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The most recent Town Hall Forum, “Dementia Dialogues: A Panel Discussion with Specialized Geriatric Physicians,” provided useful information and resources for family caregivers.

Our panelists and moderator covered a multitude of topics. Here are a few resources that were discussed.

Dr. Teja Singh, Board-Certified Geriatrician, referenced the Beers Criteria List; a list of medications that are potentially inappropriate for older adults. Should your loved one’s medication appear on this list, you may want to discuss with their primary physician.

Also, discussed were the stages of Alzheimer’s. A helpful list from Alzheimer’s San Diego can be found here:  Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s disease to better understand the stages.

Families with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia find the topic of driving a challenging one to tackle. The DMV provides useful guides for your reference:

DMV Senior Driving Page

DMV Senior Guide for Safe Driving

In addition, the Auto Club (AAA) has a website dedicated to safe senior driving: AAA Senior Driving Safety

If you live in San Diego County, it is highly recommended to register your loved one in the Take Me Home program. It’s easy to do and could save a life.

To learn about the next Town Hall Forum, please sign up for emails here.

Dementia Dialogues: A Panel Discussion with Specialized Geriatric Physicians

This free seminar for family caregivers will provide a practical and honest discussion on the dementia diagnosis, understanding behaviors, disease progression, caregiving and treatment.

Experts in the field of geriatric medicine and dementia care will discuss many topics on the minds of those caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Panelists:

Teja Singh, MDBoard Certified Geriatrician
Jason Keri, MDBoard Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist

Moderator: Todd Shetter – ActivCare Living COO

To learn more, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or click here for a flyer.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
8: 30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am, presentations begin at 9 am

Chula Vista Golf Course
4475 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

Practical Advice to Address Behaviors
Related to Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

At this free seminar, family caregivers will learn practical advice. Prepare for the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease. Garner tips about how to address behaviors. Learn how to assemble a team to support and guide your caregiving journey. Understand when to seek more help.

Speakers:
Alvin Chang, MD – Geriatrician
Todd Shetter – COO, ActivCare Living

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
8:30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 am

Black Gold Golf Course
1 Black Gold Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

For more information, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or download a flyer here.

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Making Each Day Count

At this free seminar, you will learn practical advice and guidance for your caregiver journey. Garner information about validation therapy and the effectiveness of redirection when caring for someone with dementia. Understand how to cope with guilt. Learn about the warning signs of caregiver burnout and how to care for yourself.

Speakers:
Dan Sewell, MD – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSD
Todd Shetter – COO, ActivCare Living

Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 am

Holiday Inn Carlsbad
2725 Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009

For more information, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or download a flyer here.

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

Thank you for attending the July 25 Town Hall Forum entitled, “The Alzheimer’s Caregiving Journey: Practical Advice from Medical Experts.” We hope you found useful information and resources. We wanted to forward the presentations and some other links to you.

 

Dr. Alvin Chang provided an overview of how to meet the overall health needs of those with dementia. He discussed the importance of nutrition and hydration and maintaining equilibrium. Just like exercising muscle cells, Dr. Chang reviewed how physical and social activities can stimulate brain function. He discussed the role of healthcare professionals and recommended building a team to help care for your loved one. You can view his entire presentation by clicking on the link below.

Practical Advice From a Geriatrician – Alvin Chang, M.D

 

Dr. Christine Sargenti spoke about the role of the pharmacist in caring for those with dementia. She stated the importance of medication safety and gave several examples from the Beers Criteria.  You can view her entire presentation by clicking on the link below.

The Role of a Pharmacist – Christine Sargenti, Pharm. D.

Here is a link to the Beers Criteria List of Medications that older adults should avoid or use with caution that was referenced in Dr. Sargenti’s presentation.

 

A question was raised about safe driving and dementia. The Automobile Club has an entire website devoted to Senior Driving Safety.

 

We are thankful to our community partners who also provide resources for family caregivers. Should you need additional resources, you can access them online.

