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February 9, 2023
“Living With Dementia: Managing Daily Care”
Video coming soon
Providing daily care for a loved one with dementia can present overwhelming demands on the family caregiver, often leading to frustration and exhaustion. With the goal of enhancing the overall well-being of all involved, this webinar offers strategies for planning daily activities such as dressing, dining, personal hygiene and exercising, as well as social and leisure activities.
January 12, 2023
“Making Decisions About Caregiving”
Handling sensitive topics and making difficult decisions about providing for care for a loved one, especially when emotions are high, is never easy. This webinar will cover information about assessing needs, working together with family members, accessing community services and resources, relocating loved ones, and exploring various care settings including in-home and residential care.
December 8, 2022
“Living With Dementia: Understanding Behaviors as Communication”
As the conditions that cause dementia progress, communication becomes challenged and persons living with dementia increasingly rely on their behaviors to express their needs. In this webinar, family caregivers will gain an understanding of how to assess, interpret, and respond to dementia-related behaviors in a manner that can improve communication and promote meaningful connections.
November 10, 2022
“Medicare: An Overview and Update for 2023”
Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people age 65+ and those with disabilities doesn’t have to be confusing. A guest presenter from Alameda County’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will share information about coverage, options for supplementing Medicare, and changes for 2023.
October 13, 2022
“End-of-Life Legal and Financial Issues”
When facing the incapacity of a loved one, reliance on professionals will ensure that families receive the most accurate information about options and protection. An elder law attorney will share information about establishing powers of attorney, trusts and wills, paying for long-term care and accessing government assistance programs.
September 8, 2022
Since dementia dramatically changes the ways that individuals think, perceive, communicate and behave, caring for a loved one with dementia presents a unique set of challenges. Hope Hospice’s dementia specialists discuss the nature and progression of dementia and the various diseases and conditions that can produce its symptoms. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the ways in which dementia can impact the brain and behavior.
August 11, 2022
“Dementia Versus Normal Aging”
Have you ever worried whether some of the memory challenges you or a loved one are experiencing are “normal?” Could they be a sign of something else? As we age, our brains and our bodies undergo changes. We may experience instances where we process information more slowly, or we may have trouble recalling names or dates; these can be examples of typical age-related changes. But what are the indicators that these changes may be due to something more serious such as mild cognitive impairment or dementia? When might it be time to visit the doctor for an evaluation? Hope Hospice’s dementia specialists discuss the above questions and more.
July 14, 2022
“Handling Grief and Loss”
No matter how thoroughly one has prepared for the inevitability of death, when the time comes it still can be a shock to the system. In this webinar, a local marriage and family therapist discusses the complexities of grief and loss, including anticipatory grief and ambiguous loss. Participants are provided with coping strategies to help them both during the final stages of life and after their loved one has passed.
June 9, 2022
“Self Care for the Caregiver”
The stress that family caregivers experience as their loved one declines can be staggering. The constant fluctuation of changing roles, uncertainty about the future, and fatigue may ultimately result in compromised health and family dysfunction. This webinar focuses on understanding the causes of stress, strategies for coping, and the importance of seeking support and utilizing resources.
May 12, 2022
“Facing End-of-Life Issues: Palliative Care & Hospice”
End-of-life care refers to both the medical care and the emotional support that patients and families receive when death is imminent. While the dying process can vary greatly from individual to individual, in this webinar Hope Hospice clinical staff will share general information about what to expect in the final days of life, transitioning to palliative (comfort) care, selecting hospice services, and making funeral arrangements.
April 14, 2022
“Living With Dementia: New Diagnosis and Next Steps”
Hearing a doctor confirm that the memory issues you (or a loved one) have been experiencing are, in fact, early symptoms of dementia would understandably be cause for concern. While it may only be natural to think about the worst-case scenario, receiving a dementia diagnosis early on is actually a good thing—it gives you and your family more time to plan for the challenges that lie ahead. In this new Living with Dementia webinar, Hope Hospice’s dementia specialists, Gia Barsell and Debbie Emerson, will share resources and strategies to help individuals and families prepare for the inevitable changes that a dementia diagnosis will bring.
February 10, 2022
“Navigating the Healthcare Environment and Advocating for Your Loved One”
Understanding your rights and learning to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals are essential in advocating for your loved ones and yourself in a complex healthcare system. Webinar topics include tips for communicating effectively with healthcare professionals, handling hospitalizations, and understanding the discharge process and follow-up care.
January 20, 2022
“The ABCs of LTC: An Overview of Long-Term Care”
Hope Hospice’s Family Caregiver Education Series is sponsoring a presentation from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) and Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) of Alameda County. In this webinar, attendees will receive valuable information about long-term care, including:
April 8, 2021
“Understanding Advanced Illness”
At times, it seems as if what may have begun as a single medical diagnosis morphs into many, especially with the elderly patient. Hope Hospice clinical staff will provide information about the most prevalent co-existing medical conditions among the elderly and the importance of medication management. Guidance will also be provided in determining when it is appropriate for comfort care to be considered in place of curative care and aggressive treatments. Dr. Kuljeet Multani, one of Hope’s Associate Medical Directors, presents.
“Dementia Care in the COVID-19 Era”
September 16, 2020
Adjusting to and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for all of us, but for the person living with dementia and their care partners, it can be debilitating. In this interactive webinar, Hope Hospice’s dementia specialists will discuss the nature of dementia and how it impacts thinking and behavior, examine how this condition coupled with the necessary virus-prevention measures can further complicate the caregiving experience, and provide strategies that can help care partners cope with these challenges and focus on the well-being of their loved ones and themselves.
Gia Barsell, Hope Hospice Manager of Dementia Services
PAC Certified Dementia Trainer and Consultant
Debbie Emerson, Hope Hospice Community Health Educator
CARES® Dementia Specialist
“Caregiving in the COVID-19 Era”
August 13, 2020
As a result of the current global health crisis, those who are providing care to loved ones are now experiencing a dramatic shift in what it means to be a caregiver. This webinar acknowledges and explores the new challenges family members face in caring for aging and/or chronically ill loved ones in these uncertain times.
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