YOUR Caregiving Calendar for the week of February 20, 2022:
1. Tuesday, February 22, 2022
American Diabetes Association
What does an eye exam look like?
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific - Online event
Hosted by the American Diabetes Association, this free online event is part of what is called the Ask the Experts webinar series.
If you or your loved one has diabetes, knowing how to properly care for your eyes and being aware of any changes can be crucial for your health and vision.
Event Description: The annual eye exam: Why do I need one and what does it look like? We will explore the reasons that all persons with diabetes should have an annual eye exam, and explain what the provider will actually do during the exam and why each part of the exam is being done. Please join us and ask questions of our expert so that you can be fully informed about the what and why of your eye examination.
2. Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Family Caregiver Alliance
Fall Prevention for Caregivers and Older Adults
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls by older adults cost roughly $50 billion dollars a year in medical costs. In addition to the financial impact, think about the physical and mental ramifications of a serious fall?
Event description: This webinar, presented by Stanford Health Care Occupational Therapist Tricia Catiggay, will provide tips and advice for caregivers of older adults, and will also benefit caregivers who are themselves 65 or older.
3. Thursday, February 24, 2022
American Society on Aging
Dementia Training for Law Enforcement Personnel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific
With an aging population, comes a new level of interaction with those experiencing a range of medical conditions.
How do first responders learn to properly do their jobs, while recognizing an elder citizen may or may not always respond the same as someone much younger?
Event description: This webinar will review the development of a successful local law enforcement dementia training program, describing the key challenges and lessons learned for its ongoing implementation. Participants will learn strategies for successful outreach and program development that they can use to develop partnerships with law enforcement in their communities.
4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Family caregivers come in all ages, ethnicities, and sex. An increasing number of men are in the role of caring for loved ones and that includes men of color.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is focusing attention on this sector of the care force, to raise awareness and offer support.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is expanding efforts totackle the hurdles facing family caregivers. The work includes advocacy, education and far-reaching medical and financial support.
About the organization: The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) was established in 1987, rooted in former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s belief that there are only four types of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, who are caregivers, who will be caregivers, and who will need caregivers. RCI was established at Georgia Southwestern State University in her honor.
5. You ask, we answer
A KIRC reader (and caregiver) this week during our social media exchanges expressed feeling massive ‘overwhelm’ and ‘burnout’ around their caregiving duties. They are based in South Carolina.
My rule of thumb? Ask for anything and everything that may be available to provide help and relief.
Have a good week ahead KIRC family!
And remember, ‘You can’t take care of others unless you are also taking care of yourselves!’