Managing Dementia Care: A Panel Discussion for Family Caregivers

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A panel of experts offer practical information to family members who are caring for loved ones with dementia.

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Institute on Aging, On Lok, Alzheimer’s Association, and UCSF Memory & Aging Center present Managing Dementia Care: A Virtual Panel Discussion, sponsored by AARP.

This online event is created for caregivers of those living with dementia. Participants will hear a panel of experts deliver practical information about dementia care, followed by a moderated Q&A. Topics will include: understanding and responding to behaviors in dementia; learning what a geriatrician can offer to persons living with dementia and to their caregiver(s); taking care of yourself as a caregiver; and listening to the testimony of a family caregiver.

Cost: Free, but we welcome donations. If you wish to donate, skip the free ticket section, enter an amount at "Donation Ticket," and pay what you wish. IOA thanks you!

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

How: Zoom log in information will be sent to each registered participant, a few days prior to the event. On the day of the event, please log on before 10:45AM PST to expedite the sign-in process prior to 11:00AM PST.

Panel of Experts:

Dr. Teresa Pham, Associate Medical Director at On Lok PACE in the San Francisco region will speak to what a geriatrician or a primary care physician can offer to those living with dementia and to their caregivers.

Sarah Dulaney, RN, MS, CNS, Nurse Coordinator, Care Ecosystem Study, UCSF Memory and Aging Center and Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW, Family Services Manager, Alzheimer's Association will: introduce the concept of behaviors as a symptom of dementia; provide an overview of the DICE model for understanding and responding to behaviors in dementia; describe a case study in which person with dementia is aggressively resistant to help with bathing and incontinence care; and discuss strategies to address aggression and resistance to care.

Samara Miller, MFT, Regional Director of Client Services, Home Care & Support Services, Institute on Aging will review self-care practices for caregivers which will include: stress reduction techniques; attending to one's own healthcare needs; and management of a caregiver’s physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Lee Giannone will provide testimony about his experience of caring for his wife who is living with dementia. He will address challenges, talk about what he wished he’d known at the start of the diagnosis, and will share advice for other caregivers.

Alison Moritz, Program Director, Institute on Aging Enrichment Center at the Presidio will moderate the virtual panel.

SPECIAL NOTE: Within 48 hours before the program begins, each participant will be emailed a special Zoom link. This link will be the entryway into the program on November 10th.

There will be no Continuing Education Units for this program, as it is designed with family caregivers in mind.

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