Hartford HealthCare Senior Services for July



Virtual Dementia Caregiver
Series
 

A free 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 presenting the five-week series on Thursdays, July 22 and 29, from 11 a.m. to noon. A certified dementia specialist with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging will lead the programs.

Topics will include: 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; and Session 5: Overview of Community Resources that May Be Helpful.

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is sponsoring the series. Registration is required; call 1-855-442-4373 or visit www.HHCHealth.org/VirtualClasses. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.

For more information about Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, visit http://hhccenterforhealthyaging.org or call 1-877-424-4641.

Virtual Healthy Brain Series 

Strategies and information on maintaining an active and engaged brain is the focus of a free five-part series presented by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. The Healthy Brain Series will take place Wednesdays, July 21, 28 and Aug. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m.

A certified dementia specialist with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, the program sponsor, will present the series.

Topics will include: Session 1: Challenge Your Mind Daily – Activities To Keep Your; Mind Sharp; Session 2: Feeding the Brain – The Importance of Diet and Hydration; Session 3: Benefits of a Purposeful Life: Finding Meaningful Engagement as You Age; Session 4: Good Sleep and Brain Power; and Session 5: The Blue Zones – Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

Registration is required; call 1-855-442-4373 or go online to www.HHCHealth.org/VirtualClasses. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.

Virtual Class: Focused Awareness Meditation

Focused Awareness Meditation is a simple, five-step technique that can help people feel more relaxed, focused and calm. A free virtual class about this topic will take place Tuesday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to have a large towel or a small blanket for proper positioning in their chair. Presenter will be Christine Solimini-Swift, exercise physiologist with Hartford HealthCare’s GoodLife Fitness. This program is sponsored by GoodLife Fitness.

Registration is required; call 1-855-442-4373 or go online to www.Hartford HealthCare.org/VirtualClasses. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the webinar.

Virtual Class: Managing Chronic Back Pain

Guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend that the first line of therapy for chronic back pain should be non-drug treatments. The free virtual class, “Managing Chronic Back Pain,” will cover topics including defining pain, risk factors and causes, and ways to manage back pain with various approaches including exercise and physical therapy. This event is scheduled for Thursday, July 29,  from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Presenter will be Lisa Murawski, exercise physiologist with Hartford HealthCare’s GoodLife Fitness, the program sponsor.

Registration is required; call 1-855-442-4373 or visit www.HHCHealth.org/VirtualClasses. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.

Virtual Dementia Caregiver Support Groups ‘meet’

Caregivers often have overwhelming responsibilities assisting their loved ones in doing the most basic tasks while handling their own lives. To provide education and a venue to discuss challenges and helpful strategies, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging offers a variety of free virtual dementia caregiver support groups. Topics include: communication techniques, caregiver support, benefits of activities, family dynamics and safety issues. The groups meet at various times to make it easier for people to participate.

One-time registration is required; call 1-855-442-4373. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual group.

First Tuesday of every month (July 6), 10 to 11 a.m., facilitated by Michelle Wyman, certified dementia specialist; Second Wednesday of every month (July 14), 10 to 11 a.m., facilitated by Adrianne DeVivo, certified dementia specialist; Second Wednesday of every month (July 14), 6:30 to 8 p.m., facilitated by Patty O’Brian, CDP, certified dementia specialist. This group is associated with the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter and is sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Southington Care Center.

Third Monday of every month excepting holidays (July 19), 1 to 2:30 p.m., facilitated by Patty O’Brian, CDP, certified dementia specialist. This group is coordinated with the Berlin-Peck Library and sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter.

Younger Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group – Third Wednesday of every month (July 21), 8 to 9 p.m., facilitated by Adrianne DeVivo, certified dementia specialist.

Last Monday of every month excepting holidays (July 26), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., facilitated by Michelle Wyman, dementia specialist. This group is sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Duncaster.

Call-in Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Held every Friday from 2 to 3 p.m., facilitated by a dementia specialist. Registration is not required. To join Hartford HealthCare’s Virtual Meeting Room, call: 860.972.6338 and when prompted, enter the access code 19623#.

Center for Healthy Aging offers Facebook group for caregivers

A Facebook group specifically for caregivers of older adults, including those with dementia, is available, facilitated by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. Concerns might include behavior changes, transition of care to assisted living, home healthcare, community services or end-of-life planning. Facebook Live sessions on important topics are also presented regularly. Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging professionals provide helpful answers and resources to support users in their caregiving roles.

For more information, call Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at 877-424-4641 or search “Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging Support Group” on Facebook and request to join.

Memory Café provides socialization for people with early dementia

Memory Café, a free socialization group for people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment and early dementia, virtually “meets” every Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is intended to be a welcoming place for individuals and their families with a shared experience. A dementia specialist with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging leads the group.

One-time registration is required; call 1-855-442-4373 or visit www.HHCHealth.org/VirtualClasses. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.

Movement Disorders Group meets bi-monthly

The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center and Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging are offering a caregiver support group for individuals who care for people with movement disorders and other neurodegenerative conditions. This free support group is offered on first and third Tuesdays (July 6 and 20), 10 to 11 a.m. Each session spotlights a different caregiver/care-partner topic and begins with a brief clinician-led presentation. Facilitators are Amanda Brill, LCSW, at the Chase Family Movement Disorder Center, and Jennifer McCaughey, MS, resource coordinator, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.

For more information, call Amanda Brill at 860-696-4653, or Jennifer McCaughey at 860-696-4623.

Free virtual memory screenings available

Memory loss is not unusual as people age. And forgetting someone’s name or an appointment does not mean an individual has Alzheimer’s disease. There are other factors – including medications – that can contribute to memory loss or confusion.

Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is offering free virtual memory screenings that can be scheduled at a person’s convenience. These confidential memory screenings average 20 minutes and consist of five questions to assess memory. These screenings are not a diagnosis but can indicate if someone should follow up with a full medical exam.

Memory screenings can be the first step to diagnosis for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Early detection of memory loss can help physicians more effectively treat cognitive impairment and possibly slow down changes in the brain.

For more information or to schedule a virtual memory screening, call Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, 1-877-424-4641.

Virtual bereavement groups

Due to the pandemic, Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice transitioned its bereavement support groups to a virtual format. To participate, email the facilitator associated with the day and time and participants will receive the Zoom information for joining the meeting. Registration is only required once. There is also a call-in bereavement group.

Days and times available are: First and third Mondays of the month excepting holidays (July 19), from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Facilitator is Nichol Burris; email nichol.burris@hhchealth.org.; Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (July 14 and 28), from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Facilitator is Bill Pilkington; email bill.pilkington@hhchealth.org.; 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month (July 9 and 23), from 11 a.m. to noon. “Metamorphosis: Honoring the Sacred Journey of Grief.” Facilitator is Jennifer Johnson; email Jennifer.johnson@hhchealth.org.

Call-in bereavement group - Thursdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. To join, call 860-972-6338 and when prompted, enter access code 22528#.



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