AgeWise Presentations

The team at AgeWise Solutions, LLC is often asked to speak to groups on topics that focus on aging. In response, we have created a series we call AgeWise Conversations. Whether you are looking for in-service training for your staff or wish to bring educational information to the older adults you serve, we’d be happy to provide a session for your organization.  Presentations can be brief (15-20 minutes) or up to one hour long.  Most are interactive and invite participants to engage in discussion.  Below is a list of our most often requested speaking topics. If you have a particular subject you don’t see listed, give us a call at 302-858-6449 to discuss a customized presentation that will meet your needs.

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What is Aging Life Care™ Management?

So often we hear that people never heard of a Geriatric or Aging Life Care Manager. This presentation offers insights about what the growing field of community-based care management services is all about. Learn how working with a professional care manager can improve the quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities, and their family caregivers.  This presentation is tailored for professional and lay audiences.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Dementia

Feeling a bit glum may seem like an ordinary reaction to the fading glow of the holidays and the darker winter months, but, when that feeling of sadness persists for more than a week or two, it’s a red flag.  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that cycles with the seasons. It can occur during any time of the year, but it typically affects people during the winter months. For older adults, the symptoms may be severe and are often confused with dementia.  For those with dementia, certain symptoms may worsen.

This information session takes a closer look at Seasonal Affective Disorder, its symptoms and some strategies to help you or a loved one better cope with the feelings and emotions that tend to escalate during the cold winter months.

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The AgeWise Driver

For many, the ability to drive is central to who we are. Driving is frequently identified with independence, enjoyment in life, and represents our ability to be seen as productive and responsible members of the community. As we grow older, we may hear comments about the need to stop driving. For some, the need is apparent. But how can we ensure that our driving skills are as good as they should be? How can we know we’ve done everything we can to increase the likelihood that we can continue to drive safely?

Having conversations about driving are important as we grow older. This one-hour session offers suggestions for self-evaluation about driving skills, the benefits of driving evaluations, and having those difficult discussions when it’s time to tell someone you love that you have concerns about their driving skills. This session is designed for drivers over the age of 65 and those who care about them.

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Smart Planning for End of Life

Discussions about death and dying are still considered a taboo subject in American culture.  Fear and uncertainty about how to address this inevitable part of life is uncomfortable for many. Planning ahead is important, not just for you but the ones who love you. This informative session addresses the value of advance planning. Preparing important legal documents, understanding the purpose and differences between a Living Will, Advance Directives, Health Care Proxy will be covered. This session is appropriate for adults of all ages.

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Medication Matters!

Americans are living longer, and often, this means living with several health conditions. As a result, managing medications can become a challenge – and complicated.  Ninety percent (90%) of Medicare beneficiaries take 3 or more medications, and 55% report being non-compliant with their medication usage. Not surprisingly, nearly 1/3 of all hospital admissions are due to medication adverse reactions and non-compliance among older adults.

So, how can you avoid medication problems?  This informative session provides helpful information on medication safety, identifying the signs of medication misuse, and how to avoid adverse drug interactions. You’ll also learn about strategies for storing and sorting medications so that you remain healthy and independent.  If you’re concerned that managing medications is becoming too complicated, you will definitely want to attend this session

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Opioids and Older Adults.

Even though the proportion of older adults who misuse opioids is relatively small compared to young adults, opioid misuse is increasing among adults over the age of 50. This informative session takes a closer look at the opioid problem and important considerations for older adults, risk factors for this cohort, and strategies for minimizing misuse.

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Do You Know the Signs of Elder Abuse?

It’s not a topic we like to think about. An estimated 5 million cases of crimes against elders are reported each year, and yet, most cases go unreported. Knowing the signs of physical, emotional, verbal, and financial abuse can help reduce the prevalence of these crimes that harm vulnerable elders. This presentation explores the problem of abuse, the perpetrators, the signs to look for, and where to get help.

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Laughter: The Best Medicine!

You have surely heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine.” Well, that statement may be truer than you realized. This session will focus on the universal benefits of laughter Participants will learn the health benefits of laughter through – laughter, of course! Come prepared for a good time and some real belly laughs. Guaranteed to make you feel better!

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