Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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AFA Care Connection Webinar Series

December 13th

Know Your Rights! Older People and the Americans with Disabilities Act

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and public and private places that are open to the general public. Many older people are unaware of their rights under the ADA.  Speakers Jennifer Perry and Jeffrey Tamburo will offer a crash course in some of the hot topics concerning the ADA and older adults.

Jennifer Perry, BA, Access Specialist, Northeast ADA Center, ILR School, Cornell University- Jennifer Perry is the Access Specialist for the Northeast ADA Center and has worked in the accessibility field for over nineteen years, with a focus primarily on design and construction issues. She is a registered International Code Council (ICC) Accessibility Specialist/Plans Examiner and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania.

Jeffrey Tamburo, LMSW, Training & Content Development Associate, Cornell University – Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability – Jeffrey Tamburo is a training and content development associate for Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute, where he provides training, consultation and technical support to individuals and organizations, including work for Cornell’s Northeast ADA Center, where he provides ADA training in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Dial-in: (213) 929-4232

Attendee Access Code: 172-386-503

January 10th

Strategies to Reduce Peer-to-Peer Bullying and other Antagonistic Behaviors Among Older Adults

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

This presentation will cover the characteristics of peer-to-peer bullying and other behaviors among older adults, including the range of behaviors commonly exhibited and the factors associated with engaging in such behaviors. It will also introduce strategies that can be implemented by providers to determine what types of behaviors are problematic in their organizations along with simple steps that can be taken to minimize the behaviors. Emphasis will be given to the role of bystanders, such as older adult peers and organizational staff members, in addressing bullying.

Dr. Robin Bonifas is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director for Curriculum & Instruction at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. She has over 15 years experience working with elders and their families in both long-term care and inpatient psychiatric settings. Her current projects examine elder social justice issues such as resident-to-resident aggression in nursing homes, bullying among older adults, and other challenges to social relationships in senior care organizations. Dr. Bonifas is the author of Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address and Unseen Epidemic available through Health Professions Press. She is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work. She is a consulting editor for Health and Social Work and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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Dial-in: (631) 992-3221

Attendee Access Code: 975-089-470

January 17th

How To Have a Meaningful and Successful Visit with your Person in a Long Term Care Facility

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

During this presentation Joanna will show you how to walk away from a visit with your loved one in a long term care setting feeling more peace and less guilt. Through sharing successful redirection tips for statement’s like “I want to go home” she will help you be prepared and enable you to understand what your loved one really may be saying and connect with them at the heart level. She will also provide communication tips and suggestions on how to help them feel more comfortable in their new environment. You will walk away with several new ideas of talking points, activities to share, and tips on creating special moments with your loved one so that you can enjoy each other more and create new memories.

Joanna has a Recreational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University. After spending over 10 years working at several nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home care companies she felt there was a huge gap in dementia care and what was missing from elder care, was a client-focused approach to care from caregivers with training in how to support someone with dementia. That led to her to start an in home care company in 2013 specializing in dementia and then open two specialized Memory Care homes called Memory Lane. Joanna is a passionate advocate for those with dementia and those caring for someone with dementia.

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Dial-in: +1 (562) 247-8321

Attendee Access Code: 943-466-255

February 14th

Understanding Love

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Edward Shaw co-authored the book “Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey” The book describes his personal story of caring for his wife coupled with an innovative use of the five love languages in dementia counseling. During this presentation Dr. Shaw will  describe how “The Five Love Languages” can be applied to dementia caregiving.

Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA, is dually trained as a physician and  mental health counselor. He was the primary care partner for his wife, Rebecca, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2008 at age 53 and died in 2016 after a 9 year battle. In 2010, inspired by Rebecca’s journey, his medical interest shifted to dementia diagnosis and  treatment, and with his additional training in mental health counseling, founded the Memory Counseling    Program in 2011, part of the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The Program serves individuals, couples, and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another type of  dementia.


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Dial-in: (213) 929-4232

Attendee Access Code:  926-689-118


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