October 2016
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
A Caregiver's World Requires Balance
October is National Work and Family Month, and we would like to acknowledge and thank our working caregivers. According to AARP, there are an estimated 43.5 million caregivers in the U.S. providing more than 37 billion hours of unpaid care to a parent, spouse/partner, or other older loved one. And approximately 6 out of every 10 caregivers are employed outside the home. 

No one asks to be a caregiver. Just like no one asks to be sick or dependent on someone else. But here we are. What can we do to make this journey easier? Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Failure to Improve Is Still Being Used, Wrongly, to Deny Medicare Coverage
Medicare beneficiaries often hear such rationales for denying coverage of skilled nursing, home health care, or outpatient therapy. Deanna Kirby wasn't buying it when told that her mother would no longer receive the physical therapy she needed. "I knew they couldn't refuse you, even if you're not improving." She's right. A federal judge last month ordered the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to do a better job of informing healthcare providers that the so-called improvement standard was no longer in effect. Read complete article here

Writing a 'Last Letter' When You're Healthy
Over the last 15 years, this geriatrics and palliative care doctor, has had countless candid conversations with patients near the end of their lives. After hearing the most common emotion of regret expressed repeatedly, he came up with a project to encourage people to write a last letter to their loved ones. It can be done when someone is ill, but it's really worth doing when one is still healthy, before it's too late. Read complete article here


Upcoming UK Elder Care Events
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn: Why Pre-Planning is So Important
Presented by Kelly Mead, Kerr Brothers Funeral Home
October 11, 2016
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library
here to register. 
No one likes to think or talk about death, but having preparations in place for your final arrangements is one of the most generous things you can do for your family. It alleviates the emotional and financial stress to those left behind in a time of sadness and confusion. It assures that your wishes will be respected and honored. Join us as Kelly discusses the importance of talking with your family about the significance of pre-planning and how to start the process. 

Future Lunch & Learns

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
Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia
Dates: November 4 at the Auditorium and Atrium, Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A and November 5 at the Bluegrass Ballroom, Lexington Center
Info: This two day program will offer sessions for both the scientific and community audience. Clinicians and researchers from UK and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer's disease. 
Click here to register for this FREE event.
In the Community
Click here for a complete list of events hosted by the Alzheimer's Association in October. 

Baptist HealthwoRx and Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology presents Brainworks Educational Series
Dates: October 12, 19 and 26 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
HealthwoRx Fitness and Wellness Center in Lexington Green
Info: This is an education series for those with Mild 

Medicare Overview and Update Sessions Sponsored by Kentucky Health Solutions
Dates: October 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Lexington Library (Beaumont Branch); October 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Lexington Senior Center; and November 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Lexington Library (Central Branch)
Info: Learn more about the basics of Medicare, the benefits of Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Plans, and Part D Prescription Drug Plans. 

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