UK Elder Care presents two types of events, the Lunch & Learn Series and the Caregiver Support Group. For more information about either of these, contact Terri Weber, Elder Care Coordinator, at terri.weber@uky.edu or 859-323-4600. Click here for a flyer listing the 2016 Spring Events. Click here to register.

About the Lunch & Learn Series

Whether you are caring for parents, in-laws, or other loved ones or just want more information for yourself, the Lunch & Learn Series is the perfect opportunity to learn about important elder care topics. Click here to register for the events listed below.

 

Don't Blame It on Aging
Wednesday, February 24 -- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library Gallery Room
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Dr. Nancy Stiles from the UK Geriatric Clinic is one of the few board-certified, fellowship-trained geriatricians practicing in Kentucky. Hear from Dr. Stiles as she talks about the aging process, functional decline and monitoring of your overall health. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome.

VA Benefits: Aid & Attendance
Tuesday, March 8 -- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library Gallery Room

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Lee Gordley, Veterans Benefits Field Representative from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, will discuss the largely unknown Aid & Attendance Program. This program is a pension benefit and not dependent on service related injuries and is often overlooked by many families who need additional funds to help offset the cost of their older loved ones. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome.

Letting Go of the Reins
Thursday, April 7 -- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library Gallery Room

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Marie Smart, Family Care Specialist at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, will talk about helicopter children, those who hover over their parents not allowing them to do what they are still able to do. Keeping a close eye on aging loved ones is natural and necessary, but hovering too closely can cause problems too. Learn how to strike a balance between caring and overbearing. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome.

Getting Our Finances in Order as We Age
Thursday, May 19 -- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library Gallery Room

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Todd Macaulay, UK Financial Well-Being Officer, will be with us to discuss ways to get financially prepared as we age. Being well organized about our finances is a good idea at all times but even more so as we age. Todd will discuss the differences we now face in our planning and how we can best accommodate our future financial needs. He will cover all the things we need to know to ensure that we are ready to best enter this stage of life -- from structured savings to money under the mattress; financing in-home care vs. assisted living; private pay vs. government entitlement. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome.  


 
About the Caregiver Support Group

This is a support group for UK employees who are taking care of parents, in-laws, and other adults in their family. The group provides a supportive atmosphere for caregivers, provides an opportunity for members to help each other through sharing of information and stories, and is a way to learn about resources and other information that pertains to a specific problem or issue. Click here to register for the events listed below.

 

Is It Groundhog Day? Another Day in the Life of a Caregiver
Wednesday, February 17 -- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library Keeneland Room

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Hear from Terri Weber, UK Elder Care Coordinator, as she suggests ideas and strategies to get out of a caregiving rut. Routine is an effective way to care for loved ones with dementia and other health issues. Unfortunately, too much repetition can leave a caregiver feeling like Bill Murray's character in the movie Groundhog Day. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome.

What is the Right Choice for Your Loved One: Home Care, Adult Day Care or Placement?
Thursday, March 24 -- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library Keeneland Room

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Tonya Cox, Executive Director of the Homeplace at Midway, will be with us to discuss the differences between community supported home care and placement. The Homeplace at Midway is Kentucky's first Green House Residence, which is designed to make a residence look and feel just like home, complete with all the comforts home provides. Please feel free to "brown bag it" and don't forget that friends and colleagues are always welcome.  


5 Reasons to Join the UK Elder Care Support Group

  1. We provide a sense of connection. Meeting and talking with others who understand your feelings and concerns can help ward off feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression.
  2. You can exchange ideas and learn about available resources.
  3. Establish friendships based on common grounds and interests.
  4. Develop coping strategies to use when caregiving gets challenging.
  5. Learn about the importance of good self-care and tips to attain it.

Other Elder Care Events


Visual Arts Activities for Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers
Researchers with the UK School of Art and Visual Studies are conducting a study on the impact of visual arts activities on the well-being of individuals with dementia and their caregivers. “The purpose of the study is to examine the impact of different types of mentally stimulating and enriching visual arts activities on quality of life for both individuals with dementia as well as their caregivers.”  The study group will meet once a week for eight weeks and each session will last approximately 1 ½ hours. The study will take place at the newly renovated School of Arts and Visual Studies Building – 236 Bolivar Street. Handicap accessible parking will be available.For more information on this study please see this brochure and/or contact Dr. Allen Richards (859) 361-1483 or Ann Christianson-Tietyen (859) 312-4553.