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presentations by Karen Dworski, ElderPath Consultant and social worker specializing in geriatrics and dementia care. 


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THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE MARITAL RELATIONSHIP WHEN A SPOUSE HAS DEMENTIA (NEUROCOGNITIVE DISORDER)
*Improve understanding of the emotional challenges of caring for a spouse with dementia
*How to maintain a positive relationship as roles change
*How to find a balance between your own needs and care giving
*Changes in roles and responsibilities
*Loneliness of the loss of normal companionship
*Feeling like you have lost your spouse while he/she is still here

Join us for this free presentation by Karen Dworski, LCSW, at Brookdale Buckingha on Tuesday, May 15th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 1824 Manchester Rd, Glastonbury, CT.  RSVP 860-647-1695 or at suzanne.sorensen@brookdale.com


PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
ElderPath LLC Consultation and Mediation
Karen Dworski, LCSW, ElderPath Consultant
karen.dworski@elderpath.net
www.elderpath.net
860-652-8809

Karen Dworski, LCSW, is available to your company or organization to present the following topics related to memory loss and dementia (Neurocognitive Disorders) as well as aging issues. She can also design a workshop or program specific to your company or organization's needs.
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IS IT ALZHEIMER’S? What you need to know about Memory Changes
What are normal memory changes and what is a problem
early warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
definition of dementia /Neurocognitive Disorder
Diagnosis and Treatment of a Dementia/Neurocognitive Disorder
Support for the Caregiver

SUCCESSFUL RESPONSES TO DIFFICULT BEHAVIORS
what challenging behaviors mean
what to do and not do in response to difficult behaviors
what helps to keep the calm
supports and services that make a difference


KEEPING THE MIND ALIVE: Mental Stimulation in the Older Years 
effective brain exercises and enjoyable activity
building up a cognitive reserve - lifelong learning
The importance of social connections
postponing and possibly preventing a dementia


EASE INTO AGING: Mood and Memory
the relationship between memory loss and anxiety or depression
strategies for improving mood
treatment for memory loss

YOUNGER ONSET MEMORY LOSS It can be scary when you can't remember something or you witness memory changes in someone you love. What many people don't realize is that memory loss can occur in people in their 40's and 50's
What to look for in identifying early onset cognitive changes
What are the action steps to to take


SELF CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER  
learn about how to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia. 
We will discuss the supports, services, and funding available as well as how to self assess your own stress level. 
This interactive presentation includes a question and answer period.

HOW TO HAVE LESS STRESS ON YOUR NEXT VACATION WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE HAS DEMENTIA
Planning Ahead
Good Strategies
Distance Travel - yes/no and how to test
Safety Planning for Traveling
What You Need to Know about Air Travel
Assisted Vacations

WHEN DID I BECOME MY PARENT'S PARENT? 
Better understand the emotional challenges of caring for a parent with a Neurocognitive Disorder (dementia)
How to maintain a positive relationship as roles change
How to find a balance between your own needs and caregiving

COMPLICATED CAREGIVING - how a relationship of domestic abuse affects the ability to be a dementia caregiver for an abuser
Recognizing a past pattern of marital abuse
Identifying the unique challenges this history brings to caregiving
How to support the caregiver and the recipient of care

STAGES OF ALZHEIMER'S: what you need to know to care for your loved one through the progression
An overview of the stages and what to expect going forward
What are the supports and services needed at each stage
How to cope emotionally with “the long goodbye”

HAVING THE END OF LIFE CARE TALK: Hospice, Palliative, Comfort Care
Discussion of Hospice, Palliative Care, Comfort Care
Which type of care is best for your loved one and your family
How to access the care you choose
Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia
Many people with dementia experience hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. Understanding the difference between these can be helpful.
what are helpful and non helpful responses?
what is an emergency?
what is the cause?


THINK LIKE A GERIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER ABOUT SENIOR MEDICATION: 
Drugs that may cause memory loss
How to talk with your prescriber
Medication management in the home

DENIAL IS NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT!
One of the most difficult challenges for a caregiver is looking at the person they’ve known for many years and accepting how Alzheimer’s or another dementia has changed them. This presentation will address the caregiver’s journey in moving away from denial and toward acceptance, gaining a better understanding of their loved one’s needs in order to create a plan of care that really works.

DRIVING - Having “The Talk” with a Loved One
Addressing driving concerns with a spouse or a parent.
What are the signs driving problems, how to monitor them, tips, role reversal.
How to address theneed for them to stop driving before it’s too late.
Not being the “bad guy, and it’s o.k. to be the back seat driver.
Supporting the emotional toll and depression of the loved one who is no longer able to drive.

THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE MARITAL RELATIONSHIP WHEN A SPOUSE HAS A DEMENTIA (NEUROCOGNITIVE DISORDER)
Changes in roles and responsibilities
Intimacy
Expectations
Loneliness over the loss of normal companionship
You feel like you have lost them and they are still here


SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE OLDER YEARS - What You Need to Know About Stress
 What is stress and why is it important?
What are the signs of too much stress?
How does aging affect stress?
What are the keys to stress management?
When to seek help and who to turn to

MAKING A MOVE TO ASSISTED LIVING 
Signs that a move is needed 
Making a successful transition

CAREGIVER TIPS ON KEEPING THE JOY IN THE HOLIDAYS
I will give tips on strategies that make the holidays go smoother when you're caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia. This interactive presentation includes a question and answer period.

PREPARING FOR WEATHER AND OTHER EMERGENCIES AS A CAREGIVER OF A LOVED ONE WITH MEMORY LOSS
Pre-planning for leaving the home quickly
Building a neighborhood and family emergency support team
What to bring, what to leave
Planning for beloved pets

BEATING THE WINTER BLUES
 how to keep spirits up in the winter while caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia. 
 how to cope with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), cabin fever, and strategies to cope with winter weather emergencies. 
 includes a question and answer period.

HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP:: What you need to know about Sleep Hygiene
sleep changes in the older years
sleep hygiene
the relationship between sleep and memory changes
sleep disorders and how to treat them