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National Family Caregivers Month

In November, the USI Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), in partnership with Dementia-Friendly Petersburg and Dementia-Friendly Rockport, is honoring the care partners of people living with dementia.

Our workshops span across a variety of topics, including Healthy Eating, Storytelling and Community Resources. We hope you can join us to learn more about dementia and connect with community partners and other caregivers. All sessions will be recorded. 

  • Week 1: Dementia Overview – November 1-7
  • Week 2: Caregiver Health – November 8-14
  • Week 3: Advance Care Planning & Community Resources – November 15-19

Let's Talk about Dementia! The Care Partner's Perspective 

Week 1 - Dementia Overview

Monday, November 1, Noon CT
Welcome to National Family Caregivers Month!

Presenter: Lisa Fournier, USI

An overview of what is happening for National Family Caregivers month, including workshops and resources.

Recording - Click here!

Tuesday, November 2, Noon CT
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
Presenter: Alzheimer’s Association

This education program is designed for those who want to learn more about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and those who have noticed memory or thinking changes in themselves or others. This education program will help you recognize common signs of the disease in yourself and others and next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.


Thursday, November 4, Noon CT
What Should You Know Next?

Referrals & Resources
Presenter: Robin Arnold, Deaconess Health

Your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. Now what? Where do you go? Who helps? In this workshop, we will share with you the local resources in the Southwest Indiana region.


Friday, November 5, Noon CT
Creating Dementia Awareness

through Storytelling
Presenter: Ilfa Zhulamanova, USI

Learn how to work with your loved one to share their story in a creative, fun, and hands-on activity!


Friday, November 5, 2 p.m. CT
Alzheimer’s: The Caregiver's Perspective Discussion

Facilitator: Lisa Fournier, USI

We will look at a documentary and have an interactive discussion. From diagnosis to saying the long goodbye, caregivers share their diverse experiences of caring for loved ones in the world of dementia. Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss; it affects many generations and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Teepa Snow, Loretta Veney, Bob Schaefer and many more explain how they creatively navigate the frustrations, sorrows and complications of caring for a loved one who can no longer function safely on their own. This documentary is a production of the Community Idea Stations and WCVE PBS.


Saturday, November 6 – Sunday, November 7
Alzheimer’s: The Caregiver's Perspective
Discussion, continued on Facebook

After reviewing the documentary, Alzheimer’s: The Caregiver's Perspective Discussion, on Friday November 5, please join us to continue the discussion on our Facebook page.

Join us on Facebook

Week 2 - Caregiver Health

Monday, November 8, Noon CT
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Presenter: Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program. This program is designed to offer you research-based recommendations about taking care of our brains and our bodies to age as well as possible.


Tuesday, November 9, Noon CT
Be a Friend! Dementia Friends Indiana

Presenter: Linda Wright, SWIRCA

Dementia Friends help everyone in the community understand five key messages about dementia, how it affects people, and how we can make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease and their caregivers.

At the end of the session, we will give you many ideas to turn your understanding into action – to advance awareness and education of dementia, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and create community environments that are welcoming and conducive for those living with dementia.

Wednesday, November 10, Noon CT
Demonstration: Healthy Eating
for a Healthy Mind!

Presenter: Elizabeth Ramos, USI

This step-by-step food demonstration showcases healthy foods. You will be able to follow along at home as we discuss nutrition as a dementia risk reduction strategy!


Thursday, November 11, Noon CT
Happy Veteran’s Day!

The Importance of Taking a Break
from Caregiving

Presenter: Lisa Fournier, USI

Caregiving can be emotionally taxing for several reasons. It is essential to learn how to take a break (and not feel guilty about it). Join us to learn the why and how of caregiver breaks!


Thursday, November 11, 4 p.m. CT
Student Support Group at the Minka House
Host: Maddie Moore, USI GWEP Intern

Are you a student taking care of a loved on with dementia? Our support group meets monthly at the Minka. Join us to spend quality time together with other caregivers for support, encouragement and learning. Spread the word!

Friday, November 12, Noon CT
Exercise for Brain Health
Presenter: Stephanie Walden-Schwake, USI

Exercise provides many health benefits for everyone! Led by the Recreational Fitness & Wellness Center, learn why exercising is good for brain health and a few exercises!

Recording - Click here!

Saturday, November 13, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association's Family Conference

Free educational webinar on the latest advances in Alzheimer's research, common symptoms of dementia and medical and non-medical approaches to dementia-related behavior changes. Ends with a session that focuses on healthy living with bonus content: a healthy cooking demonstration and chair yoga.

Saturday, November 13 – Sunday, November 14
Brain Foods for Brain Health

Facilitator: Lisa Fournier, USI

Check out this UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center video on YouTube. Then, join in on a discussion and offer your thoughts on brain food for brain health!

Join us on Facebook

Week 3 - Advance Care Planning & Community Resources

Monday, November 15, 10 a.m. CT
PREPARE for Your Care

Facilitator: Kevin Valadares

PREPARE is an advance care plan website that helps people make medical decisions for themselves and others. PREPARE uses five steps to help people create a plan: choose a medical decision maker, decide what matters most in life, choose flexibility for your decision maker, tell others about your wishes, and ask doctors the right questions.


Tuesday, November 16, 7:30 a.m. CT
Why Early Diagnosis is Important

Presenter: Dr. Bill Smith, Deaconess Health Provider

Learn from a Deaconess provider the importance of early diagnosis. An early diagnosis helps everyone to plan for quality of life living. In addition, oftentimes, it is not dementia, but something else exhibiting similar symptoms. Seeing your doctor early helps to know the facts.


Tuesday, November 16, Noon CT
Advance Care Planning & Dementia

Presenter: Amanda Overby, Amedisys

Advance care planning is important to consider for everyone. Learn the importance of quality of life for all of life's stages.


Wednesday, November 17, 11 a.m. CT
Respecting Choices

Presenter: Kevin Valadares, USI

Learn about the skills needed to facilitate foundational Advance Care Planning conversations with individuals who are healthy or have early chronic illness.


Thursday, November 18, 11 a.m. CT
Community Resources

Presenters: Community Organizations

Join us to hear from several community organizations on the dementia resources that are available in southwest Indiana.


Thursday, November 18, Noon CT
Dementia Live @ the Minka (limit 5)
Facilitator: Maggie McNeely, GWEP Intern

Dementia Live offers a unique inside-out understanding of dementia and aging for direct care workers as well as family caregivers. This innovative program will enlighten you with a heightened awareness of the challenges faced by those who live with dementia. This experience takes about 30 minutes. It is offered at no charge to participants by the USI GWEP program.

Friday, November 19
Caregivers Month Wrap-Up

Summary of the workshops and how to stay in touch!

Recording - Click here!

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