March 2016
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
Think about it: what kind of person devotes a huge amount of time, energy and resources to another person; someone who possibly doesn’t even appreciate your efforts? What kind of person passes up promotions, nights out, vacations, and even just a simple walk in the park to take care of their loved one? What type of person often sacrifices his/her most productive hours, and even years to care for a loved one who cannot care for their own needs? Just one type of person: a caregiver! Kudos to the caregiver! But also, caution to the caregiver! It is almost inevitable: the perpetual focus on others leads to a mental set that all too often means the caregiver is not in control of his/her own life. Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Why is Caregiving Stressful?
There is no doubt that caregiving is stressful. Hear from someone who has been caring for her husband for more than 18 years. As the time has passed, she has become more aware of stress. Her husband thinks the stress is self-induced. From lack of help to financial worries, her perspective is that stress is built into the caregiving role. Read the complete article here 
A Son Cares for His Aging Mother
Marcus Waller and his mother are on an uneasy journey, she in aging and he in caregiving. Traditionally, daughters assumed the care of aging parents, but more women are working, and there are too many people 80 years and older to leave care to one gender. Marcus is one of the 7.4 million sons currently caring for parents. 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. 


UK Elder Care Caregiver Support Group - What is the Right Choice for Your Loved One: In-Home Care, Adult Day Care or Placement? 
Date: March 24
Time: 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Keeneland Room, W.T. Young Library
Register: Click
here to register for this and future UK Elder Care events. 

Info: Tonya Cox, Executive Director of the Homeplace at Midway, will be with us to discuss the differences between community supported home care and placement. 
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
Date: March 7; March 21; April 4; 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. 
Community Events
Click here to register for this FREE event.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bluegrass Ballroom at The Lexington Center

i know expo is a FREE event for people of all ages and life stages: living out their golden years; taking care of someone they love; coping with difficult health situations or simply smart enough to know it's never to early to start planning for the future.

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

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