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Caregiver Training Videos

"No, I'm Not Okay. I'm Losing My Brain!"

Posted on March 2, 2015

Help mom has dementia! When you’re caring for someone whose memory is not what it used to be, it can be challenging and overwhelming, making you want to call out for help. This informational session explains what a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is going through. You’ll learn how to reduce frustration by learning “the language” of Alzheimer’s and you’ll help the person you’re caring for preserve independence through simple, meaningful activities.

 

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2009 Spirituality and Aging Conference

Posted on March 2, 2015

The 2009 Spirituality and Aging Conference is designed for social workers, pastoral care providers, lay ministers, healthcare providers and family caregivers. The topics are: Basics of Dementia: Anger, Loss and Grief of Caregiving; The Silent Partner: Family Caregivers; Finding Meaning in Caregiving; and the 10 Commandments of Caregiving. Attendees who know first-hand what it is like to accompanying someone they love as they experience a fading of memory will value this special conference.

 

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A Discussion on Alzheimer's Research

Presenter:  Dr. George Perry, PhD

It's not often that we get to sit down with someone who is actually conducting Alzheimer's research. We were privileged to have an opportunity to sit down with Dr. George Perry, UTSA Dean of College of Sciences and Professor of Biology, Semmes Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neurobiology and talk about the Alzheimer's research he is doing. 

These are just a few of the questions he answered during our interview: 

  • Do we know what causes Alzheimer's disease?
  • What are the correlations between diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices play who is a potential to develop Alzheimer's?
  • What is the possibility of finding a vaccine for Alzheimer's disease?
  • What affects do the current medications have on the disease? 
  • What kind of research is currently being done at UTSA?
  • What is the process of approval for a drug?
  • Why do you think early detection of Alzheimer's is critical?
  • What screening tools are used to detect Alzheimer's disease?
  • Do you see progress being done to reverse Alzheimer's disease?

 

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A Discussion on Various Forms of Dementia

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Dementia

Dementia takes various forms in patients, and each form has different psychological patterns of loss, hallmark features, diagnosis, and treatments. In this video, Dr. Jason Schillerstrom explains the differences in dementia syndromes, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia.

 Presenter: Dr. Jason Schillerstrom

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A Journey to Forgiveness

Posted on June 9, 2015
Topics:

Serving as a prayer for caregivers, in this video Kay Gerfers explores the value of forgiveness when it comes to caring for someone who has caused us hurt or pain. She reminds us that forgiving is not a one-time task, but something that must be done over and over again throughout our lives. She recounts her relationship in caring for and forgiving her own father to help viewers apply forgiveness in their personal situations.

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A Spiritual Message and Prayer for Caregivers

Posted on June 9, 2015

Presenter:  Fr. Jimmy Drennan
Fr. Drennan reflects on the value and importance of providing health and health care to those we love. Through prayer, he expresses sincere gratitude for those who have answered the vocation to serve as doctor, nurse, aide, orderly, volunteer, and caregiver. 

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ACE Units (Acute Care for Elders) A Better Hospital Stay for the Elderly

Posted on March 2, 2015

Acure Care for Elders Units, known as ACE units, are uniquely designed to meet the specific needs of older adults with trained staff and special floors, lighting and furniture. These factors dramatically improve health outcomes and decrease hospital-related complications for our older adults. In this video, Dr. Parker and Dr. Suh, both geriatricians, present what to expect when loved ones are admitted to ACE Units, the advantages of ACE Units, and the importance of ACE units in meeting the needs of this special population. 

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using a Jewelry Box

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using a simple jewelry box. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using a Pocketbook

Posted on March 16, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using a pocketbook. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using a Shoe Shine Box

Posted on March 16, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using a shoe shine box. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using a Tool Box

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using a tool box. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Breathing Pets

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using animated stuffed animals or "Breathing Pets." This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

From one of our viewers: 
Thought I would pass on that I just gave my mom a "breathing" dog for her birthday.  She absolutley loves it!! And it seems to be a hit with some of the other patients where she lives. So glad for the suggestion.  Was not sure how she would react, as her dementia is not severe...she is aware that it is not "real", but she is delighted by it!  I hope others will enjoy a pet as well!

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Coupons

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age-appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a purposeful activity by offering coupons for clipping. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Dolls

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using dolls. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Feather Dusters

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age-appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using feather dusters. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Paint Swatches or Paint Chips

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age-appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age-appropriate activity using paint chips or swatches from a hardware store. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using PVC Pipe

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age-appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using PVC Pipe. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Silverware

Posted on March 15, 2016

Coming up with age-appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age-appropriate activity using silverware. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Activities for Someone with Dementia Using Tupperware

Posted on March 16, 2016

Coming up with age appropriate activities that give dementia patients purpose and meaning is difficult. This video offers a simple age appropriate activity using Tupperware. This is a great activity for family caregivers who are caring for someone at home, activity directors in assisted living facilities, or anyone caring for someone with dementia.

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Adaptive Clothing for Seniors

Presenter:  Elizabeth Woods, RN

Simple tasks such as dressing and undressing can sometimes be an issue when caring for the elderly. And no one wants to spend their time in institutional clothing such a hospital gown, but for those with physical limitations this can be the easier option. Adaptive clothing can help. Learn more about the many benefits of adaptive clothing for seniors who are living with physical limitations, those who are uncomfortable being touched or moved and the caregivers.

This video includes:

  • Benefits of adaptive clothing for both the caregiver and the care-receiver.
  • Examples: Tops, Pants and Shoes, and Wheelchair Options.
  • Where can adaptive clothing be purchased?
  • How to modify regular clothing into adaptive clothing.

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Adult Immunizations and Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Posted on March 2, 2015

Older adults become more susceptible to serious diseases as they age. Based on this, immunizations are an important consideration for older adults and their caregivers. Some adults have never been vaccinated for vaccine preventable diseases, or if they have, the immunizations have faded over the years. Some vaccines were simply not available in the past. In this video, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department gives seniors and caregivers information about adult immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases.

 

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Advance Care Planning: Advanced Directives

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

Advance care planning is one way to see that your medical and non-medical wishes are followed in case of a life-threatening or terminal disease. Advance care planning is a gift to your family. In this video, Dr. Klugman provides an overview of advance directives including directives to physicians and family members, medical powers of attorney, out-of-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders, and directives for mental health treatment. Additionally, Dr. Klugman provides information about ethical wills, organ and body donation choices, a letter to family and friends, funeral arrangements and a last will and testament. 

 

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Advanced Directives - One Family's Story

Posted on December 1, 2013
Topics: Caregiver Info

This video explores one family’s interaction as they figure out life support and end- of-life decisions regarding a loved one. The family is torn apart become no one knew what the patient wanted. The video explains how advance directives can eliminate this pain and confusion, as a “gift to your family.” The presenter states that the time to establish advance directives is when you are healthy and competent, not when you are being wheeled into the ER. 

 

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Aging with Ease: Understanding Assistive Devices

Posted on March 2, 2015

As people age, mobility becomes a concern. This video provides an overview of assistive devices so seniors and their caregivers can use them with greater confidence. Types of devices, gait belts, adjustments, and safety during transfer are addressed, along with corrections for many of the common mistakes people make when using assistive devices. 

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Aging... It's About the Encore

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

Oftentimes, in the process of aging, encouragement is needed to feel our best. In this inspirational video, seniors share their favorite things about aging, including the freedom to volunteer, make choices, and be happy about those choices. 

 

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All About Strokes

Posted on March 2, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Lyssa Ochoa
Strokes affect almost 800,000 people every year, but the good news is that 80% of strokes can be prevented. In this video Dr. Lyssa Ochoa talks all about strokes, including what they are, what causes them, and how to recognize them. She also reviews risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, and how to reduce your risk of stroke. All About Strokes is an informative and helpful video for people of all ages, including seniors and caregivers.

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An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America

Posted on May 25, 2016
This video reveals the ugly truth about Elder Abuse - produced by the Elder Justice Now Campaign - this tells the personal stories of families and individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by elder abuse. Abuse happens in many ways - financial, emotional, physical, and psychological.  Elder Abuse effects an estimated five million Americans every day. Elder Abuse Must End.

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Avoid Complications of Diabetes with a Diabetic Foot Exam

Posted on December 14, 2017

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

Foot related problems are just one of many complications of diabetes. Many foot related complications can be avoided with early detection, diagnosis and treatment. This video will explain how to perform a diabetic foot exam and help you identify any potential issues.

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Bad Drugs

Posted on March 2, 2015

While there aren’t necessarily bad drugs, for elderly patients there are significant risks. Medication errors and drug toxicity occur regularly in up to 59% of hospitalized patients. In addition 31% of all hospital admissions in the elderly are the result of adverse drug affects. Drug toxicity is the 4th leading cause of death ahead of pulmonary disease, motor vehicle accidents, and AIDS. This video can help caregivers and patients be safe when it comes to “bad drugs,” medication errors, and drug toxicity. 

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Behavior Problems: Dementia and Mental Illness in Long Term Care and Assisted Living - Module 1

Posted on March 2, 2015

In Module 1 of this series on dementia behaviors, viewers learn the eight possible etiologies of dementia and their masquerading conditions and the 12 most common “problem behaviors” when working with elderly residents with dementia or mental illness. This video also discusses the common identifiers of aggressive behavior and predictors of violence. 

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Behavior Problems: Dementia and Mental Illness in Long Term Care and Assisted Living - Module 2

Posted on March 2, 2015

In Module 2 of this series on dementia behaviors, viewers learn the sources of pain perception in elderly residents with dementia or mental illness. They learn how pain, along with long-term medications and the use of restraints, can affect residents’ behavior and how caregivers can alter care to address these issues.

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Behavior Problems: Dementia and Mental Illness in Long Term Care and Assisted Living - Module 3

Posted on March 2, 2015

In Module 3 of this series on dementia behaviors, viewers learn how dementia affects residents’ mental capacity for personal, medical, and financial decision making. Viewers learn about testamentary capacity and the capacity to stand trial. 

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Behavior Problems: Dementia and Mental Illness in Long Term Care and Assisted Living - Module 4

Posted on March 2, 2015

In Module 4 of this series on dementia behaviors, viewers review a “Survival Guide” for using history forms and psychological tests with elderly residents with dementia or mental illness. The video outlines the importance of coding tests appropriately, documenting time between visits, and following up to evaluate drug titrations, efficacy, and side effects. 

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Behavioral Disturbances in Elders with Dementia (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 2, 2015

A common reason seniors are placed in nursing homes is due to behavior or functional loss, and not memory impairment. This video helps caregivers understand the dementia behaviors and other behavioral disturbances in seniors living in long-term care facilities, including hallucinations, delusions, irritability, agitation, sleep changes, and appetite changes. Viewers will gain a greater understanding of the emotions that often drive the actions of their loved ones.

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Behavioral Management in Dementia

Posted on March 2, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
If you’re taking care of someone with dementia, you know there are issues regarding behavior that can be challenging to understand and manage. In this video on behavior management dementia, Dr. Weiss walks viewers through the care and management of patients with dementia, helping caregivers understand the symptoms, epidemiology, and assessments involved. The video also offers strategies and therapies, both non-pharmacologic and pharmacotherapy, for managing the complex behaviors seen in patients with dementia.

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Blessing at the Threshold - with Sylvia Maddox

Posted on June 9, 2015

In this prayer for caregivers, Sylvia Maddox inspires viewers to bring the gift of presence, the gift of a listening heart, and the gift of retrieving the anchor of faith to the people they care for. These blessings at the threshold can make a huge difference in the lives and health of a loved one.

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Boundaries of Caregiving - with Steve Spidell

Posted on June 9, 2015

One of the challenges that face pastoral caregivers is the bias that they will try to save, heal, or convert people, and that professional caregivers need to be installed in the caregiving position. In Boundaries of Caregiving, Chaplain Spidell presents a discussion that delineates the fine lines of boundaries between the pastoral caregiver and the care receiver. The video serves as a prayer for caregivers, both pastoral and professional.

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Brain Fitness

Posted on March 2, 2015

Brain fitness is similar to physical fitness. Just as physical activity can improve physical health, brain exercises can improve cognitive ability and prevent the decline in cognitive health as we age. Brain fitness is defined as the brain’s ability to perform at normal or above normal levels. This video provides an overview of the latest research in cognitive health in older adults and provides insights on how to keep the brain engaged as we age and encourage the all important brain plasticity.

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Building Trust in Senior Dental Care

Posted on February 16, 2016

Communication is key in building trust with dental patients.This is especially true with senior dental care and those with dementia. Great tips and techniques for success in dental care of the elderly. 

Presenter:  Bree Valentic, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, TX
Periodontics Department - Dental Hygiene Division 

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Caregiver Stress

Posted on March 2, 2015

A caregiver of a patient with Alzheimer’s is defined as someone who provides care four hours a day, five days a week, for six months in a row. In this video, the presenter surmises that most caregivers spend much more time than this providing care. As a result, they can be susceptible to a multitude of emotions, including caregiver stress. Starting with the definition of stress, this video describes its causes and symptoms and answers the question, “What do I do to get rid of caregiver stress?”

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Caregiver Stress Related to Dementia (Subtitles in Spanish)

Posted on March 2, 2015

Caregiver stress is the all-too-common outcome of caring for a person with dementia. The challenges of caring for someone on top of other responsibilities can feel overwhelming. In the long run, allowing caregiver stress to build up will hurt physically and emotionally. In this video, Dr. Oakes provides guidance for answering the important question, “What do I do to get rid of caregiver stress?” 

