as part of our first annual UK Senior Resource Fair. See below for more info.)
Date: November 18, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hilary J. Boone Center
Registration: Click
here for more info and 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.

Thank you to all the exhibitors who will be participating!
here for an updated list of those who will be at the fair. 
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. 

Study of Tai Chi and Fall Prevention

Date: Begins September 17 at 11:00 a.m. (will meet every Saturday for 12 weeks)
Location: Friends Quaker Meeting House, 649 Price Rd., Lexington, KY 40508
Info: If you're 65 or older, you may be eligible to take part in an exercise study conducted by the UK HealthCare Trauma Program. They're researching to find out how well a tai chi exercise routine for older adults can help prevent falling. By doing this study, researchers hope to learn if tai chi is an effective solution for improving strength, flexibility, balance and energy in older adults.
Contact: Amanda Rist at (859) 323-1116 or
In the Community
Legal and Financial Planning
Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Location: Clark County Public Library, 370 South Burns Ave., Winchester, KY 40361
Registration: Call 1-800-272-3900. Registration is required.  
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. Guest speaker will be attorney, Mary Patton. 

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

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