Dementia: Caring & Coping Presentations

2019 Presentations

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New Approaches to Treating and Preventing
Alzheimer's and other Brain Disorders


September 12, 2019



Improving the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease and other brain disorders was the focus of the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D) event on Thursday, September 12. Internationally recognized Alzheimer’s researcher and expert Dr. William Frey II will presented the latest information about treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's and reducing the risk of getting Alzheimer's through exercise and diet. Dr. Frey also discussed treatments in development for stroke, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and other brain disorders.

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Senior Housing: Know Your Rights


August 8, 2019



Senior Housing: Know Your Rights brings focus to the rights of residents and caregivers in long-term facilities. The presentation by Aisha Elmquist, ombudsman specialist representative of the state’s ombudsman for long-term care, discusses advocating for the rights of those living in nursing homes, memory care, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings. The event was co-sponsored by RSVL A/D and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and funded in part by a Live Well at Home Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Additional Information


Advocating for Resident Rights and the Role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Minnesota Department of Health provider survey & licensure/certification information
Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card
Nursing Home Compare
Information about Minnesota’s health and social services

Important Phone Numbers


Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care: 651-431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591
Senior LinkAge Line®: 1-800-333-2433
Disability Hub: 1-866-333-2433
Veterans Linkage Line™: 1-888-546-5838
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Caring for Caregivers


May 22, 2019



How can caregivers plan for the future while being mindful of their own needs in the present? Elder law attorney Brenna Galvin discussed long-term care choices and costs, building a support team to help keep the caregiver going, and the importance of remembering to take care of yourself as well as your loved one during this presentation hosed by the Roseville Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D) at the Roseville Library.

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Caring For Caregivers
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Advanced Directives: Spotlight on Health Care Agents


April 29, 2019



How can you ensure that your wishes will be followed if you are incapacitated by illness or injury? Roseville’s Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT) hosted Advanced Directives: Spotlight on Health Care Agents on April 29, 2019 to answer that question and more. Attorney Brenna Galvin and Deborah Day Laxson, author of “The Gray Zone: When Life Support No Longer Supports Life,” led the two-hour seminar. The presentation discussed the critical components of an advanced health care directive and what care decisions you loved ones may face. It also provided training for individuals that may be appointed as healthcare agents.

Additional Information


Advanced Directives - presentation by Attorney Brenna Galvin
Advanced Directives - presentation by Author Deborah Day Laxson
Presentation Handouts
Presentation Flyer
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Legal Documents: A Guide for the Perplexed


March 21, 2019



Are you confused about the difference between wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, and more? Check out the discussion documents from Attorney Brenna Galvin’s CHAT presentation Legal Documents 101: A guide for the Perplexed. Legal Documents 101 is a simple, informative presentation that describes what documents you need for yourself and your family member or care recipient. The Roseville Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT) and the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D) sponsored the seminar.

Additional Information


Legal Documents 101: A Guide for the Perplexed Presentation
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How to Pay for Care


March 14, 2019



The prospect of paying for long-term care (LTC) can be overwhelming. RSVL A/D's March 2019 presentation provided instruction for leveraging benefits and assets. The presentation also discussed the importance of financial planning for LTC, including the benefits and costs of various types of public and private pay.

Additional Information


How to Pay for Care Presentation
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Normal Aging or Dementia?


February 14, 2019



Memory loss is not necessarily dementia. RSVL A/D’s February 2019 presentation discussed the importance of an accurate diagnosis. Misdiagnosis or symptoms can be related to hearing loss, other causes such as autoimmune disease or various medications. Three experts in the field helped attendees learn the difference between dementia, depression, and delirium as well as what medications can be helpful or harmful, depending on the diagnosis.

Additional Information


Delirium symptoms and causes
Know the 10 signs of dementia (abnormal vs typical)
Alzheimer’s or Depression: could it be both?
Lyngblomsten’s Q&A Respite Visit
Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout not to miss
Video: Jennifer Oligmueller discusses that memory loss is not necessarily dementia and the importance of an accurate diagnosis.

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Healthy Brain: Exercise, Nutrition, Sensitivities


January 10, 2019



Three experts in the field of brain health discuss the lifestyle choices that promote a healthy brain.

