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Personal Care Crisis Summit on Fox News
Splaine Consulting designed and facilitated the Personal Care Crisis summit held last month in Clark County Nevada. Splaine Consulting provided the policy context for the summit and brought together key stakeholders including personal care agency leaders, healthcare
workers, county officials, Nevada Senior Services, and others who are actively seeking solutions to the shortage of personal care aid (PCA) workers in Clark County. The summit outlined an action plan and next steps for short-term and long-term solutions. A report of specific recommendations for action to Clark County Officials will be issued shortly. Fox News covered the summit and the crisis of senior Nevadans not getting basic care visits due to worker shortages.
Click HERE to read more and watch the video.
How Does One Engage in Brain Research?
Southern Caregiver Resource Center invites San Diego residents to a virtual resentation to learn how you can be a research participant. Aging advocate, Mike Splaine will talk about the hows and whys of participating in brain health research.
This presentation is helpful for anyone interested in research, including those experiencing cognitive decline, family members and caregivers, and even healthy volunteers.
This presentation will be available on two separate dates and times. Register here for Wednesday, November 3rd, from 10am-11am PST or Register here for November 10th, from 5pm-6pm PST.
One research opportunity that will be highlighted in the presentation is the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Research Study. The UCSD researchers are currently enrolling people with Alzheimer’s Disease ages of 50-83 who live in the San Diego area. Research participants will receive memantine, an FDA approved treatment for AD free of cost and participants will receive compensation for their time. Interested in this study? Visit HERE.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Upcoming Events
Splaine Consulting is looking forward to these upcoming events. We hope to see you there!
- Healthy People 2030 and Dementia hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association on November 3rd
- Geriontology Society of America (GSA) Scientific Meeting on November 10-13
- Lausanne VIII Workshop on November 15-18
November is National Family Caregivers Month
For this year’s National Family Caregivers Month in November, Caregiver Action Network is undertaking a national, digital campaign called #CaregiverAnd. #CaregiverAnd encourages family caregivers to celebrate the identities and passions that enrich their lives. This digital campaign will highlight the roles, activities, and passions that make up the lives of family caregivers. Far too often the role of family caregiver overshadows the identity of those caring for their loved ones. As family caregivers juggle their many responsibilities, they may lose sight of who they are beyond the caregiver role.
Additionally, here are some great books, websites, and more caregiver resources.
Unmet Needs for Assistance Related to Subjective Coginitive Decline
Subjective cognitive decline (SCD), the self-reported worsening of memory, is one way to measure cognitive impairment. Evidence suggests that people with SCD experience reduced quality of life in mental, physical, and social health domains.
Unmet needs in dementia care are associated with institutionalization, poor health, and lower quality of life, diminishing the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of the person experiencing SCD.
This study published by Cambridge University Press, examined the prevalence and effect of SCD-related unmet needs among community dwelling middle-aged older adults experiencing SCD in the United States. Learn more and access the study here.
Protect Against Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
Professionals working in mental health, finance and health care can assess their client’s risk of financial exploitation with free tools and overview videos on Older Adult Nest Egg.
All tools were created by Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, and a national expert in the prevention of financial exploitation in older adults. Major funding for olderadultnestegg.com and its tools came from the Department of Justice, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
Living Alone and Connected!
Living Alone and Connected! (LAAC) is an online community made for persons living alone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Through dynamic content and interactive online events, LAAC’s mission is to lessen the effects of the existing social isolation many people with Alzheimer’s already faced, isolation that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Living Alone and Connected! hosts events and programs that include happy hours, live museum tours, arts nights, and educational presentations, all held live through the Facebook group. Through creativity we will create connectivity! You might live alone, but you don’t have to feel alone.
Living Alone and Connected! is a Facebook group hosted and moderated by Cognitive Solutions, LLC. Living Alone and Connected! is supported in part by a cooperative agreement NV90ALGG0015 from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
If you, or someone you care for, has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and lives in a single household, please join or share the Living Alone and Connected! Facebook group.
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Our history with this unique program goes all the way back to its creation and initial funding in the 1990’s through to the present in which we have been a consultant to several of the grantees, with a special focus on the live alone population and guiding stakeholder development and sustainability strategy in the translating evidence based programs into community use.
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