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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/


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. 


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?



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.



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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 


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


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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