Community Education

Elder Care Management of Northern California values educating the community on topics related to healthy aging.  We regularly offer FREE Educational Workshops at local senior centers, churches, and support groups.  We also collaborate with other area senior care providers to share this information with their clients.  Below is a description of our prepared presentations available for your audience.

The Next Act

Learn the next steps to take while caring for a loved one or planning for your own future. The talk will focus on important discussions to have with family, getting legal paperwork in order, tips on how to communicate with the medical community, and planning for future care and housing.  Attendees will learn what benefits are paid by Medicare, Medi-Cal, and what is private pay.  Participants will come away with tools to use to make wise and careful decisions for the future.

Caring for The Caregiver

Caregivers exemplify compassion and nurturing towards others- yet often forget to take care of themselves. Finding value in your role and understanding your limitations can be critical to your health and success as a caregiver. Statistics say 65% of caregivers have a health event before the person they are caring for, so educating yourself on how to stay healthy is critical. Learn how to create and enhance your support network, find community resources, and most important- learn how to ask for help.

POLST and Advance Health Care Directives (AHCD)

In our practice as care managers, one of the first questions we ask clients is: Do you have an Advance Health Care Directive? None of us likes to think about circumstances that may render us unable to make medical decisions for ourselves, nor do we necessarily enjoy talking about end of life wishes with our loved ones. Advance planning is the best way to ensure your wishes are honored and alleviates the worry of others about acting on your behalf. The presentation will provide up to date information on options for making your wishes known, including the POLST (Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment) which is becoming the standard in healthcare and community settings.

Compassionate Communication between Adult Children & Aging Parents

Conversations with aging family members can be sometimes painful and heart wrenching. Learn tools and tips for listening and communicating, turning difficult conversations into productive ones. Using conflict management strategies conversation can be focused on objectives rather than emotions. Examine how family roles and history impact interactions and learn tips on how to find common ground and consensus, focusing on your loved one’s best interest.

Navigating the Emergency Room: Making sound decisions to avoid a crisis

Learn how to be a better advocate for yourself or your loved one during times of crisis. The talk will include tips for better communication with medical staff, the importance of information gathering and how being a good historian can allow for a more positive and healthy outcome.

Steady on Your Feet

Falls are the number one cause of injury and death among the elderly. Learn how to decrease the likelihood of a fall, evaluate your home for safety, engage in activities that enhance your wellbeing by promoting stability and how to respond to a loved one’s fear of falling. Community tools and resources will be shared with attendees.

What My Dogs Taught Me about Aging

As an ardent volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors for Homeward Bound: Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Judy Kent has an undeniable love for dogs.  She often finds wisdom and life lessons in her beloved pets and rescue dogs. Join Judy, Elder Care Management Care Coordinator, as she shares stories and insight in, “What My Dogs Taught me about Aging”.

 


While these prepared presentations address some very important topics, we appreciate that different audiences may have different questions and concerns.  Our Care Managers are happy to create a unique presentation catered to your specific need.  Call us for more information.

Contact Maureen Lawrence, Elder Care Management Outreach Coordinator, to schedule a presentation for your community.

maureenl@ecmnca.com

(916) 206-4420