Hello KIRC family!
Whether you are a family caregiver, suspecting you will soon be in that role, or simply want to learn more about navigating care for another (and yourself), Keeping It Real Caregiving strives to share a selection of upcoming events, news, and information from the field of aging and caregiving.
11:30 am - 12:00 pm (Central)
Online - Virtual
Hosted by: Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City
Event description: Join us in a weekly mindfulness experience, anchored in science, to enhance your overall well-being and meet the challenges of everyday life.
Sondra Wallace, MSED, JFS YouBeYou, and Mental Health Coalition Coordinator, and Julia Grimm, LMLP, JFS Therapist will lead our Mindful Mondays sessions. Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice and focused on being aware of what an individual is sensing and feeling in the moment without interpretation of judgment.
*Registration is required*
10:00 am (Pacific)
Is it Normal Aging or Dementia?
Online - virtual
Hosted by: Inland Caregiver Resource Center
Event description: We hear these two terms often (Alzheimer's/Dementia) but what is the difference. We will discuss different types of dementia and symptoms of each in this workshop. We will also talk about the stages of Alzheimer's disease and how to react to behaviors associated with this disease.
2:00 pm (Pacific)
More than a caregiver: Getting back to yourself book series: Being Resilient
Online - virtual
Hosted by: Passages Caregiver Resource Center
Event description: Learn how to reconnect with yourself. Each session will focus on a specific subject and provide tips on how to recognize yourself, be resilient and the importance of boundaries. During each session a caregiver book will be highlighted.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Pacific)
Elder and Disability Justice Coordinating Council
Online - virtual (zoom)
Event description: The California Elder and Disability Justice Coordinating Council will convene its second quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 28th. The purpose of this Council is to increase coordination and develop recommendations to prevent and address the abuse, neglect, exploitation, and fraud perpetrated against older adults and adults with disabilities.
*This webinar is open to the public*
11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Eastern)
Improving Home Health Services for Medicare Beneficiaries
Online - virtual
Hosted by: Bipartisan Policy Center
Event description: COVID-19 added urgency to ongoing discussions about “home-based care,” but little attention has been paid to Medicare services delivered by home health agencies. The Medicare home health benefit covers certain services for short periods of time, but fraud and abuse guardrails have reduced access to home health aide services for beneficiaries with complex conditions and exacerbated racial and ethnic disparities.
As you know, Keeping It REAL Caregiving recently had the honor of joining colleagues in the field of aging for the American Society on Aging ‘On Aging’ conference in New Orleans.
KIRC is honored to have been selected to take part in the ASA Rise Program, which is focused on educating emerging leaders in the field of aging in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
In an earlier post, we talked with an ASA Rise Fellow, about a program designed to help you navigate getting the most out of your Medicare coverage.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, known as SHIP, is a free, unbiased service to help you sort through all your options and help you find the resources you need. The service is available in all 50 states.
*If you know someone who does not usually find information online, please share this phone number with them*
Downsizing, decluttering, creating a safe space and staying put as we age. Keeping It REAL Caregiving has discussed this topic in previous posts but we can’t say it enough.
Plan and prepare! A new poll from the University of Michigan backs that up. Check it out:
If you missed our KIRC discussion on the topic, catch up now:
All for now - until next time~