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Caregiver Stress: Identifying and Reducing Strain and Stress

Posted on June 9, 2015

Presenter: Andrea Wirt, RN, GNP-C

Caregiver stress is defined as suffering of the mind or body, as severe physical or mental strain. It is subjective and unique to each individual, and it can result in loss of energy, exhaustion, feeling out of control, feeling tense or nervous, lacking interest in things you used to like to do, or becoming isolated. This video helps answer the question, “What do I do to get rid of caregiver stress?”  

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Caregiver Stress: Module 1

Posted on March 2, 2015

Caregivers, whether they work in a private setting or at a heath care facility or nursing home, can experience caregiver stress or compassion fatigue. In this first part of our three-module series, we provide an overview of the condition, including how it affects the body, and we answer the important question: “What do I do to get rid of caregiver stress?” 

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Caregiver Stress: Module 2

Posted on March 2, 2015

Caregivers, whether they work in a private setting or at a heath care facility or nursing home, can experience caregiver stress or compassion fatigue. In this second part of our three-module series, we provide an overview of the condition, including how it affects the body, and we answer the important question: “What do I do to get rid of caregiver stress?” 

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Caregiver Stress: Module 3

Posted on March 2, 2015

Caregivers, whether they work in a private setting or at a heath care facility or nursing home, can experience caregiver stress or compassion fatigue. In this third and last part of our three-module series, we provide an overview of the condition, including how it affects the body, and we answer the important question: “What do I do to get rid of caregiver stress?” 

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Caregiver Video Series - How to Change a Bed with Someone In It!

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

Caring for a loved one can be both rewarding and exhausting, and caregivers often have several questions. One question that regularly comes up is how to change a bed with someone in it. This video provides helpful information and demonstrates the best way to replace bedding while keeping your loved one comfortable and safe.

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Caregiver Video Series - How to Prevent Pressure Ulcers (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

When you’re caring for a loved one who must spend a significant amount of time in bed, a common concern is the development of pressure ulcers. Through the full demonstrations in this video, caregivers learn what pressure ulcers are, why positioning is so important, and how often – and when – is best to reposition loved ones to avoid pressure ulcers. 

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Caregiving as seen by Latino/Hispanic Caregivers

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

Latinos are the largest ethnic minority and the fastest growing elderly group. In providing caregiver training online regarding care for Latinos, the presenter shares her findings of how Latinos perceive the caregiving experience, including how it has consequences, fulfills a duty, and is satisfying. 

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Caregiving: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Love

Posted on June 9, 2015
Presenter: Mary Olivia Patino
Viewers are guided to reflect on the caregiver’s experience as a journey of faith, hope, and love. The video helps them affirm their role as one of love and one that serves an important role in today’s society. They can also acknowledge that caregiving can be a time of challenges and a time of hope.

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Caring for Dentures and Partials in the Elderly

Posted on February 16, 2016

Proper denture and partial care is important for maintaining the life of the dentures as well as avoiding infectious diseases. This video provides the viewer all you need to know about caring for dentures and partials for successful senior dental care including maintenance, cleaning and storage techniques and securing and removing dentures. 

Presenter:  Brittney Wappes -University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, TX
Periodontics Department - Dental Hygiene Division 

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Caring For the Hateful Patient

Posted on March 2, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Caring for someone who is sometimes hateful or difficult is a common situation. Oftentimes, the person being care for may have issues related to frustration, anger, confusion, pain, fear, or even medications. Whether you are a professional caregiver or caring for a loved one, this situation is unrewarding and can take a toll on your own health and wellbeing. Here, Dr. Weiss explains what’s involved in caring for the hateful patient while providing appropriate and compassionate care.

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Chronic Pain Management

Posted on February 16, 2016

Chronic Pain Management at a Crossroads - Addressing a Public Health Crisis

Chronic Pain the most common reason that people visit a doctor's office in the USA. This is especially true for aging seniors. People are searching for ways to manage chronic pain. Barbara Turner, MD,MSED walks us through this complex issue of how and why this is a public health crisis as well as answering the following questions and more:

What is Chronic Pain and how is this impacting the U.S.?
What are the risks and benefits of opioid therapy in managing chronic pain?
Where are we going with chronic pain managment?
Is there a role for non-pharmacologic managment?

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Chronic Wound Care Case Studies - Part 1

Posted on February 27, 2018
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

Wound care case studies are a great way to fully understand what influences effective wound care treatments. Wound care specialist Dianne Rudolph will walk you through five unique case studies to help you better understand the complexities of wound care assessments, classifications and treatments.  

For additionals case studies: Chronic Wound Care Case Studies - Part 2

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Chronic Wound Care Case Studies - Part 2

Posted on February 27, 2018
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

Wound care case studies are a great way to fully understanding what influences effective wound care treatments.

Wound care specialist Dianne Rudolph will walk you through five unique case studies to help you  better understand the complexities of wound care assessments, classifications and treatments.

For additional case studies: Chronic Wound Care Case Studies - Part 1


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Clinical Differences Among Four Common Dementia Syndromes

Posted on January 1, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Ninety percent of all non-reversible cognitive impairment cases can be attributed to four types of clinical dementia syndromes.  In this video, we explore the differences in dementia syndromes, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Body, and Frontotemporal Dementia, and what they mean to patients and caregivers.

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Combating Loneliness in Seniors

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss, Geriatric Psychologist

Loneliness can be described as the discrepancy between a person's desired and actual social relationship. It's a unique situation in which a person perceives themselves to be socially isolated even when among other people. This condition causes a person to be irritable, depressed, self-centered, and can lead to a 29% increase in premature mortality. It's estimated that 1/3 of the population suffers from loneliness and is especially prevalent among seniors.

Dr. Weiss's presentation will help you to better understand this widespread condition with the following information:

  • How to Diagnose Loneliness
  • The Risk Factors 
  • Health Effects 
  • The Biology of Loneliness
  • Treatment Options 

"Loneliness breaks the spirit." - Jewish Proverb

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Common Oral Problems in the Frail Elderly

As they age, it is common for older adults to stop maintaining daily oral care. In addition, many seniors suffer dry mouth due to medications, collect bacteria, and have chronic inflammation of their teeth. On top of this there are often contributing factors of soft-food, high-carb diets, along with aging fillings, crowns, and root canals. In this video, Dr. Dirks describes geriatric dentistry, basic oral care techniques, and some basic tips for how to get elderly to brush.

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Community of Hope - Pastoral Care (Part 2)

Posted on March 2, 2015

Part 2 of this two-part series on pastoral care explores the origins of the term “pastor,” as being a shepherd who cares for a flock. Providing a prayer for caregivers, the presenter talks about the calming presence of pastors as they provide care, which is the cure of the soul. Viewers reflect on the pastoral care language and how it can help people feel cared for and nurtured.

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Comunidades Saludables con MiPiramide

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Conceptos Generales de Hospicio

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Constipation and the Elderly: The Scoop on Poop

Posted on March 2, 2015

Presenter: Dr. David Smith
Constipation and the elderly: It’s a topic that Dr. Oz and even Oprah have tackled. Here, Dr. Smith discusses constipation in older adults and what’s important to understand about caring for people with constipation. This is a presentation that every family member and nurse will want to watch. Learn about the general causes, drug causes, and psychiatric/psychological causes of constipation, along with the classifications of constipation, risk factors, and conditions that affect it. Dr. Smith also reviews treatments to help people handle this uncomfortable condition.

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Cultural Sensitivity Training: Caring for Jewish Seniors

Posted on June 9, 2015
The Jewish faith brings many customs, foods, and rituals that are important to keep in mind when giving care. This series of videos provides cultural sensitivity training for caregivers of Jewish seniors. In this fourth module, we describe how to use what we’ve shared to assist all caregivers in providing sensitive care for Jewish patients and assisting families in discharge planning, planning kosher diets, and scheduling appointments. 

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Cultural Sensitivity Training: Death and Dying Traditions in Judaism

Posted on June 9, 2015
The Jewish faith brings many customs, foods, and rituals that are important to keep in mind when giving care. This series of videos provides cultural sensitivity training for caregivers of Jewish seniors. In this third module, we describe death and dying traditions in Judaism, exploring the wide spectrum of Jewish practices and beliefs that can affect all aspects from care, from treating at the bedside to preparing for death.

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Cultural Sensitivity Training: Introduction

Posted on March 2, 2015

The Jewish faith brings many customs, foods, and rituals that are important to keep in mind when giving care. This series of videos provides cultural sensitivity training for caregivers of Jewish seniors. The introduction briefly describes the four modules in the series, which include an overview of Judaism, Jewish holy days and celebrations, death and dying traditions in Judaism, and how to use what we’ve shared to care for Jewish seniors. The series ends with a final video for questions and answers. 

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Cultural Sensitivity Training: Jewish Holy Days & Celebrations

Posted on June 9, 2015
The Jewish faith brings many customs, foods, and rituals that are important to keep in mind when giving care. This series of videos provides cultural sensitivity training for caregivers of Jewish seniors. In this second module, we describe Jewish holy days and celebrations, helping viewers understand the history of these rituals and the dietary laws and fasting practices often associated with them. 

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Cultural Sensitivity Training: Overview of Judaism

Posted on June 9, 2015
The Jewish faith brings many customs, foods, and rituals that are important to keep in mind when giving care. This series of videos provides cultural sensitivity training for caregivers of Jewish seniors. In this first module, we give an overview of Judaism with a brief look at the history, customs, and beliefs that are inherent to Jewish people. 

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Cultural Sensitivity Training: Questions & Answers

Posted on June 9, 2015
The Jewish faith brings many customs, foods, and rituals that are important to keep in mind when giving care. This series of videos provides cultural sensitivity training for caregivers of Jewish seniors. In this final module, experts in Judaism and Jewish caregivers provide answers related to Jewish culture, covering multiple topics including menorahs, biblical scriptures, and dietary restrictions.

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Delirium in Older Adults

Posted on March 2, 2015

A challenging yet common aspect of caregiving is handling delirium in elders. Delirium is a quick change in an older adult’s mental state, causing them to experience changes in alertness, perceptions, and sleep patterns. Their speech may become incoherent and or they find themselves disoriented to time and place. Delirium can be confused with other mental states associated with aging. To clear up confusion, in this video Dr. Lichtenstein explains delirium in elders, helping caregivers understand the condition, its possible causes, and best responses.

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Dementia

Posted on March 2, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Caring for and even visiting someone with dementia can generate many questions about what to do and how to act. In this video, the presenter gives a complete overview of dementia, detailing its history, definition, genetics and risk factors. The presenter also discusses evaluation, current and future treatments, and the support that caregivers themselves need when caring for someone with dementia.

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Dementia, Dining & Dignity: At the Dinner Table

Posted on June 9, 2015
Too often, aging services providers find that caregivers have not mastered the art and science of dementia communication, resulting in disheartening, undignified, and even dangerous situations, especially during meals. When they should be experiencing the comfort of a familiar routine, people with dementia often instead experience confusion, frustration, and anxiety. This video gives caregivers guidance for visiting someone with dementia at any time, and especially during meals.

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Dementia: Determining Decision Making Capacity

Posted on March 2, 2015

This video discusses an important aspect of elderly care and managing a patient’s dementia: Determining decision-making capacity. This capacity is based on one’s physical and mental ability to provide food, clothing, and shelter; attend to physical needs; and manage finances. By watching this video, viewers learn how self-assessment, proxy reports, evaluating performance, and direct observation can help measure a loved one’s capacity and determine best options for their care. 

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Dental Hygiene

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Oral Care

We only get one set of teeth, so caring for them properly throughout your life is essential. This video discusses senior dental care and the importance of oral hygiene in the elderly. Presented by University of Texas dental hygiene students, the presentation will help caregivers recognize the appearance of the normal oral cavity, along with signs of oral cancer and abnormalities that may need a doctor’s referral. Caregivers will also learn how to approach uncooperative patients and help them be more receptive to senior dental care.

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Denture Adhesives and Senior Dental Care

Posted on February 16, 2016

Keeping dentures secure and comfortable is important for everyone. As a caregiver caring for someone who has dentures it is important to know the proper techniques for securing and removing the dentures as well as the the types of adhesives available and how to use them. This video offers techniques for securing and removing dentures for successful senior dental care.

Presenter:  Nina Galicki, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, TX
Periodontics Department - Dental Hygiene Division 

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Denture Care for Caregivers

Posted on October 11, 2016
Topics: Oral Care

Daily mouth care should not stop because a person has missing teeth, in fact, taking care of dentures in the mouth is just as important as brushing natural teeth on a daily basis. This video covers:

  • Importance of Oral Health
  • Denture Care Protocol
  • Infection Control
  • Identifying Visible Mouth or Denture Problems
  • Supplies and Steps to Denture Care and Cleaning. 

While this video is being presented to CNA's in a health care facility - this information is relevant to anyone responsible for the oral care of another. 

Presenter: The Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc. 

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Depression and Elders

Posted on February 27, 2017

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

Loss is a part of aging - loss of relationships, health, a job, driving. At the same time, depression is not a normal part of aging. Dr. Weiss, a geriatric psychiatrist, will provide an overview of signs, symptoms and treatment of depression in older adults.

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Depression in Elders

Posted on March 2, 2015

This video presents a discussion about depression in the elderly, telling viewers screening questions for depression and the signs to watch for, including depressed mood, sleep changes, loss of interest, guilt, decreased energy, decreased concentration, and appetite changes. The video also reviews how depression in the elderly is diagnosed, its causes, outcomes, and treatments.

