One session Events:
Senior Resources 101 – We are the best kept secret that should not be a secret! Let us provide an overview of all the programs, services, grants, mission and vision of Senior Resources, Eastern Connecticut’s Area Agency on Aging. This can be catered to the time allowed from 15 minutes to one hour with questions and answers as needed. Great for Senior Centers, Senior Housing, Caregivers, Neighbors, Professionals and more. We all know (or are) someone who would benefit from this knowledge!
Dementia Friends is a global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom and now underway in the United States. The goal is to help everyone understand five key messages about dementia, how it affects people, and how we each can make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. People with dementia need to be understood and supported in their communities. One hour session appropriate for all ages and community or professional groups.
Senior Medicare Patrol: Protect Yourself and Medicare from Fraud and Abuse – This half hour presentation goes through the Protect, Detect and Report components of preventing or reducing fraud or abuse in the Medicare system. We will review how to read an Explanation of Benefits and go over several current topics related to fraud or abuse. Perfect for anyone on any form of Medicare and those that work with them.
Medicare Boot Camp – Welcome to Medicare! We review the various paths to and the alphabet of Medicare, explain terms and terminology as well as timeframes necessary to avoid penalties. All questions encouraged. This can be catered 30-60 minutes depending on questions and concerns of the group.
Medicare Savings Program – This is for Medicare beneficiaries and highlights enrollment guidelines and financial assistance programs eligibility.
Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging – These 30-60 minute sessions can be catered to your specific interest. They are led by a Registered Dietitian to allow participant interaction, questions and discussion. Some topics have included: “Eat Great, Lose Weight, Save Money, Be Happy”, “Ask the RD Grocery Store Tour”, “SNAP for Seniors”, “Special Diets: Fact or Fiction”
Your Rights to Make Healthcare Decisions – In this very basic overview, we will discuss the importance of documenting and discussing your healthcare wishes! Personal Health Care Journal, Advanced Care Directives and additional documents provided. 30 minute presentation includes time for brief questions or sharing.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. They often feel they have no control over events, and that feeling powerless has a significant negative impact on caregiver’ physical and emotional health.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational program to provide family caregivers with tools to increase their self-care and confidence. The classes help caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions and deal with difficult feelings as well as making tough caregiving decisions.
Live Well Self-Management Programs are 6-weeks of education, discussion and action planning to help you live your best life. Topics including exercise, healthy eating, stress management and communication skills. Materials are provided. Classes are free. For more information, check out the website cthealthyliving.org
- Live Well with Chronic Conditions will help you manage your disease better, improving your life overall If you have an ongoing health condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or something different.
- Live Well with Diabetes will help you become more self-sufficient in managing your life with diabetes, helping you feel more in control and healthier.
- Live Well with Chronic Paincan help you better manage your symptoms.
We can create something more specific as needed for Veterans, Grandparents, Housing, Community Transitions, Older Americans Act Funding, Grant Application & Management. Let us know what you are looking for and if we can’t provide it, we can hopefully refer you to other reliable resources.
Alison Dvorak, MS, RDN, CDN
Registered Dietitian, Director of Education and Training,
Senior Medicare Patrol Coordinator,
AIRS Certified Community Resource Specialist Aging and Disabilities
19 Ohio Avenue, Suite 2, Norwich, CT 06360, 860-887-3561 Ext 115.