Alzheimer’s Orange County

Ron’s Pharmacy – A Guardian Pharmacy

 

Other Resources

Our website has presentations from previous Town Hall Forums that also might be helpful during your caregiving journey. You can access previous Town Hall Forum presentations here:

Previous Town Hall Forum Presentations

 

You can access other helpful resources here:

Tips & Resources

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact an ActivCare community near you or call 888-636-5677 for a directory.

Town Hall Forum

The Alzheimer’s Caregiving Journey: Practical Advice from Medical Experts

At this free seminar, you will learn practical advice and guidance for your caregiver journey.

Learn how nutrition and exercise can meet the overall health needs of your loved one diagnosed with dementia. In addition, discover the role that a pharmacist plays in your overall healthcare team. Garner tips for safe storage and administration of medications.

Speakers:

Alvin Chang, MD – Geriatrician

Christine Sargenti, Pharm. D. – Pharmacist

 

To learn more, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or click here for a flyer.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

8:30 am to 11 am

Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am, presentations begin at 9 am

 

Black Gold Golf Course

1 Black Gold Drive

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Make your reservation online at activcareliving.com or use this link.

The Town Hall Forum on May 17 entitled, “Alzheimer’s Caregiver Journey: Practical Advice for a Progressive Disease,” was a great success.

Dr. Sewell provided an overview of the disease and different stages. He discussed how changes in behavior can signal changes in the disease’s progression. Most importantly, he emphasized the importance of caregiver health and keeping themselves in top form.

Defining the Disease – Dan Sewell, MD 

 

With thirty years of experience helping families, Todd shared his unique perspective and provided some lessons learned. He cautioned against delaying decisions because of denial.

Lessons Learned – Todd Shetter

Both Dr. Sewell and Todd Shetter emphasized the importance of self-care for caregivers. Sometimes it is not easy to think of oneself first. Click this link to find some helpful tips.

 

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The presentations from the recent Town Hall Forum entitled, Setting a Course for Your Alzheimer’s Caregiving Journey, are now available online.

Dr. Teja Singh spoke about Dementia Support, which included definitions of terms relating to impairments and what to expect at each stage. You can view his entire presentation by clicking on the the link below.

Dementia Support – Teja Singh, MD

Here is a link to the Beers List of Medications that older adults should avoid or use with caution that was referenced in Dr. Singh’s presentation.

Dawn DeStefani had some practical advice for caregivers for establishing routines, helpful tools of the trade and engaging communication.

Practical Advice for Caregivers – Dawn DeStefani

 

Don’t miss the next Town Hall Forum scheduled for May 17. Want to get an email reminder? Sign up here.

The Alzheimer’s Association has published their latest Facts & Figures report. Did you know…

  • Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s. This is quicker than last year’s stat of every 66 seconds.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with the disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the nation.
  • 5.7 Million Americans are living with the disease.

Click here to learn more: 2018-alzheimers-facts-and-figures-infographic

Setting a Course for your Alzheimer’s Caregiving Journey

At this informative seminar, you will learn practical tips and recommendations from medical and industry experts in the field of Alzheimer’s Care and Support to help guide your caregiver journey. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Learn about the priorities following a dementia diagnosis: Safety, Medication Regimen, Nutrition and Exercise
  • Be prepared and plan for the ultimate changes in behavior and ambulation as the disease progresses
  • Garner tips for setting up care support and a reliable care team to assist
  • Plan your day: Understand the importance of engagement, stimulation, activities, and routine for those with memory loss
  • Learn how to prepare realistic schedules, setting priorities and recognizing risks
  • Discover why it’s important to ask for help and take care of yourself

You will also be able to gather free information and learn about resources that are available for meeting your caregiving needs.

Speakers:

Teja Singh, MD Board Certified Geriatrician
Dawn DeStefani, BSWActivCare Executive Director

To learn more, or call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677).

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018
8:30 am to 11 am
Complimentary Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am

 

Maranatha Chapel – Fellowship Hall
10752 Coastwood Rd
San Diego, CA 92127

This event is free, but reservations are required. Please make your reservation online.

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