Fall 2018 Elder Care Lunch & Learn Series

The Myths About Hospice Care
Presented by Laura Dake, Community Partnership Liaison, Bluegrass Care Navigators

Hospice services are still a mystery to many of us despite the numerous services and advantages it offers to not only those who are near the end of life but also to the families they leave behind. Laura Dake, Community Partnership Liaison with Bluegrass Care Navigators, will be with us to debunk some of the many negative myths that you may hear about hospice, such as “hospice means you give up,” “hospice is a place” or “hospice means the patient no longer has a say in their care.” In addition, Laura will discuss the variety of services Bluegrass Care Navigators offers including helping families with caregiving responsibilities, respite to those with a loved one in hospice care, offering emotional and practical support, and, of course, grief counseling. Services that we and our families will all need at some point in time. 

2018 brochure

9 Things to Know About Hospice

Myths about hospice presentation

October 17, 2018 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. 
W.T. Young Library, Keeneland Room or online via Zoom https://uky.zoom.us/j/589477440
Register here

Lunch & Learn Series--PAST EVENTS

ABCs of Medicaid & Medicare Savings Programs for Seniors

Presented by Lee Guice, Director of Policy and Operations, and Shirley Hughes, Internal Policy Analyst, Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services

 September 6, 2018

Lee and Shirley discuss the basics of Kentucky Medicaid and Medicare Savings Programs. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for our eligible older loved ones who have limited income and resources. It also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, i.e. long-term care in a skilled care facility and personal care services. The Medicare Savings Programs – QMB, SLMB or QI – can help pay for your older loved one’s Medicare Part B premium and can offer additional assistance. Lee and Shirley will help navigate us through the Kentucky Medicaid system. They discuss eligibility, how to apply and what benefits are available.

When Is It Time to Consider Placement?

Presented by Marie Smart, retired Family Care Specialist, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

 January 18, 2018

The decision on if, or when, to move your loved one into a care facility will be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make as a caregiver. Caring for someone with dementia or any other debilitating progressive physical illness can be a daily struggle. Sometimes the best decision for the health, safety, and happiness of all is to place your loved one into a care facility. Caregivers often promise themselves and their loved one that this decision will never be made. But a promise like that, even though made with the best intentions, is based on unforseeable and unpredictable events. How do you know when it is time to consider placement? How do you cope with the stress and guilt that accompanies this decision? Please join us to learn about taking that next step.

The MIND Diet: Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer's

Presented by Karen Bryla McNees, ED.D, R.D., UK Health & Wellness

 February 15, 2018

Until there is a cure, the MIND Diet - which is short for the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay - is a hybrid of two balanced, heart-healthy diets that have been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and the decline in brain health that often occurs as people get older. For those of us who have/had a family member diagnosed with dementia, this is just another way for us to help prevent or at least delay the onset of dementia for ourselves.

Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care
Presented by Tracy Byrne, Master Best Friends Trainer, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods
March 22, 2018

Click here to watch the recording online. 
The Best Friend's Approach is a care philosophy that enhances the life of our loved one living with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia. It teaches us to accept our loved one unconditionally, no matter what the behavior and helps us stay connected to him/her as the disease progresses. Tracy will share with us what the approach is all about and how we can incorporate it into our day-to-day interactions with our loved one. 

Importance of Advance Directives
Presented by Abbie Latimer, LCSW, UK HealthCare
April 12, 2018 

Click here to watch the recording online. A PDF copy of the presentation and handout is available here
Additional info: Five Wishes (Aging with Dignity) and The Conversation Project

When it comes to serious illness care, one conversation can make all the difference. Ninety percent of people say that talking with their loved ones about serious illness care and advanced directives is important. Having conversations on values, what matters to you, not what is the matter with you can make it easier for family to make decisions when the time comes. Abbie will talk about how to have the conversation and taking the next steps to complete an advanced directive, which will make sure wishes are respected and clearly stated. 

UK Retiree Health Benefits 101
Presented by Terri Kanatzar and Hannah Farmer, Retirement Officers, UK Human Resources Benefits
April 25, 2018 

Click here to watch the recording online. A PDF copy of the presentation is available here
Terri Kanatzar and Hannah Farmer, Retirement Officers with UK Human Resources Benefits, will review the retirement process for employees eligible to retire from UK including: 

  • Administrative Regulations with Early Retirement and Normal Retirement
  • Current Retiree Health Benefits
  • Phased Retirement
  • Working Retiree Benefits
  • Payouts and other Resources/Benefits 


2018 UK Senior Resource Fair 
Mark your calendar for November 30, 2018. We are excited to announce that nationally recognized Alzheimer's and dementia care expert, Teepa Snow, will be the featured speaker at this event. This event is open to UK employees, retirees, students, and the Lexington community and is an opportunity for you to meet with a variety of community agencies that provide valuable caregiving resources. 

Community Events

Alzheimer's Support Group
Last Thursday of each month
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Beaumont Centre Public Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way, Lexington, KY 40513
RSVP to (859) 421-9687. 

Alzheimer's Association of Central Kentucky & Eastern Kentucky
Community Resource Finder (find programs in and around the Central Kentucky area)

Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group
Learn more about events hosted by this support group. 

UK Research - Rural Intervention for Caregivers' Heart Health (RICHH)
Click here for flyer.

Nursing researchers from the UK College of Nursing are conducting a study to help decrease the reisk of heart disease among rural caregivers of people with a chronic illness. Healthy-heart lifestyle training may be delivered via videoconferencing sessions. Health and fitness data are obtained at baseline and at two other times during the one year study. All points of contact with research staff can occur at a time/place of your convenience, including your home. For more information, please contact Theresa Back at (859) 323-6656 or (800) 896-8066 or e-mail tback2@email.uky.edu

Woodford County Caregiver Meetings
2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Daisy Hill Senior Living in Versailles
2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at The Homeplace in Midway
Click here for more info.