Additional Information


Brain Health (CDC) - Carolyn Klaver
Following a Healthy Diet - Bill Walsh
Healthy Brain - Samantha Strubel
Healthy Brain - Carolyn Klaver
Healthy Habits, 3 Experts - Carolyn Klaver, Bill Walsh, Samantha Strubel

2018 Presentations

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Medicare Changes That May Impact You


October 25 and November 8, 2018



Major changes are coming to Medicare in 2019 that may affect coverage. Roseville’s Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT) held a special presentation on October 25 and November 8 that discussed these coming changes. Elder law attorney Brenna Galvin and Minnesota Board on Aging Senior LinkAge Line staff discussed the program’s latest updates and their impacts on seniors.

Areas covered during the presentation included:
  • Changes Minnesotans can anticipate in 2019
  • Parts A, B, C, and D of Medicare
  • Medicare supplemental plans
  • Medigap policies
  • Medicare Cost Plans
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Open enrollment
  • The State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Additional Information


Medicare Changes That May Impact You
What's New For Medicare
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After the Diagnosis


October 11, 2018



What are the practical things caregivers and care recipients can do after receiving a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment? Dr. Joe Gaugler, Long-Term Care Professor in Nursing at the University of Minnesota, addresses the practical things caregivers and care recipients can do after receiving a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment.

After the Diagnosis: Presentation (PDF)
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Family Gatherings and Travel 2


September 13, 2018



Family Gatherings and Travel 2 is a follow on to the first gatherings and travel discussion held in June of 2017. The presentation featured a panel of professionals and families dealing with dementia. The panel discussed how holiday gatherings, family celebrations, outings, and travel change with dementia. Insights and tips to reduce stress, increase safety and improve engagement to create remarkable moments were also feature elements of the discussion.

Memory Minders: Travel Kit


Memory Minders: Travel Kit is a practical collection of tips for local and extended travel with someone with dementia. It also has planning and “take along” documents to help make your travel with someone with dementia as smooth as possible. Creators share their insights and tips as former caregivers to reduce stress, increase safety and improve engagement. The Travel Kit also includes a handout suggesting ways to hold effective family celebrations, outings and holiday gatherings that include friends and loved ones with dementia.

PDF Files below are for all the elements needed to build the 2018 Memory Minders: Travel Kit. Also listed are links for the two brochures in the 2018 Memory Minders: Travel Kit.

2018 Document Travel Bag


Document Travel Bag Label 
Emergency Contact Card for Person with Dementia 
Emergency Contact Card for Care Partner 
Emergency Travel Medical Form / How to Fill Out 
Tips for Dementia Travel – Local and Extended 
Tips for Family Gatherings & Holidays: A Guide for Caregivers 
Memory Minders: Travel Kit Contents / DIY: How to Build a Travel Kit 
Trip Planner Form / Travel Itinerary (Sample)
Helpful Tips when Dealing with Dementia
Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers Brochure

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Resources for Living at Home


May 10, 2018



Are you a senior interested in staying in your home or do you know a senior with questions about aging in place? Check out presentation documents from RSVL A/D’s discussion Resources for Living at Home. Aging in place is a hot topic. This session focused on the services available to assist seniors interested in staying in their home. The discussion featured presentations by Help at your Door, SYNERGY HomeCare and Meals on Wheels.

Additional Information


Help At Your Door Organization
SYNERGY HomeCare
Meals on Wheels
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Legal Documents: A Guide for the Perplexed


March 24, 2018



Are you confused about the difference between wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, and more? Check out the presentation documents, legal definitions and FAQs from Attorney Brenna Galvin’s CHAT presentation Legal Documents 101: A guide for the Perplexed. Legal Documents 101 is a simple, informative presentation that describes what documents you need for yourself and your family member or care recipient. The Roseville Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT) and the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D) sponsored the seminar.

Additional Information


Legal Documents 101: A Guide for the Perplexed Presentation
Legal Definitions
Frequently Asked Legal Documents Questions (FAQs)
Brenna Galvin, Attorney at Law
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Technology Resources for Caregivers


February 8, 2018



What are the latest technological advances for helping care partners live safely at home? This RSVL A/D event featured demonstrations by the Learning Lab for Eldercare Technology – Augustana Care and gave attendees a chance to see and touch this latest care partner technology.

Additional Information


PACER’s Simon Technology Center Lending Library
Additional Assistive Technology Resources

2017 Presentations

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Dealing with the Ongoing Losses of Dementia


December 14, 2017



Are there strategies for dealing with the ongoing losses of living with dementia? This presentation by grief and family educator Ted Bowman focuses on providing perspectives and tools for care partners of those living with dementia. Topics covered include daily (and holiday) care stress, complex and ambiguous relationships, and balancing self-care and care for another.

