Barbara Wallace will help us understand the multiple facets of dementia and how it affects the family as well as the individual. She will provide practical advice on caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia.
|11:00||Gather and visit in the Fellowship Hall|
|11:15||Light lunch served|
|12:30||Q&A with speaker|
Caregiver Resources (August 2018)
Lauren spoke on caregiver support and practical resources for caregivers: the value of a Care Manager - a useful resource even when the senior feels they are still able to live independently, and having an advocate and remaining independent.
Downsizing - practical advice to get you started (December 2018)
A practical look at what it takes to get started sorting and divesting oneself of household goods that we've collected over the years. While some think that tackling downsizing is too big a problem to start, holding onto these items (aka 'ignoring it') can actually cause depression and create feelings of guilt. Peggy shared some great tips to identify what space you have (whether you're moving to a new place or just re-organizing where you are now to be more accessible), then figure out what will fit in that space. She laid out a scheme for sorting and some ideas on getting started (give yourself 15 minutes to focus on this each day and do it slowly and steadily). One big aha! was giving ourselves permission to let go of things we've inherited or we're keeping but may not have value to us today or we may not have the room to display or store them with honor and respect. (Are grandma's quilts really doing the best good stored in boxes in the attic? Could they be put to better use elsewhere?)
Contact Peggy for information on her rates and services. This is one area where an objective person with expert advice is worth making the investment.
Hearing Concerns Concerns about hearing as we age ( November 2018)
Hearing & Balance Specialists of Kansas City is a clinician-owned private practice specializing in tinnitus and soujnd sensitivity, dizziness and imbalance, auditory processing, hearing loss, and hearing aids. Dr. Lake specializes in diagnosing hearing loss and tinnitus, offering her patients the most advanced hearing aid technology available. She also performs specialized diagnostic procedures to help identify auditory processing disorders.
Dr. Lake gave us an overview of how hearing works and some insight into the various issues seniors encounter with hearing loss such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), dizziness and vertigo and the impact on our balance, as well as Auditory Processing Disorder which can affect all ages and causes the person's brain to have difficulty processing what they're hearing. She shared ways they test for these various conditions and updated us on the types, cost and insurance coverage eligibility of today's hearing aids.
Senior Planning Checklist (April 2019)
Aaron Love, JD
Love & Blomquist, LLC
Answers to questions about legal concerns like understanding the various types of ‘powers of attorney’, telling the family one’s wishes are regarding one's estate, etc.
Long Term Care Insurance Update Is long-term care insurance necessary? (September, 2018)
Dawn addressed questions and debunked myths about long-term care insurance.
House and Home
Aging Gracefully in Place (March 2019)
Lynn Stoner-Whitsett - Functional Home Living
Lynn shared some startling statistics on falls (accidental injury was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2017) then gave us some practical advice on updating our homes - including no-step entryways, single floor living, extra-wide halls and doors, lever-style handles, accessible electrical controls and lighting. 'Layered lighting' ensures lighting is available where it's needed. She suggested some low-cost solutions that seniors can do on their own, like a plug-in, motion sensor night light that gives off much more light. Great for those late night trips to the bathroom!
Senior Living Options (October 2018)
Troy shared an explanation of the various types of senior communities based on the amount of care needed from independent living communities to ones where round-the-clock care is provided. He gave ideas on the costs of each of the different types and provided us with a worksheet to help seniors and their loved ones compare what they're paying today in their own place to see how much they already paying for daily care. Troy's services are covered by the communities; there is no charge to the senior for his company's help. If you need one-on-one help making these decisions, reach out to Troy directly.