Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, a not-for-profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, offers many educational events each year, often in conjunction with area senior centers. Observing current social guidelines and restrictions, the Center for Healthy Aging is continuing to provide pertinent health information through webinars and video conferencing.
Here are some upcoming events, all available by either phone or video conference:
Call-In Caregivers Support Group
Caregivers support groups provide emotional, educational and social support in a positive and uplifting atmosphere for those who care for an older loved one, particularly those with dementia. For many years, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging has offered monthly in-person support groups at numerous senior living communities and senior centers to focus on stages of the disease, communication, strategies and family dynamics.
To observe safe social practices, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is hosting two call-in caregivers support groups each week led by dementia specialists and resource coordinators.
The call-in groups are held Mondays, 10 a.m., and Fridays, 2 p.m. At the meeting time, participants can call 860.972.6338 and enter access code 19623#.
Participants do not need to have attended a caregivers support group in the past. Confidential discussion and telephonic assessments can also be had one-on-one with a dementia professional outside of the online group.
Webinars: The Pursuit of Men’s Health — A Path to Health & Wellness
There is much that goes into staying healthy – eating well, exercising and having regular checkups. However, there are key issues that men should address and there are certain questions that they should ask. Nicholas Arsenault, transitional care nurse with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, will discuss important health topics related to helping men stay healthy and on the road to long-term wellness.
Tuesday, July 28, 1 to 2 p.m., (in conjunction with Cheshire Senior Center). No registration is required. To join the webinar via Zoom, click here.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10 to 11 a.m., (in conjunction with Windsor Senior Center). RSVP to Windsor Senior Center, 860.285.1992.
Five-Part Dementia Caregiver Series
A free, five-part virtual dementia caregiving series can provide the tips and strategies to gain greater insights into caring for a loved one with dementia.
Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is providing a five-week series beginning Aug. 3. Dementia specialists and resource coordinators will lead the programs.
The series will cover:
- Session 1: Overview of Dementia
- Session 2: Basics of Good Communication and Understanding Behaviors
- Session 3: Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities
- Session 4: Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options
- Session 5: Overview of Community Resources that May Be Helpful.
The event will be held Mondays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m. No registration is required. The Zoom virtual meeting ID number is 941 0181 5848.
Virtual Movement Disorders Caregivers Support Group (Bi-monthly)
In deference to social distancing guidelines, the Movement Disorders Caregivers Support Group is being held via video conferencing.
The sessions are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. Upcoming dates are Aug. 4 and 18.
Meetings begin with a brief clinician-led presentation and each session spotlights a different caregiver/ care partner topic. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences. This support group is sponsored by Chase Family Movement Disorder Center and Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.
Facilitators are Jennifer McCaughey, of Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Amanda Brill and Jennifer Lambert of the Chase Family Movement Disorder Center.
Webinars: Storm Preparedness – Being Medically Ready
Prevention and preparedness build the foundation to make a positive impact when it comes to a medical emergency during a storm. A free webinar — “Storm Preparedness – How Can You be Ready?” — will include the steps to prepare health emergency plans for people with long-term health conditions and essential tips to take before a storm hits.
The event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, 10 to 11 a.m., (in conjunction with West Hartford Senior Center). Kaitlin Cuas, transitional care nurse with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, will present the program. To join the webinar via Zoom, click here.
Virtual Caregiver Support Groups
In the past, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging hosted monthly in-person caregivers support groups. In adherence to social distancing guidelines, some of these groups are now being held via video conferencing. In conjunction with Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, the Center for Healthy Aging virtual caregivers support group is being held on the third Monday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The next session will be held Aug. 17.
This group is sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. For Zoom information and to register, call Patty O’Brian, dementia specialist, at 203.859.1992.
Webinar: Understanding Lymphedema
The World Health Organization estimates that over 250 million people worldwide live with lymphedema or chronic swelling. It is a disease that can cause pain, limit mobility and cause individuals to be insecure about themselves.
Hartford HealthCare will present the webinar, “Understanding Lymphedema,” on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Presenter Theresa Plant, certified lymphedema therapist from Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, will discuss the causes and effects of swelling, ways to manage the condition, and how skilled occupational and physical therapy can help.
Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is a not-for-profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Each of the 12 resource and assessment centers are designed to enhance access to services and information related to attaining optimal quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. For more information about Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, click here or call 1.877.424.4641.
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