Community Education, Information and Kinship

 

Community Education, Information and Kinship is an opportunity for older adults, sons and daughters, spouses and loved ones to gain valuable information about elder care issues that are affecting our community today.

Adia’s Community Education, Information and Kinship Program is comprised of free educational seminars containing over thirty topics related to elder care issues. Delivered by industry leaders and experts, these easy to follow presentations can be tailored to both small and larger audiences. Below is a list of the topics pertaining to each seminar:

 

Age Related Changes versus Dementia

Is this a normal part of aging or should I be worried about dementia? Understand the normal challenges as a person ages and how they differ when someone has dementia.

 

Beginning the Conversation: Planning Ahead for the Needs of a Loved One Symposium

How do you balance taking care of an elderly parent, managing your own family, and sustaining a full time job? At some point in your lifetime you may need to “begin the conversation” of identifying the needs and the desires of your elderly parent, before the crisis hits home. Join a panel of qualified experts in fields such as geriatric care management, home care, and long-term care financial planning, real estate, mortgage lending, senior housing, and estate planning as they teach you how to “Begin the Conversation.”

 

The Benefits of Meditation/Relaxation

Meditation has benefits that affect our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. This presentation will look at these benefits and several types of meditation and relaxation exercises.

 

Caring for Elderly Relatives: How to Handle Family Conflicts

It’s not a shocker to anyone that sensitive family dynamics can be one of the most challenging aspects of care-giving for an elderly family member, compounded by the tremendous financial, physical, and emotional demands involved. This does not always mean that family squabbles are inevitable. Learn how to avoid conflicts with family members and successfully work through the issues and arriving at a best solution for the older adult.

 

Communicating with a Person with Dementia

A person with dementia may have difficulty communicating and making their needs known. Discover how to discuss communication challenges, tips for successful communication and effective communication strategies.

 

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in a Person with Dementia

Repeating the same question over and over, wandering, and aggression. These are some behaviors that caregivers may have difficulty with when their loved one has dementia. Understand the challenging behaviors that commonly occur in people with dementia and how you can cope with them. This class is great for caregivers, especially sons and daughters.

 

Dementia – Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Research shows several factors that help maintain a healthy brain and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Learn these factors and ways to incorporate them into your life.

 

Do You Have the “Silent Killer”? Find Out About High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because people don’t know they have it until it is too late. Understand what the numbers mean, symptoms, and risk factors associated with high blood pressure. Discover how high blood pressure is diagnosed, treatments, and lifestyle choices that may help decrease the chance of high blood pressure.

 

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sleep

Are you going to bed, but not necessarily going to sleep? This presentation will look at some of the common problems associated with sleep and will explore strategies to use to help you get a good night sleep and feel restored.

 

Exercise and Dementia

Research is showing that regular workouts are not only good for the body, but they may improve the mind as well. Learn how human brains benefit from regular aerobic exercise and strength training and how to incorporate them into your routine.

 

Exercise is Medicine

The Exercise is Medicine campaign is a national campaign launched by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association to create dialogue between physicians and every American. Research has proved that exercise improves quality of life and decreases incidence of disease, chronic health conditions, and obesity. This presentation will discuss the campaign and the importance of routine physical activity, as well as offer exercise examples.

 

How Love and Marriage is Affected by Care Giving

Even the strongest relationships can be pushed to the brink when one is caring for the other spouse. Stress on the relationship and simple exhaustion is inevitable. Learn how to make it work by continuing to care for your spouse as well as take care of yourself. This seminar is best for caring couples as well as sons and daughters trying to care for their aging parents.

 

How Colorful is Your Plate? The Importance of Healthy Eating

Healthy eating helps you get the right balance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It can help prevent and control many health problems. Discover the important food groups and how to get the proper portions of each in your diet.

 

How to Avoid Strained Sibling Relationships when a Parent has Alzheimer’s

For every additional sibling or family member in the mix of caring for their aging parents, there is always an increased chance of communication troubles and discord in decision-making. Learn how to ensure every sibling has a purpose stays in the communication mix and makes decision in the best interest of the parent(s) with Alzheimer’s. This seminar is best for sons and daughters in the midst of family conflict or planning ahead to avoid family conflict.

 

Geriatric Sensitivity Training

Geriatric Simulation or Older Adult Sensitivity Training (OAST) is an important workshop to learn and enhance your ability to communicate, work or care for an older adult in their home, workplace or community. Increase your geriatric IQ and sensitivity by learning how to effectively cater to the older adult market as human beings, not units. Learn the strategies to address common sensory, cognitive, and mobility changes in older adults. How do you know what it’s like to be 93 years old? Try it at this workshop.

