Aging & Elder Care

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A-Z: Reviewing the Senior’s Needs: This presentation is for people who are starting to become concerned about the health or safety of their aging relatives. It provides a practical step by step way to look at an older adult, starting with the five senses and ending with home safety. In between are areas such as nutrition, memory and social activities.

Aging Workforce: This program describes the normal and abnormal effects of aging on the body. We will discuss the signs and symptoms of early aging as it relates to muscular strength, balance and reaction time, flexibility, and the 5 senses. We will give the audience practical applications to decrease abnormal aging and to deal with the effects of the aging process on the workforce.

Being A Working Caregiver: This presentation focuses on the impact of caregiver issues in today’s working population. The “sandwich generation,” while being employed and raising their own children, may also need to assist their parents. Collecting resources and accessing information early can save time as well as simplify the process.

Caregiving: A Family Affair: Because families are often the central unit in the job of caregiving, understanding individual roles can be beneficial to making it a positive learning experience. Working with activities for all ages can involve even the youngest member in the aging process.

Caring from a Distance: Do you worry about your father falling when you are miles and miles away? Is y our mother really taking her medication at the correct time with the exact dose and on an empty stomach? Are your thoughts occupied by your parents’ health status? “Distance” caregivers, from across the state to across the country, will be prepared for their role and benefit from gaining knowledge on local community resources to assist their loved ones at a distance. This seminar will inform about the options that you have as a caregiver, plus collect critical information to ease your stress level and paperwork

Choices in Senior Housing: Nursing homes are no longer the only choice for seniors needing supportive services. This presentation provides information on options within the continuum of long-term care for seniors. Seniors may choose to age in place (their home) or relocate to supportive housing arrangements such as a foster group housing setting, a retirement community or an assisted living facility. Common choices including advantages and disadvantages are reviewed. How to match what an individual needs with what is available as well as tips on being a smart consumer are reviewed.

Critical Conversations: Making Decisions as a Family: Families value their elders and want old age to be the best experience possible. Having dialogue with the whole family is a way to make it happen. Talking with your elders about driving, health, independence, and dying can be difficult, but these conversations are critical to good planning. Use ideas from this seminar to help your family communicate better and work together to solve caregiving challenges – and share the rewards. You will learn strategies that ensure everyone feels positive about the plans and decisions made, and you will create a true family caregiving team.

Elder Law: A person’s ability to make independent decisions is affected by physical and mental decline and is destroyed when incapacitated. It is essential for anyone to plan ahead. However, seniors avoid planning for many reasons, including lack of trust. This seminar will educate about wills, health care directives, powers of attorney, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships so that attendees can assist their parents and themselves with this important part of estate planning.

Funding for Elder Care: Since nursing home, home care and other long term care costs are already high and continuing to increase, it is important to make sure that we will be able to pay for care when we need it. This presentation reviews services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Important information about other funding options will also be discussed.

Finding Community Resources for Your Older Family Member: What aging-related services are available and how do I find them? Good news! There are many different resources and services that can make a senior’s life easier, not to mention yours – as caregiver. At this seminar, you will learn how to identify resources and pay for them, as well as how to provide care from a distance and encourage your family member to try helpful services.

Help! My Parents Are Getting Old … What Should I Do?: By attending this seminar, you will understand the importance of gathering and sharing key information, learn the importance of planning ahead, give you confidence and a sense of peace for planning ahead, learn how to initiate those difficult conversations, identify important documents to gather together, understand your changing roles, and learn more about the resources that can help.

Making Decisions Sooner Rather Than Later…Your Own Health Care Directive: Join us to learn how to identify key people in your life that should know about your wishes and understand the importance of expressing your wishes. Learn about what is included in the Minnesota Health Care Directive and “Five Wishes”. These are easy to complete health care directive forms that let you say exactly what your wishes are for the future as well as end of life decisions. Every age is the right age to have a health care directive!

Navigating the Long Term Care System Maze: What is long-term care? Long-term care includes a multitude of health, social and residential services. These options may seem like a maze, especially to the consumer facing a health care crisis. This presentation provides information about the range of options and professionals available to support an individual with long term care needs. Tips on managing communication with providers and professionals are offered.

When to Worry? Understand Changes in the Aging Process: Have you ever wondered if you are losing it? Join us for a conversation to better understand what may be “normal” memory loss verses signs of early dementia. Discuss tips on how to manage behaviors and various approaches that can be tried. Resources will be provided. By attending this seminar you will gain awareness of early warning signs of memory loss, identify what is normal and what might not be normal and become more aware of resources that are designed to support memory loss.