2021 Big Read Event Series
ACCA’s Center for Active Living is pleased to be part of the Big Read event in Athens, GA, from April 15 – May 31, 2021. The series features New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s graphic memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” as a starting point for conversations on aging. Enjoy books clubs, art and dance performances, poetry readings, lectures and more. Visit https://coe.uga.edu/events/big-read for details.
During the month of May (Older Americans Month), Center for Active Living Director Allyn Rippin hosts a series of webinars focused on Essential Resources for Adult Children with Aging Parents. All events are free and open to the public.
Healthy Living for Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Friday, May 7th from 12-1pm
We have long known that the health of the brain and body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how lifestyle choices may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join the Alzheimer’s Association of Atlanta for this virtual webinar to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. You’ll gain hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging — for you and your family.
The Changes Dementia Brings: A 3-Part Series
Sessions are facilitated by Cloud Conrad, dementia caregiver training specialist.
Part 1: Exploring Dementia – Assessing the Topography of Cognitive Thinking. Learn how the brain functions, what changes are expected as we age, and what signals indicate more serious cognitive decline. At the end of this session, you will be equipped to perform a DIY assessment of cognitive changes in yourself or a loved one. This is for people who are curious about dementia, especially those with concerns about their own cognitive health or that of someone that they love.
Monday, May 10th from 12-1pm
Part 2: Charting the Course – A Dementia Caregivers Primer. Dementia caregiving is more intense than other kinds of caregiving. Learn how to prepare for your role as a dementia caregiver, including having a conversation about cognitive changes, working through the diagnostic process, developing a care plan for your loved one, and creating a self-care plan for your own well-being. This is for anyone in a dementia caregiving role, especially those caring for a person in the early or middle stages of dementia.
Monday, June 7th from 12-1pm
Part 3: Navigating Unfamiliar Terrain – How to Overcome Dementia’s Symptom Related Behaviors. Communication breakdowns are common in dementia, and they can quickly escalate dementia’s symptoms. Learn what triggers escalations and how to work past them to restore calm and well-being. This is for dementia caregivers in any stage of dementia.
Monday, July 12th from 12-1pm
Cloud Conrad is a dementia caregiver training specialist. Her company, New Street Compass, provides dementia caregivers the knowledge, skill, and emotional support needed to navigate their journey confidently and competently. As a Certified Independent Caregiver Trainer (Teepa Snow), Certified Life Coach (International Coach Federation), Virtual Dementia Tour Certified Trainer (Second Wind Dreams), Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator and Support Group Facilitator, and two-time family dementia caregiver, Conrad is an authority on solving the unique challenges that dementia caregiving presents. Her newly published caregiver manual, The Dementia Field Guide, is a powerful resource for dementia caregivers and can be purchased on her website.
Dream It – Plan It – Secure It: Legal and Practical Strategies for Every Stage of Life
Friday, May 14th from 12-1pm
Few of us are trained as legal experts, yet legal planning is an important part of aging and living well. Understanding estate planning, wills, advance directives, power of attorney, etc., can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to. Whether you are middle age, mature age, a caregiver, or simply want to plan for your golden years, join Laura French, J.D., LL.M. of French Law Group, LLC, in conversation with ACCA, for an informative talk on how to set you and your family up for success.
Laura French, The Mom Lawyer®, is the founder and owner of French Law Group, LLC. Laura is in the business of protection. She protects you, your family, your business, and your brand through estate planning, business strategies, and intellectual property law. Laura is passionate about trust work which gives clients the confidence and legal tools to maintain control over assets, while preserving family harmony. She is also actively involved in the local community, serving on numerous boards, and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia. Laura combines her experiences as a mom, lawyer, and entrepreneur to provide insightful planning to her clients. Recognized by her peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer and having over 25 years of experience, Laura is your go-to advisor for every aspect of your family’s life and legacy.
Advance Care Planning Discussions: Plan Now, Benefit Later
Friday, May 21st from 12-1pm
Advance care planning is an opportunity for individuals to discuss their quality of life preferences and values with their families and care teams. By doing so, individuals can identify their health care wishes and desires should they become unable to speak for themselves. In this session, participants will discuss the process of advance care planning and tips for having conversations with their loved ones and providers.
Dr. Tiffany Washington, Associate Professor and Hartford Geriatric Scholar, joined the University of Georgia School of Social Work faculty in 2013 after completing her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She publishes in the areas of aging, health/minority health, and caregiving. Her research is largely influenced by her practice background as a health care social worker. In that role, Dr. Washington helped individuals and families access resources, navigate systems, and live well with chronic conditions.
Caring for Parents Near and Far: Helping Loved Ones Thrive
Wednesday, May 26th from 12-1pm
Caring for an older parent or loved one who lives far away (and not so far away) can bring up fears and concerns as well as questions, especially during a pandemic. We want our loved ones to thrive no matter where they are, but knowing which resources are available or how to help can be a challenge. Join Dr. Kerstin Emerson from UGA’s Institute of Gerontology and Megan Vogt from the Northeast GA Area Agency on Aging for a discussion on resources and opportunities that exist locally and across the aging services network. Learn how to help loved ones live with purpose and meaning, ways to overcome social isolation and distance, and hear about the many services available.
Dr. Kerstin Emerson is a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Gerontology. She has a strong academic background in aging research, holding both a Masters and a PhD in gerontology. Her research area includes loneliness among older adults, especially during the pandemic. She serves as graduate coordinator in the Institute of Gerontology, and teaches undergraduate and graduate students about aging through a range of online classes.
Megan Vogt is the Program Manager for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at the Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging. She is also an Options Counselor who connects nursing home residents to AAA programs that assist with transitions back to the community. Whether she is in the office or out in the community, she loves talking to providers, clients, and caregivers, as well as brainstorming new ways to serve this population.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.