January 2017
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
No Matter How Long the Winter, Spring is Sure to Follow
Best of the Seasons!  We are coming off of the ‘holiday high’, and are about to move into the cold winter months of January and February. These can be difficult months for many of us.  As caregivers we need to be watchful over both ourselves and our loved one so as not to get caught up in the winter doldrums. Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote
With strong evidence that friendship does, indeed, help save lives and promote health, social workers and researchers wish we could pay more attention to its central role. Are there better ways to help elders stay in touch with the friends they care about, or meet new ones? We're all willing to drive loved ones to doctors' appointments; driving them to spend time with friends may matter just as much. Read complete article here
Therapy Cats for Dementia Patients, Batteries Included
Like some other nursing facilities, Hebrew Home in the Bronx, is turning increasingly to robotic therapy pets to soothe the agitation and anxiety that often accompany dementia and Alzheimer's. The home has long made use of therapy animals to reduce stress and isolation, "but at 3 in the morning if there's someone who's agitated on Memory Care, you're not going to have an actual dog there," said Wendy Steinberg, a spokesman. Read complete article here
Upcoming UK Events
The beginning of each New Year can bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose. That can create positive energy; a sense that your caregiving responsibilities can become more manageable.

UK Elder Care has several new and exciting events lined up for 2017 to help create that feeling of purpose. These events can give you the confidence, knowledge and tools you need to manage your caregiving responsibilities. Knowing you have the support of the Elder Care Office can give you that extra assurance you might need. Click on the image below for details on upcoming events.
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn: In-Home Care -- Providing the Extra Support Your Loved One Needs
Presented by Bill Hughes, Owner of Accessible Home Care and Chair of the Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Council
January 25, 2017

Time: 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. 
Location: Alumni Gallery, W.T. Young Library
here for more info and to register. 
Info: What happens
 to your older loved one(s) when the risks and challenges of staying in their own home compromise their comfort and safety? There are services available to help them live in their home, while providing the care and support they need. Hear from Bill Hughes, owner of Accessible Home Care and current Chair of the Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Council, and learn the differences between home care and home health care. Find out what you can expect from each of these services, options for paying for in-home services, and caregiving tips.

Future Lunch & Learns
February 28 -  How Do You Know When It's Time to Consider Placement? 
Presented by Tonya Cox, Executive Director of The Homeplace at Midway
April 20 -  Practical Tips for Everyday Living with Dementia
Presented by April Stauffer, Community Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association
here for more info and to register. 
Life After Caregiving Workshop
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Commons Room (Wethington Bldg.)
here for more info and to register. ($15 registration fee - Financial assistance is available to UK students and employees.)
Info: Linda Barrett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Miami University, Ohio Department of Sociology & Gerontology will conduct a half-day workshop on life after caregiving. Once your caregiving duties have finished what will your life be like? An emptiness will be felt when the many tasks and responsibilities that you once performed are no longer part of your daily routine. You will feel your identity as a caregiver is gone. Your world will be immeasurably different. Separating yourself from your caregiving identity, readjusting to a world around you, and forming new relationships are an important part of reclaiming your life. Make plans now to join us as we discuss skills and tools to reimagine and transition to life after caregiving. 
Virtual Dementia Tour
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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) 218-0457 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 the 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? 
In the Community

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Road,
Lexington, KY 40502

Click here for more info. 

The Basics - Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Date: January 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Jessamine County Cooperative Extension Office, 95 Park Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356

Click here for more info. 

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


Lunch & Learn: Identifying and Intervening with Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Clients
Target Audience: Healthcare Clinicians
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way,
Lexington, KY 40504
Register: Please e-mail Lunch will be provided.
here for more info. 

Woodford County Caregiver Meetings
Dates: 2nd Tues. of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Daisy Hill Senior Living in Versailles and 2nd Thurs. of each month at 10:30 a.m. at The Homeplace in Midway
Register: All support groups are free and open to the public. Click
here for more info.

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