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Diabetes Medications

Posted on March 2, 2015

Some people with Type 2 Diabetes can control their blood sugar with a healthy meal plan and regular exercise. But sometimes, medications are required as well. This video on diabetes medications and seniors describes the importance of taking medications as prescribed, in addition to healthy eating and exercising, in managing diabetes.

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Diabetes, Kidney Disease and Dialysis

Posted on March 30, 2016

In this video Dr. Srinath K. Tamirisa, Kidney and HTN Specialist will cover the relationship beween diabetes and kidney disease as well as:

  • The different types of diabetes.
  • What happens when you have a high sugar level.
  • How diabetes causes kidney damage.
  • The stages of chronic kidney disease.
  • Signs of kidney disease in patients with diabetes.  
  • How dialysis works and what you can expect. 
  • What can be done to keep your kidneys working for as long as possible. 

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Diagnosis Parkinson's Disease: You are Not Alone (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on June 9, 2015

This free educational resource provides comfort and encouragement for people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 25-minute free Parkinsons information video includes testimonials from people with Parkinson's on how they learned to cope and live with the diagnosis, scientific and medical information from healthcare experts, and helpful tips and resources.

*To access the Spanish Subtitles – Please Click Here

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Dignity First Introduction to Caregiver Stress Modules

Posted on March 2, 2015

In this introduction, Dr. Beth Goethe and Dr. Martha E. Leatherman help caregivers address the common question of “How do I get rid of caregiver stress?” Together, they explain what caregiver stress is, how to identify it, and how to manage it. They provide specific ways to alleviate the guilt and anxiety that can make stress worse and to slow down and find time for you.

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Do you Hear Me Now? A Discussion on Hearing Loss

Posted on June 9, 2015

Hearing loss affects many people, especially older adults; however, there are many hearing resources available. As such, this video addresses several issues pertaining to hearing loss, including signs of hearing loss, its effect on relationships, common causes of hearing loss, and solutions that can help with the hearing loss.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted on March 2, 2015

It’s ambitious to think that people who have struggled with hearing can instantly adapt to a new hearing aid. Often a degree of hearing aid training and some answers to common questions are needed for people to understand how a hearing aid works and how best to get used to it. In this video, audiologist Dr. Jane Watson covers the latest about hearing aids, questions to ask before purchasing, new technologies, and the reasons hearing aids are so expensive. All hearing aids are not the same, and this video can provide a solid foundation worth hearing.

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Doctor and Patient Communication - How to Talk to Your Doctor

Posted on March 2, 2015

During an elderly doctor appointment, the communication gap can be the most serious and significant stumbling block to a healing relationship between doctor and patient -- 75% of diagnosis rests on the history you give the doctor. Because appointments with doctors can often seem rushed or confusing, a doctor's perspective on how to get the most out of each visit with your physician can help. This video explains what information to convey and the questions to ask to break the communication gap and ensure the best health and care for the senior in your life. 

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Doctor Talk: Making the Most of Your Doctor Appointment

Posted on March 2, 2015

As caregivers, getting the most out of an elderly doctor appointment is very important. This video helps us examine the approach to our appointment. We all want our doctors to be attentive and good listeners and, by all means, have a “good bedside manner.” Yet, we need to question what we are doing to make the best of the precious office time. With this video, caregivers and patients can learn how to utilize face-to-face time with their doctors more efficiently. 

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Don’t Be the Victim of a Con

Posted on March 2, 2015

Older adults are often victims of cons against the elderly and they are often targeted by experienced con artists. In this video, Deputy Atherton reviews how cons happen and what older adults can do to avoid them. He talks about actual scams in San Antonio and Bexar County and how a con artist gains the trust of seniors to get important identity and financial information. Learn about the bump and stop, lottery ticket scams, and false home repair scams. This video gives important tips to prevent cons against the elderly.

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Early Stage Alzheimer's: A Family's Story

Posted on June 9, 2015
Topics: Alzheimer's

This video presents an interview with Bill and Nancy Frost regarding their experience in understanding Alzheimers. Bill recounts his first sign of memory loss and the initial diagnosis, helping viewers understand the importance of early detection, the differences between the diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease versus cancer, and what seniors and caregivers can do to be proactive in managing this disease.

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Elder Fraud: Advice for Charitable Giving

Posted on December 20, 2017

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

We don't often think of fraud when we think of charity - but unfortunately there is fraud in charitable giving. It's important to know if our donations are going to safe reputable organizations and that our credit card information is handled safely and securely. Our elderly population are often targets of this particular form of elder fraud. As caregivers it's important to learn to give safely and help those you care for stay safe as well.

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Emotional Aspects of Vision Loss

Posted on March 2, 2015

When a person begins to lose a part of their vision there are many physical as well as emotional issues they experience. In this video, Dr. Sandra Fox discusses the stages of grief and the emotional aspects of vision loss. In addition, she provides helpful information about what families and caregivers can do to help patients and ease in the vision loss transition and rehabilitation.

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Employed and Caring for a Loved One - Part 1

Posted on December 27, 2017

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Are you struggling to balance caregiving responsibilities with your employment duties. Do you feel one or the other is suffering from being stretched too far. If so you are not alone. In this video Maria Wellisch offers her advice for keeping your job and saving your sanity. 

  • Using FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) effectively
  • Tapping into your EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Consider a Geriatric Case Manager 

Employed and Caring for a Loved One - Part 2

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Employed and Caring for a Loved One - Part 2

Posted on December 27, 2017

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

For those who struggle to balance caregiving responsibilities with employment duties - life can be stressful and days can be long. There are only 24 hours in a day and when you have so much to do - you sometimes neglect yourself in order to get it all done. In this video Maria offers advice  for keeping your job and saving your sanity. 

  • How to accept advice from friends and family?
  • Resources that can help lighten the load.
  • The importance of support groups and respite care.

Employed and Caring for a Loved One - Part 1

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End of Life Care - Part 1

Posted on March 2, 2015

Admitting a loved one to hospice can be one of the most challenging experiences a family goes through. With no end of life care training, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious about this important transition. In the first video in this three-part series, Dr. Justo Cisneros, the medical director at Hospice Inspiris, explains the mission and practices of hospice and helps families, caregivers, and patients understand what they can expect during the hospice experience.

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End of Life Care - Part 2

Posted on March 2, 2015

Admitting a loved one to hospice can be one of the most challenging experiences a family goes through. With no end of life care training, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious about this important transition. In the second video in this three-part series, Dr. Justo Cisneros, the medical director at Hospice Inspiris, explains the mission and practices of hospice and helps families, caregivers, and patients understand what they can expect during the hospice experience.

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End of Life Care - Part 3

Posted on March 2, 2015

Admitting a loved one to hospice can be one of the most challenging experiences a family goes through. With no end of life care training, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious about this important transition. In the third and final video in this three-part series, Dr. Justo Cisneros, the medical director at Hospice Inspiris, explains the mission and practices of hospice and helps families, caregivers, and patients understand what they can expect during the hospice experience.

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Ensalada Facilisima de Vegetales y Pasta "Despensa y Jardin"

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Entender Alzheimer: 10 Señales de Advertencia de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Entender Alzheimer: Enfermedad de Alzheimer y Tipo 2 de Diabetes: Una Conexión Creciente

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Entender Alzheimer: la tensión en las personas encargadas del cuidado de los enfermos de alzheimer

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Entender las etiquetas de los alimentos para la buena salud (Understanding Food Labels for Good Health)

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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ER or Urgent Care? A Caregiver's Decision

Posted on March 2, 2015

If you’re caring for an elderly person who gets sick or injured, you can go to the urgent care or ER. The number of urgent care centers in both urban and rural areas in the U.S. is growing rapidly. These centers are filling a gap caused by the shortage of primary care doctors and long waits people experience at their doctor’s offices and in ERs. Urgent care centers are not for life-threatening conditions, but they certainly fill an important role in our current medical care environment. This video helps seniors determine when to go to the urgent care or ER, what they offer, and why not all urgent care facilities are the same. 

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Ethics - Aging, Driving, Sex, Research and Gambling

Posted on March 2, 2015

Most of us will never be part of an ethics committee, but many of us deal with ethics in the elderly every day. Health care providers, family members, and guardians often need support in addressing ethical issues inherent in the aging process, including consequences of driving, sex, and gambling. This video explores case studies dealing with ethical issues faced in nursing homes and in private facilities. We address the many ethical, legal, and financial issues that continue to arise as our population ages.

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Fall Prevention and You, Safe at Home (Part 2)

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Fall Prevention

As we age, falls and fear of falling takes on greater meaning and importance. In this three-part series on fall prevention for the elderly, we discuss different aspects of falling, and the implications it can have on long-term health and wellbeing. This second video covers common environmental fall risks in and around the home. 

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Fall Prevention and You, Safe at Home (Part 3)

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Fall Prevention

As we age, falls and fear of falling takes on greater meaning and importance. In this three-part series on fall prevention for the elderly, we discuss different aspects of falling, and the implications it can have on long-term health and wellbeing. This third and final video covers simple home modifications you can make to help you or your loved one avoid being the victim of a fall.

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Falls - A New Look at a Difficult Problem

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Fall Prevention

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries of older adults in the United States? And every 35 minutes an older adult in our country dies from a fall. In this video, “Falls –A New Look at a Difficult Problem,” the presenter gives insights about how to prevent falls, what to do when a fall occurs, and how to create a safe environment for residents and staff.

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Families Coping with Dementia

Posted on July 1, 2016

Presenter:  Maria Wellisch, RN, LNFA
For people caring for an elderly family member, it can be challenging as you figure out how to cope with dementia. Support from family members is not always forthcoming and decision-making has the potential to erode family relationships. This video explores the conflict and strain that often exists when caring for a loved one with dementia and gives families helpful hints to handle this conflict and move forward with positive caregiving.

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Family Decisions and Long Term Care: Who Will Care for Mama?

Posted on March 2, 2015

As parents age, their adult children sometimes move from their role as children to a new role as caregiver. As a result, adult children often find themselves in need of long-term care education. Caring for a parent can be one of the most difficult transitions we face in our adult years. Here we will discuss the types and levels of care to help adult children as they face important decisions about the appropriate care for their parent.

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Family Dynamics and Caregiving

Posted on March 5, 2015

Presenter:  David Smith, M.D., FAAFP, CMD - Geriatric Consultants of Central Texas, PA

Adult sibling relationships are diverse and sometimes complicated. And you may not realize how complicated they are until you are suddenly forced to come together to provide aging parents support. For many, dealing with family members is a major cause of caregiver stress. This video helps people navigate common issues that families face when caring for loved ones and respond to things people often say, such as “"I'm the youngest of five and my siblings still treat me like the baby," and "My sister has always been bossy and she thinks she's in charge.” This video teaches adult children how to best work together and deal with the complicated family dynamics.

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Family Dynamics for Caregivers

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

This video on family dynamics for caregivers provides a brief overview of families from a systems perspective, showing how roles in a family system, communication patterns, and shifts in family composition impact responses. Families are fluid, adaptive units, and this video helps family members better understand family dynamics so they can provide more understanding care for their loved ones.

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Fear of Falling...Causes Falls

Posted on June 9, 2015
Topics: Fall Prevention

A fear of falling is something many of our loved ones do not like to talk about. Many older adults worry that they may “end up in a nursing home” if their family or doctor learns they are having falls. This perception can lead to a higher risk of future falls, as their fear actually becomes a fall risk factor. This video discusses fall prevention for the elderly, starting with one of the most important tools: Communication.

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Financial Abuse of the Elderly (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on June 9, 2015
Fraud involves deliberately deceiving victims with the promise of goods, services, or other benefits that are nonexistent, unnecessary, never intended to be provided, or grossly misrepresented. Older adults can be susceptible to frauds that involve gaining their trust or communicating a concern for the elder’s wellbeing, or frauds that encourage their victims to make an immediate decision or commitment to purchase products or services. In this video, Dr. Robert W. Parker examines effective ways to help loved ones avoid elder financial abuse, and shares a personal story of his family’s experience with elder fraud.

*To access the Spanish Subtitles - Please Click Here

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Finding Long Term Care When There is no Money

Presenter:  Carol Bertsch - Elder Law Attorney 

What do you do when the person you are caring for is no longer able to stay in their own home and they do not have the resources to pay for a nursing home on their own?  While the laws can differ from state to state, elder law attorney Carol Bertsch explains what it takes to qualify for nursing home care with Medicaid. With real life scenarios - this informative video clearly explains this complex process of how Medicaid can help those without the financial resources to pay for nursing home care. 

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Finding My Voice As A Caregiver - Part 1

Posted on September 25, 2017

Presenter: Linda Sendaula

Linda openly admits that when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease she was in denial and unable to come to terms with what the diagnosis would mean for her and her family. Her husband was the one who researched and learned all he could about Alzheimer's and what his life would look like living with this disease. At her husband's insistence - Linda finally agreed to discuss the horror of the disease and talk about how they would handle his care as the disease progressed.

In this short video Linda shares her story of how she moved from a reluctant caregiver for her husband to being a "professional" Alzheimer's volunteer. 

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Finding My Voice As A Caregiver - Part 2

Posted on September 25, 2017

Presenter: Linda Sendaula

Linda Sendaula cared for her husband who had Alzheimer's for seven years. She went from being a reluctant caregiver to being a "professional" Alzheimer's volunteer. In this video series she shares some of her knowledge that she learned along the way in hopes of helping others who are traveling this journey.

