Creating Partnerships to Provide the Saavy Caregiver Program

Shawnee Alliance in collaboration with SIU-Family Practice Memory Clinic, SIU-School of Social Work Dr. Elaine Jurkowski and the Carbondale Regional Alzheimer representative will be offering the Savvy Caregiver Program course starting in September 28th thru November 2nd.

To reach the persons we feel could benefit, the Memory Clinic will be reaching out to their patients and Shawnee Alliance will be reaching out to Family Caregiver clients we are aware of.

There are a few unique opportunities being offered:

  • The care receivers will either be in the Memory Clinic testing or being cared for by Dr. Jurkowski “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)” group.
  • The care givers will be in the “Savvy Caregiver” program.
  • All will be located in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale complex, with ADS in Carbondale also being approached to assist if unable to participate in the CST.
  • We will have telephonic access available as well as Care Coordinators from Shawnee Alliance will offer face to face in the home if necessary.

For more information about the program (or how to think about setting up a similar one in your community), please contact:

Marsha Nelson
Community Service Unit Director
Shawnee Alliance
Phone:  618-985-8322 or 618-956-9627

NIA/ACL/CDC Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Webinar Series for Professionals

Get up to speed on the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia, and learn what you need to know to inform, educate, and empower community members, people with dementia, and family caregivers. Presented by the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Free continuing education credit is available (CNE, CEU, and CECH)!

Webinar 1: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources You Can Use
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1:00-2:30pm Eastern Time
Noon-1:30 Central Time
11:00am-12:30pm Mountain Time
10:00-11:30am Pacific Time

To register: go to nih.webex.com, enter event # 628 629 619

This webinar will provide an update on Alzheimer’s and dementia issues and resources, including:

• What’s new with consumer, caregiver, and professional resources on dementia

• Helpful resources on areas of special interest:
o Veterans and their caregivers
o Financial exploitation
o Depression & dementia

• How the federal government is implementing the National Alzheimer’s Plan, including the overall direction of the plan and its 2017 changes

Presenters:
• Tanya Friese, DNP, RN, CNL USN (Ret.), Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Educational Coordinator, Road Home Program, Rush University Medical Center

• Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, Director, Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University

• Lisa McGuire, PhD, Lead, Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, CDC

• Mark Snowden, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

• Amy Wiatr-Rodriguez, MSW, Aging Services Program Specialist, ACL

CATCH-ON Online Educational Modules are Available!

CATCH-ON collaborators and partners, in consultation with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), older adults, family caregivers, and technical experts, developed online education modules for health and aging professionals and for lay learners that is person-centered and appropriate for a diverse older adult population.  The modules are free and you can receive 1 CE/CME/CNE. Our first set of basics modules cover the following topics, with versions for professionals, and for older adults/families:

  • Normal Aging
  • Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Evaluating Memory Concerns
  • Interprofessional Teams and Older Adults

Please visit CATCH-ON today to participate in our basics modules for professionals and for older adults and families.

Dementia Capable Training Webinar Available

The Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois Council of Care Coordination Units has developed a dementia capable training webinar for the aging network. The training is targeted to care coordinators, adult protective service workers, in-home service workers, aging and disability resource center staff, managed care organization staff and supportive living facility staff.  The information presented in the webinar may also be of value to family members who are caring for persons with dementia.

The webinar features experts from Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Southern Illinois School of Medicine, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Experts discuss various types of dementia, symptoms and treatments, communication skills, and how to best support persons with dementia and their caregivers. Practical tips on how to implement the knowledge and skills featured in the training are provided by representatives of various statewide associations across a continuum of settings.

The webcast can be viewed at the Illinois Department on Aging website Dementia Capable Training Webinar.

CATCH-ON Online Modules

 

The Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health – Older adult Network (CATCH-ON) is a HRSA funded program in the State of Illinois.  Its overarching mission of the CATCH-ON is to unify state-wide academic, health, and community organizations and resources to prepare a geriatric collaborative practice-ready health workforce optimizing health while, serving and improving patient-centered health and wellness outcomes.  CATCH-ON is developing training and education modules for older persons, their family members, and their health professionals.  For more information about CATCH-ON, please visit its website at www.catch-on.org.