December 2016
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
Caregiving and the Holidays
With the holidays just around the corner and all the associated craziness they bring, this might be a good time to take a deep breath and get a clear picture of what you'll face as a caregiver in the next few weeks. Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
UK to Sponsor Honor Flight
On Saturday, May 20, the University of Kentucky will become the first university in the country to sponsor an Honor Flight. The mission of the Honor Flight is to ensure that veterans have the opportunity to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. UK's first priority will be alumni who have served, followed by UK retirees and finally family members of UK's current faculty and staff. Read complete article here
Playgrounds for an Aging Population
Long popular in China, Japan and parts of Europe and Latin America, adult playgrounds are popping up across the U.S. from Portland, Oregon to Tomball, Texas, to New York City, as organizations and municipalities cater to the needs of an aging population. While these playgrounds can provide a number of benefits, it's the potential impact on health that has most groups interested. Read complete article here
Upcoming UK 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
Click 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.)
Register: Registration coming soon!
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
Click here for a complete list of events hosted by the Alzheimer's Association in December.

Please join Attorney General Andy Beshear in partnership with the Lexington Senior Center to learn about scams and what you can do to protect yourself. 
Date: December 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Location: Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington, KY 

Click here for more info. 

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. 

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