In this short video Linda tell us what surprised her the most as she cared for her husband and watched the progression of this disease. 

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Finding My Voice As A Caregiver - Part 3

Posted on September 25, 2017

Presenter: Linda Sendaula

Linda Sendaula spent seven years as the primary caregiver for her husband who suffered with Alzheimer's. She went from being a reluctant caregiver to finding her voice as a caregiver through the difficult journey to becoming a "professional" Alzheimer's volunteer. She is now committed to helping others through the struggles and frustrations of caring for someone with Alzheimer's. 

In this short video Linda answers the following questions: 

  • What advice would you give caregivers to help them cope with the guilt and frustration involved with caregiving?
  • How did your children react to your husband's Alzheimer's diagnosis?

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Finding My Voice As A Caregiver - Part 4

Posted on September 25, 2017

Presenter: Linda Sendaula

As primary caregiver for her husband who suffered from Alzheimer's - Linda Sendaula encountered many obstacles in her seven years as a caregiver. From juggling a full time job and her caregiving duties, the stigma associated with Alzheimer's, and even questioning her faith. Through her experience as caregiver -she was able to "find her voice" and she is committed to helping others who are walking this same caregiving path. She has gone from being a reluctant caregiver to being what she calls a "professional" Alzheimer's volunteer. 

In Part 4 of this series Linda shares her answers to the following questions: 

  • What could employers do to more fully understand the needs of caregivers?
  • Do you feel there is a stigma with Alzheimer's? 
  • What part did you faith play in coping with your husband's Alzheimer's disease?

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Finding My Voice As A Caregiver - Part 5

Posted on September 25, 2017

Presenter: Linda Sendaula

Linda openly admits that when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease she was in denial and unable to come to terms the diagnosis in the beginning. She went on to care for her husband for seven years before his death. 

In this short video Linda explains the ugly reality of this disease, offers advice for anyone who may be in denial about their loved one's Alzheimer's disease and shares the signs that led her to seek help for her husband. 

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Forever Young with Exercise

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics: En Español
John Valasquez presents on the power of exercise and how it can make aging more pleasant. If you are a caregiver, or you are training a team of caregivers, watch this video to get a great introduction into exercises for the elderly. 

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From My Position: Advance Care Planning from a Legal and Personal Perspective

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info
Judge Polly Jackson Spencer speaks from the bench and provides valuable legal and judicial information about many issues involved in advance care planning. She concludes this informative video by sharing what she has learned as a caregiver. If you are interested in learning more about how to plan for elder care, this is a must-watch video from a great source!

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Grandma Won't Brush! Daily Oral Care for the Frail Elderly

Posted on March 2, 2015

The frail elderly are functionally dependent on others and have multiple chronic diseases, disabilities, or other impairments. These limitations can complicate routine dental care and hygiene, and add to the common concern of how to get elderly to brush. This video explains how increased medical problems and decreased abilities to tolerate dental care can affect the health of seniors.

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Has Caregiving Left a Gap in Your Resume?

Posted on January 30, 2018
Topics: Caregiver Info

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Have you had to quit a job to care for a loved one? If so, this time away caring for a loved one may have caused a serious gap in your resume. When you are ready and able to return to work this gap can possibly impact your ability to get a job. Unsure of how to explain your resume gap due to caregiving? Maria offers practical advice about re-entering the workforce after time away from a job caring for a loved one and re-enter the workforce with confidence and ease. 

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Healing Yourself with Your Own Stem Cells

Posted on July 7, 2016

Stem Cell injections offer an untapped potential to manage pain naturally as well as rebuild cartilage and collagen which regenerates damaged tissues, assists with repair processes, and offers alternatives to costly and risky surgeries.

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Healthier Communities with MyPyramid

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Nutrition

MyPyramid provides a guideline for ensuring overall health and quality nutrition in the elderly. By watching this video, caregivers and seniors will become familiar with the themes presented in “Healthier Communities with MyPyramid,” including the basic food groups, physical activity, and the key messages of variety, balance, and the importance of fiber. Participants will understand how following the recommendations of MyPyramid is important for staying healthy.

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Hidden Heroes: One Couple's Caregiving Story

Posted on January 24, 2017

Hidden Heroes brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face.  This is the caregiving story of Roxana and Victor.  In 2009, Roxana's suddenly became a caregiver for her husband Victor when he was in a vehicle that was hit by an explosive formed projectile. He sustained a moderate TBI along with other injuries. During his two and a half year rehabilitation, Roxana and Victor identified gaps in the healthcare system surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of TBIs. With Roxana's research background in health sciences, they worked to shape new military healthcare policies.

Roxana Delgado, an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow, is committed to expanding medical research in the military community.

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High Alert Medications in Long Term Care

Posted on July 26, 2016
Topics: Medications

Presenter: Carrie Allen, PharmD, CGP

Certified Pharmacist Carrie Allen believes EVERYONE has a responsibility in preventing medication errors and ensuring the safety of all residents in long term care. High-alert medications are drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error. Although mistakes may or may not be more common with these drugs, the consequences of an error are clearly more devastating to patients.

Get the facts about high alert drugs, how to avoid costly medication errors, and ensure the safety of all patients in your care because of your good practice. 

This is a must watch for anyone working in long term care.

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His Love Will Never Leave You - A Reflection for the Fall Season

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics:
One of the most demanding and exhausting jobs in the world is that of the caregiver. For some, this is a profession, and others, it is nearly a second job outside of their day-to-day career. In this prayer for a caregiver video, you'll hear about the love God has for His caregivers, and how you can rest in that truth.

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Hoarding and Elders (Subtitles in Spanish)

Posted on March 2, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Elderly people who hoard may have a history of hoarding throughout their lives, or they may have begun hoarding as they’ve gotten older. In either case, hoarding can be a serious problem that impairs mobility, increases fall risk, and interferes with cooking, cleaning, showering, and sleeping. In this video, Dr. Weiss, a geriatric psychiatrist, provides an overview of hoarding and the elderly, discussing causes, signs to watch for, and treatment options.

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Home For the Holidays

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

For adult children who have not visited “home” in many years, a trip back to see their aging parents can be difficult. This video provides helpful insights for siblings and aging parents for visits during the holidays and year-round. It helps adult children learn to keep an open mind and not be critical, while looking for important clues about their parents’ appearance and lifestyle that indicate whether they need additional care or support.

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Home Safety and Dementia: Module 1

Posted on March 2, 2015

It is common for people to want to keep their loved ones in their homes as long as possible as they age, even if they have Alzheimer’s or dementia. This first video in a three-part series helps viewers make their homes as safe as possible, addressing the three major areas that affect home safety for the elderly: mobility, perception, and cognition.

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Home Safety and Dementia: Module 2

Posted on March 2, 2015

In this second video of the three-part series on home safety for the elderly with dementia, the presenters discuss living areas and entrance areas. They show how shadows, lighting, and furniture design and placement can all create problems for seniors’ perception, balance, and mobility, and what caregivers can do to address these concerns. 

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Home Safety and Dementia: Module 3

Posted on March 2, 2015

In this final video of the three-part series on home safety for the elderly with dementia, the presenters discuss bedrooms and bathrooms. They show how medicine bottles, cords, heaters, and fans can all create problems for seniors’ perception, balance, and mobility, and what caregivers can do to address these concerns.  

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Hospice: What You May Not Know

Posted on March 2, 2015

The move to a hospice environment can be difficult for both patients and caregivers. This presentation takes a look at what you can expect from hospice in the home, a skilled nursing facility, inpatient hospice unit, and even assisted living. The presenters offer caregivers and healthcare professionals a unique look into hospice and share some of the most commonly misunderstood facts provided by this service.

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How Can I Convince My Loved One to see a Psychiatrist?

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

Convincing someone to see a psychiatrist can be challenging and awkward. Sometimes you need to get creative with how you approach this difficult situation for it to go smoothly and without incident. With his usual wit and humor, Dr. Weiss, a geriatric psychiatrist, will walk you through some ideas for carefully approaching this delicate subject with your loved one. 

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How Can I Get My Loved One to STOP Driving?

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

Always a difficult situation - you feel your loved one is no longer safe to operate a vehicle and they insist they are fine.This loss of independence can be devastating to many. How do you insist that your aging loved one stop driving - for their safety as well as the safety of others? Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Weiss gives you samples and real life scenarios for tackling this difficult situation.

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How to Apply a Leg or Compression Wrap

Posted on January 25, 2018
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

A leg wrap is commonly used for the management of edema and venostasis ulcers. Watch this short demonstration of the proper techniques for applying a leg compression wrap. 

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How to Avoid Lottery, Sweepstakes and Prize Scams

Posted on October 23, 2017
Topics: Elder Abuse

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

We've all heard the saying "If it's sounds too good to be true - it probably is." But for many, the temptation is too great - especially seniors. Learn more about the many lottery, sweepstakes and prize scams targeting seniors and how to avoid this potential form of elder abuse.

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How to Avoid Tax Scams Targeting Seniors

Posted on October 18, 2017
Topics: Elder Abuse

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Tax scam fraud is one of the many potential scams that are surfacing and targeting our older population. Because of respect and sometimes fear of the IRS, many seniors are quick to listen and do what the scammer is asking for them to do to avoid penalties and fines. Learn more about some of the common tax scams, how to avoid them, and how to protect yourself, others and especially seniors as they seem to be a common target for this type of scam.

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How to BE with Someone Who Is Dying

Posted on March 2, 2015

There is often no end of life care training. For some, terminal illness provides a transformational time of increased self-awareness around spiritual or faith-based questions. But it also raises practical considerations such as how to talk to children, the impact of dementia, how to make informed choices about end-of-life care, and how to care for the caregivers. This exceptional video offers insight on 31 topics that arise frequently during the transition process -- the time between making a decision to stop medical treatment and when death actually occurs.

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How to be Your Own Advocate in the Hospital

Posted on April 10, 2018

Presenter:  Bill Pemberton 

Poor communication between doctors and patients, and between doctors and nurses, is discussed relatively frequently. But what about confusion between the teams of doctors who share patients in the hospital or clinic?

Miscommunication between a patient’s physicians is a major contributor to treatment and diagnostic mistakes as well as major frustration on the part of the patient.

Bill Pemberton tells his personal story of his two weeks in the hospital and dealing with multiple treating doctors who did not always communicate well with each other. These glitches in communication forced him to stay on top of his medical situation and be his own advocate to help bridge the gaps in communication among the hospital staff.

 

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How to Hire a Private Duty Caregiver

Posted on October 29, 2015
Does a loved one of yours need additional care? If so, you know that finding the right caregiver can be a difficult task! Watch this video for some great information on how to hire a private duty caregiver. 

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How to Select and Care for a Hearing Aid

Posted on March 2, 2015

If you need a hearing aid or care for someone who’s been prescribed one, it’s important to know how to choose a hearing aid. After that, with wax and build-up, it’s also important to know how to clean and care for a hearing aid. This 10-minute video by audiologist Jane Watson tells users and caregivers what they need to know about selecting, cleaning, and more. 

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Hydration/Dehydration - To drink or NOT to drink? That is NOT the question!

Posted on March 5, 2015

Presenter: Maria L. Wellisch, R.N., LNFA

Fluid intake is important for people of all ages and dehydration in the elderly is especially crucial issue. When older adults become dehydrated, they may experience muscle cramps, disorientation, confusion and many other threatening healthcare conditions. If they are severely dehydrated, they may go into shock, which can be life threatening. In this video training, caregivers will learn more about the importance of hydration and strategies to increase fluid intake for yourself and the people you care for.

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I Don’t Have Dementia—But It Is Driving Me Crazy!

Posted on March 2, 2015

Help! Mom has dementia! Living with dementia can be a challenge for people with dementia, as well as people who are caring for them, whether they are direct care health providers or family members. Caregiving can present an emotional, physical, and – for family caregivers -- financial stress. It is not unusual for caregivers to experience frustration, anger, guilt, isolation, and exhaustion. In this video, Maria Wellisch presents caregivers with practical information and solutions to living with and taking care of someone with dementia. It’s a video every caregiver should watch.

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Identity Theft: Protect Yourself

Posted on March 2, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

Identity theft is an increasing problem in the United States, and older adults are often targeted. In this video, Deputy Atherton explains what elderly identity theft is and how you can prevent it. His tips include: Protect yourself. Don’t wait for your identification and financial information to be stolen. Shred. Ask questions, and keep your personal information secure. Ideal for seniors and caregivers of seniors, this video helps prevent elderly identity theft.

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Importance of Sleep for Seniors

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

No matter how hold you are, sleeping is essential for health and well-being, and the importance of sleep for the elderly cannot be overlooked. This engaging presentation addresses many of the issues regarding falls and Alzheimer's disease as they relate to sleep. Caregivers of family members or patients with Alzheimer's disease will benefit from the video’s suggestions and interventions when caring for those with sleep disturbances.

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Important Points When Using a Blood Sugar Monitor

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Diabetes

Many people with diabetes purchase a blood sugar monitor and immediately start using it without learning about its functions. Very often people don’t read the instructional booklet, and some even discard it entirely. By watching this video about the use, care, and capabilities of a blood sugar monitor, elderly people, people with diabetes, and their relatives will be able to get more out of their monitor for better readings and better health.