Additional Information


Dementia Losses PowerPoint Presentation
The Ongoing Losses When Living With Dementia
The Ongoing Losses (brief)
Grief-Hope Model
Chronic Sorrow
 
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After Caregiving: What's Next?


November 9, 2017



What comes next for the caregiver? The Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D) discussed caregiver re-entry after the caregiving role ends. The event provided an update on the year-old Roseville Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative, explored what issues former caregivers face, and highlighted the importance of self-care after giving intensive care to others.

Additional Information


After Caregiving Topics
Caregiver Re-Entry Resources
When Caregiving Ends
After Caregiving Ends
Life After Caregiving
Grief is a Response to Loss
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Family Dynamics: Why Can’t We Agree?


September 14, 2017



Conflicts are bound to arise when caring for a family member with dementia. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Tamara Statz discussed how to deal with those conflicts in her presentation “Family Dynamics: Why Can’t We Agree.” Topics covered included grief and loss, communication, disputes and disagreements, family dynamics, and family meetings. Tamara provides counseling to family members caring for a person with memory loss through the Residential Care Transition Module the University of Minnesota - School of Public Health. She is also in private practice at Vibrant Living, providing in-home therapy to older adults and families.

Additional Information


Family Dynamics Presentation
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Testing for Dementia: Diagnosis to Treatment and Real-World Implications


August 10, 2017



How do medical professionals test for dementia and what treatment options are available? Dr. Sonia Coelho, a Ph. D. and neuropsychologist, discusses the topic of testing and treatment for dementia and the real-world implications. The talk includes a demonstration of how paper-pencil type tests can help differentiate dementia from normal aging. Dr. Coelho will clarifies how the types of dementia determine treatments and how much assistance is needed.

Additional Information


Testing for Dementia
Testing for Dementia - Extra Slides
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Living and Dying with Dignity


July 13, 2017



A diagnosis of dementia can dramatically affect health care decisions and end-of-life planning. Dr. Steven Miles, a geriatrician and ethicist at University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, led a discussion, that focused on how to negotiate these new challenges and the importance of Advanced Care Planning (ACP).

Additional Information


My Unadorned Testament
Additional Resources for Advanced Care Planning
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Family Gatherings and Travel


June 8, 2017



Learn strategies for successfully navigating family gatherings and travel. A panel of professionals and families dealing with dementia will discuss how holiday gatherings, family celebrations, outings, and travel change with dementia.

The presentation materials include insights and tips to reduce stress, increase safety and improve engagement to create remarkable moments. There’s also a sample travel itinerary, emergency travel medical form with instructions for completion, a trip planner, emergency contact cards for the individual with dementia and the care partner, tips for dementia travel – local and extended, and the Ramsey County Library Memory Minder Kits brochure.

Handouts


Travel Tip Sheet
Memory Minders Travel Kit
Trip Planner
Emergency Medical Form
Emergency Contact Card (PWD)
Emergency Contact Card (Care Partner)
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How to Pay for Senior Care


May 11, 2017



Elder law attorney Allison J. Frasier provides an overview of options for financing the care of a person who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability, such as dementia. Discussion topics include private payment, long-term care insurance, the Medical Assistance program, and Veteran’s Benefits.

Additional information for veterans
  • A listing of community VSO officers is available at https://nvf.org/veteran-service-officers. For Vet to Vet Assistance please call (888) 777-4443.
  • Information on how to obtain a copy of the Know Your Benefits, Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents and Survivors book distributed by the VA is available by calling (866) 512-1800.
  • A list of contracted nursing homes has frequent changes throughout the year, based on a number of factors. Consumers should contact the VA or health care center to determine if the facility they are interested is still under a VA contract.
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Hospice and Palliative Care for People with Dementia


March 9, 2017


 
Dr. Julie Benson, Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care, was the featured speaker at RSVL A/D’s Dementia: Caring & Coping event on March 9, 2017. Dr. Benson led a thorough discussion about Hospice and palliative Care for people with dementia, focusing on Identify and understand the difference between palliative care and hospice care, gaining an understanding of the impact that utilizing these services can have on the dementia process, learning more about the resources available to help the process of dying and how to utilize these resources, and focusing on living while dying.

Handouts


Hospice and Palliative Care Presentation
Hospice and Palliative Care Resources
Ask Your Doctor Brochure