 

Identity Theft and Current Marketing Scams Directed at the Elderly

Understanding how to prevent from becoming the next victim of identity theft is imperative and necessary. Unlike traditional crime, identity theft is invisible and very easy for fraudsters to do over a long period of time if not detected. Learn how to protect yourself and your assets by taking preventative steps of protection. In addition, learn about the most current marketing scams targeting the elderly population.

 

The Impact of Care Giving on Employers

There is a positive correlation between employee satisfaction and worker productivity/performance. Caring for a parent and working full time is often a stressful experience and emotionally draining. Today, 1 in 10 employees are juggling both. Like childcare programs, employers must begin preparing eldercare support programs & services to their greatest assets – employees. Learn how to take proactive steps ensuring your employees are supported, productive and satisfied in the workplace.

 

Is Home Care for You?

An old and well-used adage says ‘Home is Where the Heart is’. In today’s time, when the distinction between staying at home or moving into assisted living facilities/institutions becomes blurred, a comprehensive comparison between both housing options is important and necessary to make the best decision for yourself or loved one. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of both options. This seminar is best for older adults, family, conservators, estate planners, and family relatives.

 

Is It Time to Stop Driving?

Driving is such a part of our lives here in the United States. The difficulty comes when we get older and may not be able to sustain our ability to drive. Age doesn’t necessarily mean someone has to give up driving. It’s not how old a person is; it’s more about the physical changes that affect our ability to drive and how some adaptations may help us maintain our driving.

 

Living with Diabetes

This presentation is designed to help you better understand diabetes, the risk factors, meal planning, and treatment. It will also explore complications involved with diabetes, and lifestyle choices that can help decrease those risks.

 

Making Your Wishes Known at the End of Life

This presentation will help you to talk to your loved ones about what their wishes for medical care would be if they were to become seriously ill. This will help give seriously ill people more control over their end-of-life care.

 

Medication Management

People age 65 and older take more medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, than other age groups. They also tend to have more long-term, chronic illnesses such as dementia, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. This presentation will help older adults and their families learn about some of the common medications correctly and safely. Also learn how to communicate with your doctor to understand your medications.

 

Money Matters – Comprehensive and Comparative Overview of the Total Costs of Care Options in Your Community

Arm yourself with the hard financial facts and value about elder care (non-medical and nursing) options in the home, assisted living facilities, specialty-care living facilities and much more. This seminar is best for anyone planning and preparing their financial responsibilities for short-term and long-term elder care needs. “If you’re not prepared, it’s not pressure you feel, it’s fear” – Bruce Bochy.

 

Overwhelmed With Life? How to Deal With Stress

Stress is a fact of life. It can be negative or positive, but in this busy modern life, it is often a negative experience. This presentation will look at common causes of stress, signs, and symptoms, areas of the body affected by stress, and strategies to help deal with stress.

 

Preventing Falls One Step at a Time

This program was developed by the Fall Prevention Coalition of Los Angeles to discuss the issue of falls among older adults and what can be done to help reduce them. This presentation includes facts about falls, talking with the doctor, physical activity, safety in the home and community, what you can do to prevent falls, and local resources.

 

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

What happens when a Caregiver does not show up to work? Steals your precious belongings? Or refuses to help you with a specific request/need? This seminar intends to raise awareness about key questions to ask when interviewing a caregiver or an agency. Reduce your risk of abuse, liability, neglect and poor service by simply asking 10 basic questions related to service care and protection.

 

Top Ten Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Living Assistance Facility

This seminar intends to raise awareness about key questions to ask selecting a Living Assistance Facility. Reduce your risk of abuse, liability, neglect and poor service by simply asking 10 basic questions related to service care and protection.

 

Top Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting a Hospice Company

This seminar intends to raise awareness about key questions to ask selecting a Hospice Company. Reduce your risk of abuse, liability, neglect and poor service by simply asking 10 basic questions related to service care and protection.

 

Top Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting the Best Physician for Your Care

This seminar intends to raise awareness about key questions to ask selecting a Primary Care Physician and/or specialist.

 

Warning Signs of Stroke

Strokes can occur suddenly, but if you know the symptoms and how to respond, you can help limit long-term damage. Understand the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of stroke.