April 2016
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
Never say never. Circumstances change; saying never denies that obvious fact. All too often having said never becomes an obstacle in decisions regarding long term care - assisted care, personal care, memory care or a skilled nursing facility. 

The choice between keeping a loved one in the home and placing them in a long term care facility is never easy. But we don't know what the future holds, and promising to never place a loved one in a long term facility is giving both you and your loved one false hope. 
Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Are You a
Helicopter Child?
Similar to helicopter parents, who hover too closely over their adolescent children, adult children may find their involvement in their aging parents' lives is unnecessary, unwelcome or both. Keeping a close watch on aging parents is natural and necessary, but hovering too closely can cause problems too. Read the complete article here 
How to Take a Vacation When You're a Caregiver
Taking care of an elderly parent can be draining. Whether you're the day-to-day caregiver or the child with primary responsibility for emotional and practical support, it's essential that you get some time off to refresh yourself and stave off burnout. There are so many detail and worries to deal with as a caregiver that it might seem simpler to just give up on the idea of a vacation. But there are options. Read complete article here
Upcoming UK Elder Care Events 
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn - Letting Go of the Reins
Date: April 7
Time: 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library
Click here to register for this and future UK Elder Care events. 
Info: Marie Smart, Family Care Specialist at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, will talk about helicopter children, those who hover over their parents not allowing them to do what they are still able to do. Keeping a close eye on aging loved ones is natural and necessary, but hovering too closely can cause problems too. Learn how to strike a balance between caring and overbearing. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome. 

Future Lunch & Learn Dates
May 19 - Getting Our Finances in Order as We Age 
All meetings are from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. located in the Gallery Room of the W.T. Young Library. 
Virtual Dementia Tour
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Commonwealth House (Gaines Center for the Humanities), 226 East Maxwell
Register: An appointment is required. Contact
 Terri Weber, UK Elder Care Coordinator at (859) 323-4600 to schedule a time. 

Info: There are more than 5 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer's Disease. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a unique simulation that allows participants to experience life through the eyes of their friends and loved ones who have this disease or another form of dementia. Participants can expect to spend about 30 minutes at the simulation. Who will you take the tour to honor? 
Other Upcoming UK Events
Date: Second Thursday of every month
Time: 11:30 a.m. (course lasts 4 hours)
Location: Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center, Pavilion A, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
Register: Call (859) 323-1890; Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members

Info: This course is designed to help reduce the number car accidents caused by elderly drivers through an open discussion about the changes that occur as a body ages and how that relates to safer driving. Click here for more info. 
Research Opportunity for Parkinson's Patients and/or Caregivers
Dates: April 18; and May 2
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Crestwood Christian Church
Register: Contact Olivia Yinger, PhD, MT-BC at (859) 218-0997 or

Info: Researchers at the UK School of Music are looking for people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers who want to sing and make music to improve well-being. Click here for more info. 
In the Community
Click here for a complete list of events hosted by the Alzheimer's Association in April. 
Part-Time Van Drivers Needed for Lexington Senior Centers
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Department of Aging Services is seeking part-time van drivers to transport senior adults from their homes to the Lexington Senior Centers. Drivers do not have to have a CDL. Generally, it is about 75 hours a month and every three weeks drivers will get 6.5 days off. Click here for the job description. For more info, contact Kristy Stambaugh at (859) 278-6072 or
Please note: This is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by UK Work-Life/Elder Care or the University of Kentucky. 
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