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Caregiver Training Videos

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 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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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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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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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. 

Additional Videos Presented by Elder Care Attorney Carol Bertsch:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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