Please note that we are using a new check-in system for lunch and learn events. When you attend in person, you will be asked to swipe your UK ID card or check-in using your employee ID or username. 

2018 Lunch & Learn Series
Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care (Please note there was an error on the title of this on some previous communications. This is the correct title.)
Presented by Tracy Byrne, Master Best Friends Trainer, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods
March 22, 2018 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library, Gallery Room

Click here to register. (Please note when registering to select if you will attend in person or online via Zoom.)
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 Debra Gleason, UK Palliative Care
April 12, 2018 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library, Gallery Room

Click here to register. (Please note when registering to select if you will attend in person or online via Zoom.)
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. Debra 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 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library, Gallery Room

Click here to register. (Please note when registering to select if you will attend in person or online via Zoom.)
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

Time will be allowed for questions and answers. Please join us for this informative discussion. 

2018 Lunch & Learn Series--Past Events
When Is It Time to Consider Placement? 
Presented by Marie Smart, retired Family Care Specialist, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
January 18, 2018 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library, Gallery Room

Click here to watch the recording online. 
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
Feburary 15, 2018 from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
W.T. Young Library, Gallery Room

Click here to watch the recording online.
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. 

​Virtual Dementia Tour
Join us for this realistic sensory simulation event where you will experience firsthand the impact of the normal aging process combined with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. You will become better ware of the challenges that those living with dementia face every day. The next Virtual Dementia Tour will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Appointments are required and are available from 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Participants can expect to spend about 30 minutes at the simualtion. E-mail to schedule an appointment. Space is limited, so make your reservation early. This is your only opportunity to participate in 2018, so don't miss it!  

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
Live Webinars (January - June 2018)
Educational Programs by Phone (January - June 2018) 
March 2018 Education Bulletin

16th Annual GAP (Grandparents as Parents) Conference
One of the most informative and exciting celebrations of grandparent and older relative caregiving in Kentucky and across the nation. Workshops, speakers, legal consultations, resources, exhibits, and more! All grandparents, relatives, kinship caregivers and professionals are invited to attend. 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike

Click here for flyer and registration form. 

Bluegrass Care Navigators - Effective Caregiving: A Workshop Series
Click here for flyer.

Learn how to care for yourself while taking care of a seriously ill loved one in this informative and engaging four-part series. Free and open to the public. 

i know expo
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The i know mission is to arm you with what you need to know to plan for the future. 

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

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.