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Inappropriate Anti-Psychotic Reduction: A Regulatory Priority

Posted on February 4, 2016

Learn more about the regulatory agenda to reduce the inappropriate use of anti-psychotics in long term care. Dr. Smith will cover the following:

  • Defining inappropraite antipsychotic use
  • Brief History of Anti-Psychotic Reduction in LTC
  • BPSD Treatment
  • Ways to decrease inapprpopriate Anti-Psychotic use in a LTC facility.

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Inmunizaciones y Enfermedades que Pueden Evitarse con las Vacunas para Adultos

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Innovations in Chronic Pain Management: Part One

Posted on March 3, 2015

In part one of this series on innovations in chronic pain management, the presenter describes national guidelines and defines the pharmacological basis of opiates used in pain management. This comprehensive summary helps caregivers become more informed about sources of pain and the options available to help manage it.

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Innovations in Chronic Pain Management: Part Three

Posted on March 3, 2015

In part three of this series on innovations in chronic pain management, the presenter describes the challenges in chronic pain management, including lifestyle and metabolic factors and poor health and chronic illness. These can result in several symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, body aches, and anxiety.

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Innovations in Chronic Pain Management: Part Two

Posted on March 3, 2015

In part two of this series on innovations in chronic pain management, the presenter describes various pain assessment tools, including visual analogue scales. These can include the descriptive scale, Wong-Baker Faces scale, numeric scale, and pain thermometer in the elderly.

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Innovations in Hearing Aid Technology

Posted on March 3, 2015

When many people are asked about hearing aids they think of the large, beeping ones their grandparents might have worn. But nowadays hearing aids are tiny, highly effective, and barely noticeable. As a hearing aid training resource, this video describes the latest innovations in hearing aid technology, including the many accessories available to make it easy to hear in even difficult situations. 

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Inocuidad de los alimentos... Está en sus manos (Food Safety... It's In YOUR Hands!)

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Investment Seminar Scams

Posted on January 31, 2018

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Seminar fraud and scams are everywhere and the majority of these events present sales materials that are exaggerated, misleading and unwarranted. This video will open your eyes to the crafty techniques scammers are using to increase the likelihood of you participating. Don't be the next victim of an investment seminar scam.

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La dura realidad de la Diabetes y las personas de edad

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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Living in a Nursing Home: A New Beginning

Posted on March 3, 2015

When people are put in a situation where they must leave the homes they know and move into a one-bedroom apartment or room in assisted living, everything takes on a new significance. There is a tremendous loss, and for many, a sense that a nursing home is the last resort. But that simply isn’t so. This video depicts “Living in a nursing home: A new beginning,” and how people in nursing homes can live productive, happy lives. 

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Living Independently - A Healthy Choice

Posted on October 29, 2015
When it comes to independent living for the eldery, there are a lot of things to consider. How old is too old? How much should health factor into this decison? Learn more in this great video below! 

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Living Wills: What is a Living Will? Why is it important to have one?

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

As people age, they often have questions in regard to what is a living will. This video provides information about TexasLivingWills.com and how you can use it to complete your advance directives. Dr. Klugman gives a step-by-step explanation of how to use the website and advance care planning forms. He also provides some basic information about issues individuals should consider related to advance care planning. 

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Living with Heart Failure Module 1: Identifying the Problem

Posted on March 28, 2016

 In Living with Heart Failure Module 1: Identifying the Problem, Beverly Tuomala, BSN, RN, CHFN, Heart Failure Nurse answers these questions and more: 

  • What is heart failure?
  • What causes heart failure?
  • How is heart failure diagnosed?
  • What does heart failure look like?
  • What can be done to improve the transition of care?

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Living with Heart Failure Module 2: Medications and Therapies

Posted on March 26, 2016

In Living with Heart Failure Module 2: Medications and Therapies, Beverly Tuomala, BSN, RN, CHFN, Heart Failure Nurse will help you to understand the complex medications used to treat heart failure as well as various therapies available to those living with heart failure.

  • Diuretics
  • Potassium
  • Ace-Inhibitors/ARB's
  • Beta Blockers
  • Digoxin
  • IV Medications
  • Pacemakers/Defibrilators
  • VAD

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Living with Heart Failure Module 3: Sodium/Fluid Restriction

Posted on March 26, 2016

 In Living with Heart Failure Module 3: Sodium/Fluid Restriction, Beverly Tuomala, BSN, RN, CHFN, Heart Failure Nurse explains why sodium and fluid restriction is so important to those suffering from heart failure. She will also answer the following questions and more.

  • What is the recommended sodium it a good recomment causes heart failure?
  • What is the correlation between the kidneys and heart failure?
  • What foods are considered to be "low sodium" or "sodium safe" foods? 
  • What should you order when eating out on a sodium restricted diet?
  • Why is education so important for someone on a sodium restricted diet?

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Living with Heart Failure Module 4: Putting It All Together

Posted on March 24, 2016

 In Living with Heart Failure Module 4: Putting It All Together, Beverly Tuomala, BSN, RN, CHFN, Heart Failure Nurse recaps the other three modules: Identifying the Problem, Medications and Therapies, Sodium/Fluid Restrictions and gives you practical ways to improve compliance when living with heart failure. Including: 

  • The Importance of Written Schedules and Weighing Daily
  • Medication Tips 
  • Practical Ways to Reduce Demands on the Heart 
  • Balancing Exercise and Rest: How do you know if you are doing too much or too little?

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Loss and Grief

Posted on March 3, 2015

For people of all ages and especially the elderly, loss and grief are holistic. They can result in suffering that is physical, mental, emotional. If not dealt with holistically, pain can be pushed inward, creating anger and bitterness. As caregivers, we must connect emotionally with the people we care for, and especially with dealing with elderly loss and grief. We must provide care that incorporates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components. Presented by a spiritual director and author who specializes in trauma, grief, and loss, this video explains how to create holistic care plans so loss and grief can be worked through, and do not become an “expensive emotion.”

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Low Vision Adaptations

Posted on March 3, 2015

Living with reduced vision can be possible with low-vision adaptions. There are techniques that can be used to make things better, brighter, and bolder; organize and simplify them; and modify environments to help compensate for reduced vision.  

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Low Vision Devices

Posted on March 3, 2015

There are a wide variety of low vision devices that can help people remain as independent as possible after they have been diagnosed with low vision. In this video, Melva Perez Andrews discusses when one might need or use low vision devises, and what kinds of devices are available.

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Managing Medications and Seniors Confidently

Posted on March 2, 2015

When caring for someone elderly, understanding and managing their medications is crucial to their well-being - because often medications and seniors don’t mix. It is crucial to be aware of both the dosages, side effects, drug interactions, high risk drugs for seniors, potential complications with certain medications, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Here, Carrie Allen, a specialist in geriatric pharmacy, helps caregivers understand polypharmacy and health to manage medications for seniors safely and with confidence.

 

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Managing Medications: A Review of the Latest Pill-Box Technology

Posted on May 16, 2018

Presenter:  Elizabeth Woods, RN

The inability to take medications as prescribed can have serious consequences. Improper medication management is the most common reason seniors are forced to move to assisted living. As caregivers you want to make sure that medications are being taken properly, but being available every time medication needs to be administered can be difficult. And what about those caregivers who are caring for someone long-distance? Fortunately, recent pill box technology has evolved and there are many new options available to help with medication management. 

This video provides examples of the many options now available, functionality, cost and will greatly assist you in determining which device is best for you or your loved one. 

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Medicare 101: An Overview of Medicare

Posted on March 3, 2015

As people get closer to 65, they often have questions about what is Medicare, who is eligible, and how does one enroll. In this video, Melinda Sutherland, RN, walks viewers through the Medicare program, starting with the seven-month open enrollment period. If you’re approaching 65 or taking care of someone who is, this video will be highly beneficial. 

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Medication Expiration Dates: What you Need to Know

Posted on March 9, 2016

What happens to medications after the expiration date? What are the potential dangers of taking expired meds? How do you know when medications are no longer safe to use? Get the facts about medication expiration dates from Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Carrie Allen. 

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Meditation: Coming to Awareness, Segment 3

Posted on March 3, 2015

In this segment viewers learn how to engage in meditation to increase their awareness for God, nature, and themselves. This video shows viewers how God draws us deeper into Him through awareness of our bodies and relationships and how to find God in all things through meditation.

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Meditation: Helping Yourself to Meditate, Segment 2

Posted on March 3, 2015

In segment 2 of our 6-segment series on meditation and the elderly, viewers learn how to engage in meditation and become present and attentive to focus on God’s love. Meditation is an expression of the whole person, so this video tells how to set aside time to meditate and how to create a meditation environment.

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Meditation: Lectio Divina in a Group, Segment 5

Posted on March 3, 2015

In this segment of our series on meditation and the elderly, viewers learn the benefits of coming together to study and meditate on the words and phrases of scripture. The presenter explains how doing this in a group can help achieve greater awareness of God’s love through the insights and shared experiences of others.

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Meditation: Lectio Divina in Solitude, Segment 4

Posted on March 3, 2015

In segment 4 of our 6-segment series on meditation and the elderly, viewers learn how to study and meditate on the words and phrases of scripture. The presenter explains how doing this in solitude can help achieve greater awareness of God’s love and bring greater understanding for everyday life.

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Meditation: The Nature and Purpose of Christian Meditation, Segment 1

Posted on March 3, 2015

In this segment of our series on meditation and the elderly, viewers learn how meditation can lead us to a deeper awareness of ourselves, the world around us, and God’s love for us. Serving as an introduction to the series, the video explains meditation and how it gives us time to take pause and to become aware that we are already in the presence of a loving and healing God.  

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Meditation: Using Guided Imagery, Segment 6

Posted on March 3, 2015

In this segment, viewers learn how to meditate by “seeing” themselves in the scriptures. They read passages, and then are challenged to reconstruct scenes and take the time to imagine the dialogues and possible feelings. Called guided imagery, this form of meditation can be highly effective.

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Meeting You Again - A Dementia Novela

Posted on March 3, 2015

Wanting to yell “help mom has dementia” can be a common plea of people across cultures, countries, and backgrounds. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia do not discriminate and can bring equal hardship to everyone they affect. To help caregivers gain a better understanding of the effects and challenges of living with someone diagnosed with dementia, this video depicts a modern-day Latino family as they struggle with a spouse and parent affected by dementia. Seeing them in action may be familiar to what you and your family are experiencing.

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Memory Lessons: "A Doctor's Story"

Posted on March 3, 2015

Caregivers of the elderly often have questions as they relate to memory care. In this video, the presenter discusses issues doctors often face that surround memory care, such as the havoc wrought by managed care, the debate over “quality care” of the elderly, and whether prolonging life at any cost is wise. Probing and intelligent, this video challenges viewers to think deeply about the choices they make in the care of their elders. 

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Mensaje Espiritual. Una Oración Para Los Cuidadores

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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mmLearn.org: Providing Education, Support to Caregivers

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

MMLearn is a way to serve caregivers. Reaching over 98 countries with more than 100,000 views, the free online videos give families and friends the skills, techniques, and emotional strength they need to care for their loved ones. Viewers are able to access the website and get feedback and education in all areas of caregiving from dementia, to caregiver stress, to medications. 

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Most Frequently Used Scams - Elder Fraud Series

Posted on December 14, 2017

Presenter:  Maria W. Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Seniors are not the only ones who are victims of scams, but unfortunately they are often considered easy targets. Scammers are always coming up with new ways to deceive people for their personal gain. In order to protect yourself and those you love you must be aware of the potential scams and how they work. Don't be the next victim of an unfortunate scam and share this information with those you love and want to protect. 

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My Spirit Hears You

Posted on March 3, 2015

How do you communicate and minister to those with dementia or those who cannot verbally communicate? This video teaches caregivers how to touch the spirit of someone with dementia and learn about their own spirituality in the process. This training serves as a prayer for caregivers and is recommended for pastoral care providers, including lay ministers and volunteers, as well as family care providers.

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My Spiritual Journey: Part 1

Posted on March 3, 2015

In Part 1 of this reflection on spirituality and aging, Chaplain Marta Peña explores the spiritual journey that begins at birth and continues throughout our lifetime. Chaplain Peña shares perspectives of attachments and separations and how these experiences impact our spiritual development. She also guides viewers in considering how difficulties strengthen and mold us.

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My Spiritual Journey: Part 2

Posted on March 3, 2015

In Part 2 of this refection on spirituality and aging, Chaplain Marta Peña discusses the many types of losses we may experience throughout our lives, including material loss, relationship loss, functional loss, intra-psychic loss, roll loss, systemic loss, and ambiguous loss. Reflecting on these losses increases our understanding and appreciation of who we are and why the losses happen.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Who They Are, What They Do & Why

Posted on August 30, 2017

Over 2.3 million people are affected worldwide with Multiple Sclerosis. Epidemiologist have identified factors in the distribution of MS around the world that may eventually help determine the cause of the disease. The NMSS is an excellent source for individuals living with MS, their families, healthcare providers and caregivers. They are up-to-date on the latest research, diagnostic options, medications and advancements in this disease. This short video will help you to understand this complex disease, and learn about lifestyle changes that will help you take control of your overall health or the health of your loved one with MS. Learn how you can get connected and make a difference for those affected with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Oral Care of the Dementia Patient

Posted on March 1, 2016
Topics: Dementia, Oral Care

Proper oral care can be a challenge when caring for someone with dementia. Simple, concise instructions, new techniques, and maybe even alternative equipment may be needed. This webcast will help you to help you understand and provide proper oral care for someone with dementia. 

