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February 2016
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Greetings from UK Elder Care!

UK Elder Care Blog by Terri Weber
The month of February is almost always associated with Valentine's Day. But what about Groundhog Day? If you've seen the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day, you know he plays a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again. Such is the case for many caregivers -- living a life of routine and monotony. You'll find that theme in this month's blog post and throughout this newsletter. We hope you enjoy this month's issue and hope to see you at one of our upcoming UK Elder Care events. Read complete blog post here.
News You'll Want to Know
Caregiving Realities: When Life Seems Like a Stuck Record
When you are caring for someone with memory loss, the days all run together. Indeed, it may often seem as though you are living in a remake of the movie, Groundhog Day, where nothing ever changes. Life is like a stuck record. This is especially true when the person with dementia has severe short-term memory loss and asks the same questions repeatedly, an action called preservation. Read complete article here 
 
As Population Ages, Where Are the Geriatricians? 
Geriatrics is one of the few medical specialties in the United States that is contracting even as the need increases, ranking at the bottom of the list of specialties that internal medicine residents choose to pursue. In Oregon, there is approximately one geriatrician for every 3,000 people over 75. That problem is mirrored across the United States. Read complete article here
Upcoming UK Elder Care Events 
UK Elder Care Caregiver Support Group - Is It Groundhog Day? Another Day in the Life of a Caregiver
Date: February 17
Time: 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Keeneland Room, W.T. Young Library

Info: Routine is an effective way to care for loved ones with dementia and other health issues. Unfortunately, too much repetition can leave a caregiver feeling like Bill Murray’s character in the movie Groundhog Day. Hear from Terri Weber, UK Elder Care Coordinator, as she suggests ideas and strategies to get out of a caregiving rut.
Register: Click here to register for this and future UK Elder Care events. 

Future Caregiver Support Group Dates
March 24 - What Is the Right Choice for Your Loved One: Home Care, Adult Day Care or Placement? 
All meetings are from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. located in the Keeneland Room of the W.T. Young Library. 


UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn - Don't Blame It on Aging
Date: February 24
Time: 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Gallery Room, W.T. Young Library

Info: According to this article, there are only 7,000 geriatricians practicing in the U.S. today. That's why we're especially excited to welcome Dr. Nancy Stiles from the UK Geriatric Clinic as she presents, "Don't Blame It on Aging." Dr. Stiles, one of the few board-certified, fellowship-trained geriatricians practicing in Kentucky, will talk about the aging process, functional decline, and the monitoring of your overall health. 
Register: Click here to register for this and future UK Elder Care events. 

Future Lunch & Learn Dates
March 8 - VA Benefits: Aid & Attendance

April 7 - Letting Go of the Reins 
All meetings are from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. located in the Gallery Room of the W.T. Young Library. 

 
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 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: 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 dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Participants can expect to spend about 30 minutes at the simulation. 
Other Upcoming UK Events
Visual Arts Activities for Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers
Date: Study is set to begin February 26. 
Time: The study group will meet once a week for 1 1/2 hours for 8 weeks.
Location: School of Arts and Visual Studies Building, 236 Bolivar Street (Handicap accessible parking will be available.)
Info: 
Researchers with the UK School of Art and Visual Studies are conducting a study on the impact of visual arts activities on the well-being of individuals with dementia and their caregivers. For more information view the brochure hereand for an exact start date, contact Dr. Allen Richards at (859) 361-1483 or Ann Christianson-Tietyen (859) 312-4553. 


UK Summer Camps Fair
Date: Friday, March 4 
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Location: 
Hilary J. Boone Center, 500 Rose Street
Register: Click
 here to register. 
Info: The fair is FREE and open to UK faculty, staff and students. This is the premier opportunity to find a camp(s) that interests the child(ren) in your family and fits your family's summer schedule. The previous fairs have been very successful, and you will not want to miss this one! 
Community Events
Click here for a complete list of events hosted by the Alzheimer's Association in February including  Advocacy Day on February 24. 

Refresh Your Soul 2016
Featuring Lisa Genova, PhD, best-selling author of Still Alice
and
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, leading educator on dementia
March 4, 2016
Tri County Assembly Church, Fairfield, Ohio
Click 
here for more info and to register. 
 


Grandparents & Relatives as Parents Conference
March 10, 2016
Clarion Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky
Click here for more info and a registration form. 

 
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