Virtual Programs - June 2021

The Best Gift is You - Putting Yourself First

May 26, Wednesday, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.-- Making self-care a priority can be difficult for many people. However, self-care is important for physical, emotional and spiritual health.  Topics will include the causes and symptoms of stress and different creative self-care strategies. Presenter will be Amina Weiland, resource coordinator, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, the program sponsor.

Home Safety and Fall Reduction for the Older Adult

June 17, Thursday, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Many older adults value the comfort of living in their own home.  From a clinician’s perspective, there are some aging considerations worth knowing in terms of environmental modification, fall prevention, and poly-pharmacy dangers to make home even safer.  Presenter will be Marc Levesque, resource coordinator with HHC for Healthy Aging.

 

Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud and Scams

June 17, Thursday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.—Scams and fraud are nothing new but during the pandemic the prevalence has been on the rise, especially COVID-19 ruses directed toward older adults, according to the FBI.  Topics covered will include:  How well-known scams work; tactics that scammers use; how to protect oneself and loved ones; and what to do if a person suspects they have been scammed.  Presenter will be Lillian Swan, RN, transitional care nurse with HHC for Healthy Aging, program sponsor.

 

Medicare 101 - Understanding Your Options

June 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, & 30.  For convenience, the times vary. To navigate the mysteries of Medicare, HHC and Integrated Care Partners is offering the free virtual class, “Medicare 101 – Understanding Your Options,” led by Medicare educators Marissa Hiebel and Lisa Benton. Topics include: the basics, different components, when to enroll, how to choose a plan, and options including Medicare Advantage Plans, Supplement Plans and Prescription Drug Plans.

 

“They Say I Have Dementia—What Does That Mean?”

June 16, Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 p.m. – A diagnosis of dementia can be frightening for those affected by the syndrome, their family members and caregivers.  This session will explore this topic.  Discussion will center on the signs and symptoms of dementia, different types of dementia and risk factors.  Presenter will be Patty O’Brian, CDP, dementia specialist with HHC for Health Aging, which is sponsoring the event. 

 

What is Dementia?

June 18, Friday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. —The word “dementia” is well-known but often people do not understand that memory loss does not necessarily signal dementia nor know that there are different types of dementia.  Topics covered will include:  How to diagnose, current treatments, and ways to keep the brain strong.  Presenter will be Michelle Wyman, CDP, dementia specialist with HHC for Healthy Aging, program sponsor.

 

Dementia Caregiver Series Focuses on Strategies

June 1 through June 29, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon—This care giving series can provide the tips and strategies to gain greater insights into caring for a loved one with dementia. 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.  HHC for Healthy Aging is sponsoring the series.

 

Healthy Brain Series Examines Optimum Aging

June 3 to July 1, Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.-- Strategies and information on maintaining an active and engaged brain is the focus of this five-part series presented by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.   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.

 

Navigating the ‘What Ifs’ during the ‘Golden Years’

June 10, Tuesday,11:00 a.m. to noon -- Life in general can be filled with the unexpected. This class will provide information about various topics pertaining to aging, resources available in the community, and ways to be proactive rather than reactive. The event will be held, led by Marc Levesque, resource coordinator with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, the program sponsor. Discussion will include the varying levels of care, types of housing and funding sources.

 

Building Better Bones & Joints

June 10, Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to noon – As people age, bones begin to weaken and deteriorate due to osteoporosis and other conditions.  Exercise has shown to boost bone health. This session will include information about the benefits of moving and the best exercises. It is led by Julie Sopchak, exercise physiologist with HHC GoodLife Fitness, the program sponsor. 

 

Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

June 16, Wednesday,1:00-2:00 p.m. – On average doctor appointments are only 15 minutes long.  In this session, you will learn how to make the most out of your appointment through various tips and strategies to ensure the optimal visit with your physician.  It will be led by Jennifer McCaughey, resource coordinator with HHC for Healthy Aging, program sponsor.

 

Music Therapy and Healing

June 17, Thursday, noon to 1:00 p.m. – Music therapy, an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic setting, addresses individual’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs.  This session explores the therapeutic modality of sound, types, emotions and connections that can provide physical, communicative and social benefits in a variety of setting including homes, skilled nursing facilities, private practice and rehabilitation programs.  Presenter will be Laura Famulare, MA, MT-BC, music therapist with Jefferson House in Newington.

 

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 more people to participate, and are facilitate by a certified dementia specialist.  One-time registration is required; call 1.855.HHC.HERE/ 1.855.442.4373. After registration, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual group.

1st Tuesday of every month (June 1), 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
2nd Wednesday of every month (June 9), 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
2nd  Wednesday of every month (June 9), 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
3rd  Monday of every month excepting holidays (June 21), 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Younger Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group – 3rd Wednesday of every month (June 16), 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Last Monday of every month (June 28), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Call-in Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Held every Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  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 provides 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 memory loss

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.HHC.HERE/ 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.

 

Free virtual memory screenings available from Center for Healthy Aging

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.

For more information or to schedule a virtual memory screening, call Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, 1.877.424.4641.

 

Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice hosts 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:

1st and 3rd Mondays of the month (June 7 & 28), 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Facilitator is Nichol Burris; email nichol.burris@hhchealth.org.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (June 9 & 23), 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Facilitator is Bill Pilkington; email bill.pilkington@hhchealth.org.

2nd and 4th Fridays of the month (June 11 & 25), 11:00 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, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. To join, call 860.972.6338 and when prompted, enter access code 22528#.

Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is a not for profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services.  Each of its 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.  Where an offering consists of several sessions, participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.  

All programs are virtual and free unless otherwise indicated.  Registration is required. 

To register:  
Call 1.855.HHC.HERE/1.855.442.4373

or go online to www.HartfordHealthCare.org/VirtualClasses. After registering, participants will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class. 

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