Presenter:  Nina Galicki, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, TX
Periodontics Department - Dental Hygiene Division 

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Overactive Bladder and Incontinence in the Elderly

Posted on March 3, 2015

In this webcast, Dr. Graham gives an overview of the management of incontinence and overactive bladder elderly people often experience. This informative presentation describes various types of incontinence, how aging can affect the urinary system, and the various treatments for managing the overactive bladder and incontinence.

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Parkinson's Disease: Can We Improve Function?

Posted on March 3, 2015

If you or someone you’re caring for suffers from or has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, maintaining or improving function is an ongoing challenge. This Parkinsons information video provides an overview of the condition and how visual and auditory cues can be as effective as medications in improving gait. Also discussed is how task-specific activities can also improve gait, as well as flexibility, function, and balance. 

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence in Women

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Senior Health

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when there is weakening of the ligaments and strong tissues that hold up a woman’s pelvic organs, and it can occur due to age, pregnancy and delivery, loss of estrogen, and doing activities over time such as chronic coughing, straining with bowel movements, or lifting heavy objects. This video provides more details about pelvic organ prolapse and what women should and could expect regarding the condition.

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Personal Care Homes - A Senior Living Community Option

Posted on September 11, 2017

Presenter: Spencer Brown, CMC, LNFA, MSG, Aging Care Manager

With so many senior living community options - how do you know what is best for you or your loved one?

Spencer Brown provides the much needed information on what you need to know about senior living communities and introduces you to personal care homes. He will help you understand the differences between residental care homes and personal care homes as well as differentiate between licensed and unlicensed settings.

If you are considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one - this video will provide the answers to your many questions. 

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Powers of Attorney: Caregiver Superpowers

Posted on May 4, 2018

Presenter:  Carol Bertsch, Elder Law Attorney

The job of a caregiver is difficult, but there are tools (Powers of Attorney) that can actually make your caregiving job easier. Having these tools in place before they are needed can alleviate already stressful and tense situations. Attorney Carol Bertsch explains the differences between various powers of attorney, the rights, limitations, what they cover, how to appoint your agent(s), why you need alternate agents, when the POW become effective and more. 

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Preventing and Reversing Memory Loss

Posted on September 28, 2018

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

What if there’s no “silver bullet” in  preventing dementia? What if preventing memory loss is instead “silver buckshot”.  Studies performed are suggesting that simple lifestyle changes can prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and associated dementias.

Dr. Weiss' presentation is based on the work done by Dale Bredesen, M.D. physician-author of the book The End of Alzheimer'sThe First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline.

In order to prevent or reverse the memory loss we must step back and look at the complexities of cognitive decline. 

  • Potential Causes
  • Available Screening Tools
  • Past Medical History
  • Cognoscopy (the term coined by Dale Bredesen, MD) 

This presentation is challenging, informative and offers hope for all. 

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Preventing Suicide in Senior Communities

Posted on March 3, 2015

Suicide and seniors is a devastating but common occurrence. It’s a delicate topic that can be difficult to address but cannot be ignored. In this video, we discuss how to recognize the warning signs of suicide in seniors and how to create an environment that promotes mental health. The video also helps caregivers understand who may be at risk within a senior community and what crisis response measures can be deployed to prevent suicide in seniors.

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Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics: Senior Health
How can you prevent urinary tract infections in the elderly? This is an important topic for caregivers to understand, as it can be more common than you woud think. 

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Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Senior Health

In this video on how to prevent UTI, or urinary tract infections, Dr. Talley asserts that the solution to pollution is dilution. He encourages viewers to prevent UTIs by drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water; to not wait to empty their bladders; and to practice good hygiene and good nutrition.

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Protecting Older Adults from Identity Theft

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

Every minute, about 28 people become a victim of identity theft, and many are older adults. The U.S. Department of Justice shows that identity theft now passes drug trafficking as the number one crime in the nation. Besides losing time, money, privacy, and security, identify theft victims need assistance with the emotional impact they experience and guidance in the daunting task of resolving the situation. In this video, Kate Deaver provides basic information about elderly identity theft and how seniors and their caregivers can make sure they or the ones they care for don’t become a victim.

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Psychoactive Medications in Long Term Care

Posted on January 27, 2016

Psychoactive or psychotropic medications are any medications that are meant to affect your mind, emotions and/or behavior. Because these drugs can alter a person's behavioral tendencies or urges they can be described as "Chemical Restraints". Many of these medications have significant side effects and long-term consequences. Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Carrie Allen explains what drugs are considered psychotropic drugs, tips for evaluating behaviors, and the importance of limiting the use of these over-prescribed drugs in long-term-care facilities.  

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Q&A on Loss And Grief

Posted on March 3, 2015

This video presents a follow-up question and answer session to Part 1 of Grief and Loss. Here, Nancy Reeves, PhD, a clinical psychologist, spiritual director, and author specializing in trauma and elderly loss and grief, responds to questions from participants. 

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Quality of Life Issues for Older Adults

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

Quality of life is an important issue in all care settings. This video sparks a conversation about what quality of life means, elder mistreatment, neglect, pain, challenges, spirituality, and being a grandparent. It opens a dialogue among caregivers about the many and varied issues unique to the older population and the importance of increasing quality of care for seniors.

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Realistic Expectations: Assisting in Transitions to Memory Care

Posted on March 3, 2015

Caring for seniors who struggle with memory issues can be challenging. In this video, Wendy Carpenter, a nationally recognized presenter, shares her experience and vast knowledge regarding the decision to enter a memory care environment and the actual transition. Wendy’s presentations are always well received, and participants share that she is knowledgeable, humorous, and most of all -- realistic.

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Recipe: Kitchen Sink Veggie Pasta Salad

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Nutrition

Presenter:  Debby Boggs, R.D.
Good nutrition in the elderly does not have to be complicated. In this video, Debby Boggs of the San Antonio Food Bank, shows how to make a nutritious and delicious veggie pasta salad with cooked whole wheat pasta filled with cheese, baby spinach loaded with fiber and Vitamin A, and two cups of any type of vegetables one has on hand. 

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Recognizing and Reporting Change of Condition in your Residents

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

The goal of recognizing changes in nursing home or long-term care facility residents is to allow staff and physicians to manage and treat those residents at the facility and avoid a transfer to a hospital or emergency room. This caregiver training video provides viewers insights into the kinds of acute changes that can occur in residents abruptly or over time, and the best plan of action to take to keep residents healthy and safe.

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Relajación Basado en la Respiración

Posted on April 4, 2016
Topics: En Español

Presenter: Nancy Rosana Zalazar

Sky Meditation: Breath Based Relaxation
When the demand is greater than the energy available to meet the demand you will experience stress. This is often the case for caregivers. The presenter, a strong advocate for stress free and healthy living, will walk you through three breath based relaxation techniques than can be used to help reduce stress. A great introduction to meditation and relaxation techniques.

  • Ultimate Nostril Breathing
  • Bellows Breath
  • Ocean Sound Breath

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Relajación Guiada

Posted on April 3, 2016
Topics: En Español

Presenter: Nancy Rosana Zalazar

Sky Mediation - Guided Relaxation
The presenter explains the many benefits associated with meditation and guided relaxation. She will then walk you through a guided relaxation exercise to help you calm your mind and reduce stress. It is suggested that you watch the first video "
Relajación Basado en la Respiración" prior to watching this video. The breathing techniques will enhance your guided meditation. 

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Screening for Cancer in Nursing Home Patients: Almost Always a Bad Idea

Posted on March 3, 2015

Often free online caregiver training videos can help caregivers address a number of issues related to their patients’ health and wellbeing. This is one such video that addresses the benefits and harms of cancer screening for nursing home patients. Here, viewers can learn more about the potential pitfalls of cancer testing that can include false positives, complications, and over-diagnoses. 

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Senior Dental Care For Those With Dexterity Needs

Posted on February 16, 2016

As caregivers of older adults, caring for those with dexterity issues can make senior dental care difficult and challenging. In this video Brittney Wappes offers tips, techniques, and toothbrush modifications, to help improve dexterity and maximize independent oral care. 

Presenter:  Brittney Wappes - University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio,TX
Periodontics Department - Dental Hygiene Division 

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Senior Dental Care: Identifying Normal and Abnormal Structures in the Mouth

Posted on February 16, 2016

Issues in the mouth can have a significant impact on the quality of life, especially for seniors. Oral health is often thought to be an indicator of your overall health and wellness. This video will help caregivers of older adults who are responsible for senior dental care to identify normal oral structures as well as cancers and other suspicious lesions. 

Presenter:  Bree Valentic - University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio,TX
Periodontics Department - Dental Hygiene Division 

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Senior Safety: Be Proactive in Keeping Yourself Safe

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

Older adults are often targeted when they are shopping, walking and doing other things as part of their daily lives in public areas. In this video, Deputy Atherton outlines how seniors can take steps to protect themselves. He tells about your personal security circle, how best to carry your purse or wallet, and how to protect your identification cards and credit cards. Find out how to minimize your risk of becoming a victim with these tips for away-from-home safety for the elderly. 

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Seniors and the Side Effects of Psychotropic Medications

Posted on February 6, 2018

Presenter: Carrie Allen, PharmD, CGP

Older adults are highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of psychotropic medications which are commonly used to manage behavior and psychiatric symptoms. This video presented by Carrie Allen, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist covers:

  • What are "psychotropic" medications?
  • Why are older adults at a higher risk for side effects?
  • What are the primary classes of psychotropic medications?
  • Common side effects of anti-psychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, mood stabilizers, sedatives and stimulants.
  • What is psychosis?

This is a must watch for anyone caring for an older adult who has been prescribed psychotropic medications. 

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Sexuality and Aging

Posted on October 29, 2015
Caregivers often have to field a lot of questions from the seniors that they care for - and sometimes, these questions can prove to be a bit awkward. This is especially true when it comes sexuality and aging. How can caregivers appropriately answer these questions, and what are the best tips for talking about sexuality with the elderly? Watching this video about sexuality and aging to find out.

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Sexuality: Module 1

Posted on March 3, 2015

Module 1 of this series on sexuality and aging focuses on patients with dementia. The video describes the difficult sexual behaviors that can happen when private behavior becomes public as the result of circumstances, living situations, memory and perceptual changes, and frontal lobe problems. Caregivers get support for their situations and reassurance that such behavior is normal and expected.

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Sexuality: Module 2

Posted on March 3, 2015

Module 2 of this series on sexuality and aging explores how memory and perception can influence the behavior of older adults and those with dementia. The video describes how older people may mistake their caregiver for a spouse, or see their caregiver as a “new love,” both resulting in inappropriate behavior. Caregivers get support for their situations and reassurance that such behavior is normal and expected.

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Signs, Symptoms and Diagnoses of Urinary Tract Infections

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Senior Health

Urinary tract infections are a common issue, especially among seniors who are beginning to present with signs of dementia. In this video, urologist Dr. David Talley describes the signs, symptoms and diagnoses of urinary tract infections, with a focus on the effect of UTIs on people with dementia.

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Silence Isn't Golden

Posted on March 3, 2015

Elder abuse is one of the fastest growing crimes of the century, and it is going to be one of the most serious problems facing the criminal justice system. This video follows real-life sheriffs and lawyers investigating and prosecuting elder abuse, and gives seniors insights on how to speak out and protect themselves because “silence isn’t golden.”

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SKY Meditation: Breath Based Relaxation

Posted on August 2, 2016

Presenter: Kirti Carter, MD, MPH


When the demand is greater than the energy available to meet the demand you will experience stress. This is often the case for caregivers. Dr. Kirti Carter, a strong advocate for stress free and healthy living will walk you through three breath based relaxation techniques than can be used to help reduce stress. A great introduction to meditation and relaxation techniques.

  • Ultimate Nostril Breathing
  • Bellows Breath
  • Ocean Sound Breath

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SKY Meditation: Guided Relaxation

Posted on August 3, 2016

Presenter: Kirti Carter, MD, MPH

Dr. Kirti Carter explains the many benefits associated with meditation and guided relaxation. She will then walk you through a guided relaxation exercise to help you calm your mind and reduce stress. It is suggested that you watch Dr. Carter's first video "Sky Meditation: Breath Based Relaxation" prior to watching this video. The breathing techniques will enhance your guided meditation. 

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Sleep Problems in the Elderly

Posted on February 6, 2017

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss, Geriatric Psychologist

One-third of our life is spent sleeping - but sleep is much more than simply resting. Sleep is an important and essential element for a person's health and well being. A lack of regular sufficient sleep can create a large spectrum of symptoms and problems with energy levels, immune systems, cellular structures, and memory - all of which are being repaired or restored as you sleep.

Dr. Thomas Weiss will cover the following and more about sleep: 

  • The Functions of Sleep
  • Physiology of Sleep
  • Sleep Stages

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Spirituality and Aging

Posted on March 3, 2015

Presenter: Nancy Schweers

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STARS: Steps Against Recurrent Stroke

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Senior Health

People who have suffered a stroke or brain attack are more likely to have a subsequent stroke at some time in their life. However it can be prevented. In this video by the National Stroke Association, experts and stroke victims discuss steps against recurrent strokes including addressing health, diet, and physical activity, and how to recognize the signs of stroke if one should happen again.

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Staying Independent Longer with Adaptive Equipment and Strengthening Exercises

Posted on March 16, 2017

Presenter:  Natasha Dinani - Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

When mobility isn't what it used to be due to increased age, injuries from falls, or joint replacements - assistance may be needed to fulfill many of our activities of daily living.

This video will guide you through six adaptive devices that will assist you with bathing and dressing.

  • Dressing Stick
  • Reacher/Grabber
  • Long Handle Shoe Horn
  • Button Hook
  • Sock Aid
  • Long Handle Sponge

The presenter will also cover upper body and hand strengthening exercises that will assist you or your aging loved one to increase strength and gain independence in fulfilling activities of daily living. 

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Strategies For Keeping Rx Costs Down

Posted on March 3, 2015

The cost of prescription medications can create tremendous hardship as people age. In this video, the presenter teaches caregivers and patients how to keep RX costs down by providing several cost-saving strategies. Viewers learn how to use a formulary, price shop medications, and access available community and government resources.

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Strategies For Keeping Rx Costs Down (Spanish)

Posted on March 3, 2015

Medications are expensive - the presenter Augustin C. Monetmoyor  will teach you ways to keep your costs down by using formulary tools actually provided by your insurance company, learning about actual costs of medications, how they are billed, and when and why to use generics instead of brand name medications.

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Street Sense for Seniors: It’s Common Sense

Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

Be alert and have street savvy. These are two basic tips Deputy Atherton gives when he addresses cons against the elderly and the need for older adults to avoid danger when they are involved in activities outside their homes. Deputy Atherton explains how to use an ATM machine in ways that minimize your risk and what seniors should know about traveling in cars. These practical and important tips can keep seniors from becoming victims.

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Substance Abuse in the Elderly (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 3, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
In this informative video addressing substance abuse and the elderly, Dr. Thomas Weiss explains several points including how addiction can affect people of all ages, and how few people realize the true extent of substance abuse by the elderly. He asserts that regardless of age, substance abuse must be considered a major cause of emotional and physical disability.

*To access the Spanish Subtitles – Please Click Here

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Sugar and Spice, Not Everything's a Vice

Posted on March 3, 2015

Diabetes affects almost 26 million people in the U.S.—roughly 8 percent of the population. Based on this, caregivers of elders must understand nutrition and diabetes medications and seniors. Presented by George M. Rapier, MD, Geriatrician and the Chairman and CEO of WellMed Medical Management, this video helps caregivers make wise choices for seniors to better manage diabetes through medicine and diet. 

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Sundowning - Difficult Behavior at the End of the Day

Posted on July 13, 2016

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
If your caregiving duties become extra challenging in the late afternoon, you're not alone. In fact, many people experience behavioral changes such as confusion, anxiety, agitation, or aggressiveness with increased motor activity like pacing, wandering, resistance to redirection, and increased verbal activity like yelling during this particular time of day. In this webcast Dr. Weiss walked us through this common phenomenon known as "Sundowning" or "Nocturnal Delirium" and helps us understand the underlying causes, risk factors, epidemiology, and management techniques.

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Surviving Norovirus - Not Just a Cruise Ship Issue

Posted on March 3, 2015

With 21 million cases identified each year, it is understandable to have concerns about the norovirus in seniors. Noroviris is often associated with outbreaks on cruise ships, but the most commonly reported settings of the virus are actually healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and hospitals. Prevention and control of this virus is essential for the well-being of residents and staff.  In this informative webcast you will learn the key factors about norovirus, how to identify and manage an outbreak, and tips for preventing the spread of this potentially dangerous illness.

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Tell Me What YOU Do!

Posted on March 5, 2015

This long-term care education video provides an inside look at the role of each employee in long-term care facilities and shares a unique perspective about all departments, services, and care coordination that occurs in serving residents. If you think you know about all the employees who work in long-term care, you may be surprised by this presentation. 

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Ten Commandments of Caregiving

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

Caregiving can be an experience of confusion, challenge, and mixed emotions. Based on this, an import aspect of caregiving training is addressing compassion fatigue -- the fatigue, depression, fear, and anxiety that can build up as we care for others over time. This video presents 10 commandments of caregiving that can help caregivers take care of their own mind, body, and soul as they care for their loved ones.

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The Aging Eye

Posted on March 5, 2015

Holding reading material further away, squinting, or finding ourselves needing extra lighting: These are all behaviors we exhibit having aging eyes. In this video, Dr. Joseph Zayac provides an overview of ocular anatomy and explains the various conditions that can develop as eyes age.

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The Case for Hepatitis C Screening in Baby Boomers

Posted on February 10, 2016

Hepatitis C is the most common blood borne infection.This common yet often undiagnosed virus can lead to liver failure and cancer if not detected early.

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The Economic Condition of the U.S. and its Relation to Healthcare Reform

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics:

Caregivers and loved ones making decisions about health care often have questions about the economy, healthcare reform, and its effect on senior healthcare. This video outlines the key financial issues of healthcare reform, which is projected to cost $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. 

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The Emotional and Spiritual Attributes of Caregiving

Posted on October 29, 2015
Presenter: Darwin L. Huartson, M.Div. BCC

What qualities make up a great caregiver? Often times, things like love, patience, and communication are what you most commonly think of when you think of caregiving. But there are many emotional and spiritual attributes to look for as well. Learn more about the many aspects of caregiving.

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The Harsh Realities of Diabetes and the Elderly

Posted on March 5, 2015

Diabetes in the elderly affects much more than blood glucose levels. In elderly patients, the disease can accelerate other common conditions among seniors and markedly complicate the management of those conditions. This video explains how the care of aging patients with diabetes should be individualized, taking into account comorbidities, other medications, cognitive abilities, home care situation, and life expectancy.

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The Nature of Coping - Part 1: An Overview

Posted on March 5, 2015

This video provides a series of answers to questions that develop as people care for others at home or in a health care facility. Serving as a prayer for caregivers, this video explores areas such as what advice can one give to support families who are in “disagreement” in order to best support the patient? And, when someone “loses faith,” how important is it to force the faith issue?

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The Nature of Coping - Part 2: A Caregiver Perspective

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

The nature of caregiving calls for us to also understand the nature of coping. In this prayer for caregivers, the presenter describes the challenges of caregiver coping and religious coping, as well opportunities for growth as caregivers.  

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The Nature of Coping - Q&A Session

Posted on March 5, 2015

In this question and answer session on The Nature of Coping, the presenter responds to inquiries from professional caregivers, such as what is the best way to support families who are in “disagreement” in order to best support the patient. The answers provide clarification and a prayer for caregivers in their own coping and the coping of their loved ones.

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The Painful Truth About Lewy Body Dementia - A Personal Story

Posted on February 13, 2018

An up close and personal story of caring from a caregiver's perspective -  Dawn Hamilton was motivated to share her experiences of caring for her husband who suffered from Lewy Body Dementia in hopes of helping others who are experiencing this difficult disease. She shares actual footage of her husband John's painful hallucinations, her thoughts and feelings about the difficulties she faced convincing doctors that something was not right, her advice about what she learned along the way, and how laughter helped them get through some of the difficult days.

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The Perfect Med Pass

Posted on February 23, 2016

Presenter: Carrie Allen, PharmD, CGP

A “med pass” is the common term used to describe the process of dispensing medicine to nursing home patients as ordered. Medication errors in nursing homes and other inpatient medical facilities are recognized as a common problem in the medical field. This webcast covers the skills necessary to conduct a perfect med-pass and ensure the safety of both the resident and the nurse.

  • Professionalism
  • Hippa
  • Technical
  • Infection Control
  • Med Safety

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The Physiology of Aging: Beyond Graying Hair

Posted on March 5, 2015

Graying hair and furrowing facial lines may say to the world that someone is aging, but aging is not just about the way we look. There are physiological changes elderly people go through that can be much more obvious and create a major impact on daily functioning. This video discusses what happens physiologically as we age, and how the decline of organ systems may be rapid and dramatic, or slow and subtle.

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The Relationship of Spirituality and Dementia

Posted on March 5, 2015

In this video on spirituality and dementia, Jan McCann, RN, MHSP, of the Long Term Care Institute at Texas State University, addresses some of the spiritual and emotional challenges faced by residents in long-term care. She explains how caregivers can best care for loved ones when those needs end up taking a back seat to physical care needs and regulatory priorities. 

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They're Your Parents, Too!

Posted on October 29, 2015
One of the most challenging things a family can go through is needing to place a parent into assisted living, or, start caring for a parent themselves. This scenario can be made much more difficult and stressful if your siblings are not involved, as the whole situation can seem unfair. Is one sibling providing more care than the others? How are finances being handled? In this video about siblings and aging parents, caregivers will learn how to best communicate with family members. 

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Tips for Protecting You and Your Home from Burglary

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Quality of Life

Home break-ins happen all too frequently, and protecting your home is imperative, especially in the case of seniors. Even if you think you have nothing to steal, you do. Crooks are looking for valuables, along with personal papers, financial information, and even Medicare statements that will aid in identity theft. They are even seeking medications, painkillers, and any other pills you may have. In this video, Deputy Sandy Atherton gives tips for how to stop elderly home invasions, covering how to secure doors and windows and set up outside barriers. 

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Top 10 Medication Terms Everyone Should Know

Posted on August 3, 2016
Topics: Medications

Presenter: Maria Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Medications are complex and unfortunately we have all made mistakes when it comes to medications. This short video will give you a clearer undersanding of these 10 medication terms to help you avoid potential medication errors. 

  • Side Effects
  • Generics
  • Drug Interactions
  • Beers List 
  • Formulary
  • Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs
  • Medication Adherence
  • Over Use
  • Under Use
  • Polypharmacy

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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Hearing Aid (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 5, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Jane Watson, Audiologist

When you or someone you’re caring for needs a hearing aid, it can generate many questions. One hearing aid FAQ is "What should I ask before I buy?" In this video audiologist Dr. Jane Watson answers this question plus four others addressing new technologies, price, and more. 

*To access the Spanish Subtitles – Please Click Here

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Top Ten Tips for Reducing the Risk of Becoming the Next Victim of Elder Abuse

Posted on March 5, 2015

Elder abuse can be difficult to recognize and prove because victims are often overlooked, ignored, disbelieved, or simply abandoned. With over a decade of experience as an elder abuse prosecutor with the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, Paul Greenwood shares ten tips he has learned through experience with hundreds of elder abuse cases that can help prevent abuse. This video helps older adults, caregivers, and professionals working with elders become more aware of the types of crimes that are being done against seniors, and take active, effective steps to protect older people and ensure they do not become victims of elder abuse.

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Transfer Trauma

Posted on March 5, 2015

Seniors who become sick or injured often are admitted to emergency rooms or hospitals. While these places provide excellent medical care, they often introduce a new risk to patients in the form of transfer trauma, increased infections, bedsores, and other serious conditions. In this video, Dr. Raji provides an informative look at how we can reduce the need for transfers and avoid the infections and other conditions that often accompany them. By watching this video, families and caregivers can learn important information to better care for patients and help take the trauma out of transfers. 

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Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

Posted on March 5, 2015

Male sexual dysfunction can have a significant impact on adult men of all ages. When it comes to erectile dysfunction, elderly patients are no exception. This video discusses how male sexual dysfunction can affect orgasm capacity, ejaculation, libido, and the health and happiness of partners, as well as the many treatment options available.

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Treatments for Stress Urinary Incontinence in Men

Posted on March 5, 2015

The incidence of stress urinary incontinence in men can increase with age. This video discusses the condition and male incontinence treatment options, including the use of pads, catheters, and clamps and practicing kegel exercises, which involve the contraction and relaxation of perineal muscles. Also discussed are medications, injectable bulking agents, and surgery.

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Tricks and Traps in the Medicare Maze

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

People who turn 65 or are under 65 and have a disability may be eligible for Medicare, and it is common to think that Medicare plans cover all medical expenses such as hospital stays. However, that is not always the case. You may find yourself wondering, what is Medicare, and why are you being billed for things that Medicare doesn’t cover. This informative presentation discusses the top eight Medicare issues that can cost you money and how to navigate your way through them.

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Understanding Bladder Infections (UTIs) in Post Menopausal Women

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Senior Health

Bladder infections after menopause are common five years after menopause or after taking estrogen supplements. This video walks users through the causes of bladder infections or UTIs in women after menopause and discusses treatments and solutions. 

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Understanding Caregiver Stress When Dealing with Dementia

Posted on October 28, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Beth Goethe and Dr. Martha Leatherman

In this presentation by Dr. Beth Goethe and Dr. Martha E. Leatherman, you'll learn how to appropriately interact with and treat seniors dealing with dementia. For those looking for videos of caregiving training online, this is an important piece to learn as you or your staff interact with people dealing with dementia.

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Understanding Food Labels for Good Health

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Nutrition

The federal government mandates that all packaged food must have a food label. Understanding these labels is essential for good nutrition in the elderly and in people of all ages. This video teaches viewers how to read and understand food labels, and ignore manufacturer claims made on packaging as they’re going through the grocery store. The most important rule: Read it before you buy it.

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Understanding Low Vision

Posted on March 5, 2015

As we get older, our vision diminishes. Simply put, we do not see how we used to see. But there is good news. With low vision rehabilitation there are ways to teach individuals with vision loss how to perform daily tasks with reduced visual function. In this video, Dr. Sandra Fox discusses the role of the low vision optometrist, and what to expect during an evaluation.

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Understanding Low Vision Rehabilitation

Posted on March 5, 2015

In low vision rehabilitation, the goal is to teach the individual with vision loss how to perform daily tasks with reduced visual function. In this video, Dr. Sandra Fox discusses the role of the low vision optometrist, what to expect during the evaluation, and how to get the most out of low vision rehabilitation.

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Understanding PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Posted on January 18, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Weiss
Caring for someone who is suffering from PTSD is difficult at best. PTSD is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This disorder can have significant impact on functioning and quality of life, and it should be diagnosed and treated according to the best available evidence. In this presentation Navy Reserve Psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Weiss, discusses the physiology, symptoms, diagnostics and treatments of PTSD and will help you to understand the disorder and allow you to better care for your loved one.

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Updated Beers Criteria for 2012

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Medications

This video helps viewers understand and apply the 2012 Beers List of potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults to real-life situations.

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Vaccinations and Immunizations for Older Adults

Posted on October 29, 2018

Due to weakened immune systems, older adults may experience difficulties in fighting off infections and have an increased risk for susceptibility to flu, pneumonia, and shingles and other diseases. With this increased risk the need for vaccinations increases. Geriatric Pharmacist Carrie Allen explains why seniors are at an increased risk, what vaccinations they should be receiving, how long the vaccine will last, and how the vaccine will protect you and those around you. She also provides the viewers with the potential immunization side effects and who you should report to should you experience an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

  • Influenza "flu"
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine 

If you have questions about immunizations/vaccines - Geriatric Pharmacist Carrie Allen will answer them. 

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Visiting Your Parishioner with Dementia: Tips for Clergy Serving Seniors (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 5, 2015

This energetic, enlightening video provides specific details and role-playing scenarios for pastors and clergy on how to visit and genuinely connect with a person who has dementia. While the focus may be aimed at pastors, the video provides a prayer for caregivers everywhere, offering family members and healthcare professionals information they will value.

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Walkers, Canes and more: How to use Assistive Devices

Posted on March 5, 2015

If you’re caring for an older person, it is natural to have questions about how to use assisted devices. Properly using devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices is essential for the senior’s stability, safety, and security. This video teaches caregivers how to safely use and adjust assisted devices, revealing the common mistakes people often make and how to avoid them. The presenter also discusses safe transfers and how to navigate different terrains. 

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Wandering and Elopement: Keeping Seniors Safe

Posted on July 31, 2017

Presenter:  Maria Wellisch, RN, LNFA

Wandering and elopement are very real threats for someone suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. For caregivers this is of great concern. Raising awareness, understanding the risk factors, and taking appropriate preventative measures can lead to best outcomes.The information in this video will greatly assist those caring for someone in the home or professional caregivers in long term care settings in keeping our aging loved ones safe.

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What Can I Do When My Blood Sugar Gets Low (Hypoglycemia)?

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Diabetes

If you’re a caregiver, an important issue to keep in mind is hypoglycemia in seniors. Some people with diabetes know the symptoms of low blood sugar and what to do when their blood sugar gets low. However, many do not know what to do to avoid a drop in blood sugar. Others don’t know the symptoms of low blood sugar, what to do if their blood sugar gets low, or how to avoid it. This video helps people with diabetes – and especially seniors and their caregivers – ensure the best care possible when blood sugar drops.

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What Confuses Us About Over the Counter Medication - Part 1 (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Medications

An important part of being a senior caregiver is understanding the many available medications for elderly patients, including over-the-counter (OTC) ones. This can be challenging, as most people take OTC drugs and supplements without a second thought. Other times, we stand before an array of different medicines and are left with questions: Which one is best for headaches? What is the difference among anti-inflammatory medications? What should elders steer clear of? In this first installment of our two-part video series, we answer these questions to help you better manage medications for elderly patients and know the perks and pitfalls of powerful OTC drugs.

*To access the Spanish Subtitles – Please Click Here

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What Confuses Us About Over the Counter Medication - Part 2 (Subtitles in Spanish)*

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Medications

An important part of being a senior caregiver is understanding the many available medications for elderly patients, including over-the-counter (OTC) ones. This can be challenging, as most people take OTC drugs and supplements without a second thought. Other times, we stand before an array of different medicines and are left with questions: Which one is best for headaches? What is the difference among anti-inflammatory medications? What should elders steer clear of? In this second installment of our two-part video series, we answer these questions to help you better manage medications for elderly patients and know the perks and pitfalls of powerful OTC drugs.

*To access the Spanish Subtitles – Please Click Here

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What Does Being 'Directly Responsible' for the Dental Care of NF Residents Mean?

Posted on October 29, 2015
Senior dental care can be a difficult topic to handle. Who is directly responsible for the dental care of residents? What are the best ways for seniors to maintain quality oral health? If you are a caregiver, or you have a staff to train, watch this free video to learn more about senior dental care.

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What Does Music Therapy Look Like?

Presenter:  Amy Standridge, MM, MT-BC, Music Therapist - Board Certified  

Music Therapy has been proven to connect with those who are not always easy to connect with due to either cognitive decline or other disabilities. This new way of breaking through and touching older adults with music is rapidly growing in popularity and acceptance. But what does a music therapy actually look like? Join music therapist Amy Standridge, MM, MT-BC, as she conducts a music therapy group session. Amy has been a board certified music therapist since the year 2000.  She loves what she does and she want to share the benefits of music therapy with others by showing you what an actual session might look like. 

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What happened with my mother's cashmere sweater??!!

Posted on October 29, 2015
While there are many benefits of employing a caregiver (or assisted living facility) to care for your aging parents, an unfortunate scenario may come up: caregiver theft. How can you best protect your loved ones from caregiver theft, and how can you discern between something being misplaced versus actually stolen? Watch this video to find out. 

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What is a Foley Catheter? How do I care for a Foley Catheter?

Posted on March 5, 2015

There is often confusion and questions surrounding the use of a Foley catheter. In this presentation, urologist David Talley, MD, demonstrates the types, use, and care of a Foley catheter, alleviating fears and anxieties and making caregivers and patients feel more comfortable about its use.

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What is a “Geriatrician” and Do I Need One?

Posted on March 5, 2015

As a caregiver to an older adult, you are probably juggling multiple doctors, specialists, prescription drugs, tests and more. The thought of adding another doctor to the mix probably doesn't seem like a good idea. Yet, a geriatrician might be just who you are looking for. Just as a pediatrician tends to the needs of a child, a geriatrician is trained to care for the special needs of seniors. In this video, you’ll learn more about the role of geriatricians and how they can help the senior in your life.

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What is an Ombudsman?

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info

There comes a time for most people when living independently is no longer an option. But, a move to a long-term care facility and the loss of independence can cause concern for many seniors. At this time, residents and families can find needed support from a facility ombudsman. This video discusses the role of the ombudsman and how they can help residents and families find peace of mind as they make a transition out of their homes and into long-term care.

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Posted on August 29, 2017

Presenter: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Multiple Sclerosis is a complex disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord. MS can cause an variety of unpredictable symptoms such as numbness, tingling, fatigue, blindness, paralysis and more. This short video will help you to understand this complex disease, available therapies and treatment options and where to go to learn more about MS. 

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What is Music Therapy?

Presenter:  Amy Standridge, MM, MT-BC, Music Therapist - Board Certified  

Through scientific research, music therapy is known to increase physical, mental, and social/emotional functioning. Music therapist Amy Standridge, MM, MT-BC, gives an overview of music therapy for those interested in learning new ways to encourage positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors and reduce the negative ones. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person's quality of life - this is especially true for those with cognitive decline.  Learn more about this growing field of Music Therapy, the effects on the brain, and how music therapy can help you as a caregiver improve the quality of life for your loved ones or your clients. 

Reference: Oak Song Music Therapy and Consulting Services, http://oaksongmusictherapy.com/

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What is Pastoral Care? Community of Hope

Posted on March 2, 2015

In this video, the presenter the Rev. Dr. Helen Appelberg reaches out to communities and welcomes both seniors and caregivers challenged by physical concerns and other health issues. Highlighting “The Servant Song,” this prayer for caregivers reminds us that we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.

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What Is the Admission Process? What Do I Need to Do

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info
When you finally make the decision to admit your parent or loved one into a nursing home, you want to process to go as smoothly as possible. And while the admission process isn't much of a hurdle, it can be daunting for those dealing with the emotions of their family. Watch this video to learn how you can get your loved one admitted to a nursing home.

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What Is the Role of the Hospital Case Manager? How Is It Connected to Admissions?

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info
Training for hospice workers and caregivers is incredibly important, as you want to ensure the best experiences and quality of care are being provided at all times. Often, this causes those is the caregiving field to search for online video webcasts for hospice administrators. One of the most common videos people search for is actually right here: What is the Role of the Hospital Case Manager?

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What Men Need To Know

Posted on March 5, 2015

In this tips for aging video, urologist Dr. David Talley leads a discussion about men's health issues including prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, and erectile dysfunction. Dr. Talley explains that these are three of the most common issues that can have a real impact on men’s lives. 

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What should I ask when selecting an Assisted Living Facility? What IS an Assisted Living Facility?

Posted on October 29, 2015
Topics: Caregiver Info
What is assisted living? What is important when selecting a facility for your loved one? These are common questions that families search out when they make the decision to find care for their parent or loved one. 

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What to Look for in a Long Term Care Facility

Posted on October 29, 2015

What should you look for in a long term care facility? What are the most important questions to ask? Who should you be speaking with? All of these are important questions that families often need answers to when they make the decision to find care for a loved one or parent. 

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When is it Time to Stop Dementia Medications?

Posted on May 3, 2017

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss

When patients are nearing end stage dementia the question often arises "When is it time to stop dementia medications?" This is a really difficult question for many and unfortunately there is not an easy answer. Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Weiss will walk you through this hard decision and give you guidelines and examples of what you should consider when making this onerous decision. 

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Who Decides When You Can't: Advance Directives

Posted on April 15, 2016

Presenter: Carol Bertsch - Elder Law Attorney, San Antonio, Texas

Attorney Carol Bertsch gives an overview of what older adults and their families should consider related to advance care planning. Her presentation provides a foundation for individuals and families to use as they consider what they want to do in terms of advance care planning.

  • What are advance directives?
  • What do they do?
  • Who needs one? 

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Why Is It Important to Monitor My Blood Sugar?

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Diabetes

Blood sugar monitor elderly – This is a common search that older adults with diabetes often perform to understand why they should regularly monitor their blood sugar. Many people with diabetes “prick” their fingers, but don’t understand why they have to do it. They don’t check their blood sugar, or they frequently stop doing it because “it hurts,” “my sugar is always high,” “I feel okay,” “the strips are expensive,” “I am scared of needles” or other reasons. This video module explains the importance of – and reasons for -- monitoring blood sugar in the elderly.

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Women’s Urinary Health Concerns

Posted on March 5, 2015
Topics: Senior Health

Ladies, does coughing, sneezing, laughing or simple lifting cause you to suddenly leak urine? Are you always running to the bathroom and worried that you might not make it in time? Bladder weakness, also known as urinary incontinence, affects millions of women, but simple, effective solutions are available. This video addresses women’s common urinary health concerns, including the types of female urinary tract infections or women UTI, along with the causes and treatments. 

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Wound Care Assessment: The Science of Wound Healing

Posted on December 19, 2017
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series covered classification of wounds, and the concepts of wound healing. In Part 3 - the presenter will continue with the concepts involved in wound assessment including location, size, depth, tunneling/undermining, tissue type, wound edges, exudate and periwound area using a wound assessment model. This video also includes a demonstration on undermining and tunneling in wound care. 

Note: This is Pt. 3 of a series of wound care trainings: The Science of Wound Healing

Part 1: Wound Classification
Part 2: What is Wound Healing?
Part 4: Wound Management

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Wound Care Classification: The Science of Wound Healing

Posted on December 19, 2017
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

Wound assessment and classification is an important cornerstone which allows you to determine a plan of care and move on to properly manage the patient's wound. This video covers: 

  • Wound Classifications
  • Wound Thickness
  • Systematic Wound Assessment
  • Phases of Wound Healing
  • Principles of Wound Management
Note: This is Pt. 1 of a series of wound care trainings: The Science of Wound Healing

Part 2: What is Wound Healing?
Part 3: Wound Assessment
Part 4: Wound Management

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Wound Care Healing: The Science of Wound Healing

Posted on December 19, 2017
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

In Part 1 of this series we discussed the classification of wounds, partial vs. full thickness wounds, and the staging of pressure injuries. In Part 2  the presenter will move on to the concepts of wound healing. Having a good understanding of what wound healing entails is important to determining treatment strategy. This video covers the following on wound healing:

  • Healing Differences Between Partial and Full Thickness Wounds 
  • Regeration Healing
  • Tissue Repair
  • Hemostasis & Inflammation
  • Proliferation 
  • Re-epithelialization
  • Maturation/Remodeling
(Note: This is Pt. 2 of a series of wound care trainings: The Science of Wound Healing)

Part 1: Wound Classification 
Part 3: Wound Assessment
Part 4: Wound Management

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Wound Care Management: The Science of Wound Healing

Posted on December 19, 2017
Topics: Diabetes, Wound Care

Presenter: Dianne Murray Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN, UTHSCSA

In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series covered classification of wounds, and the concepts of wound healing and assessments. In this final module - the presenter covers wound management, which includes:

  • Cleansing
  • Tissue Management
  • Debridement
  • Infection
  • Moisture Balance
  • Edges
  • Epibole
  • Factors that affect healing
  • Pain

Note: This is Pt. 4 of a series of wound care trainings: The Science of Wound Healing

Part 1: Wound Classification 
Part 2: What is Wound Healing?
Part 3: Wound Assessment

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¿Qué debo buscar al seleccionar un lugar para mi anciano querido? (What should I look for when selecting an Assisted Living Facility?)

Posted on June 1, 2014
Topics: En Español
 

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