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Splaine Consulting January 2024 Newsletter

What we’re doing, what we’re reading, and where we’ve been: it’s all here. Follow our Facebook & LinkedIn pages for updates, and forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues interested in all things Alzheimer’s. Thanks for keeping us in your inbox!

Thoughtful Hospitalization

Thoughtful Hospitalization™ is a workshop for dementia family caregivers which addresses how to avoid preventable hospitalization,
navigate hospitalization if it’s needed, manage the discharge process, and set up for the best recovery possible at home. We hope you can join us!

The workshop is offered at four separate times:

  • Saturday, January 13th at 12pm EST
  • Thursday, January 18th at 2:30pm EST
  • Tuesday, January 30th at 4:30pm EST
  • Wednesday, January 31st at 2:30pm EST

Register here for this important workshop!

Navigating Agitation

If you have someone in your life with dementia who is experiencing agitation, and you would like to gain essential tools to support them,
don’t miss the Navigating Agitation webinar. In this webinar, our expert speakers will share various techniques and strategies to tackle
dementia agitation effectively. Whether you’re a professional in the field, a care partner, or family member, or simply interested in learning more, this event is for you!

Date and time: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 · 4:30 – 5:30pm EST
Register here.

Public Health Strategies in Dementia Caregiving

Public Health Strategies in Dementia Caregiving: A Toolkit for Public Health Agencies as well. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide potential strategies and interventions that public health agencies can implement to support and elevate the work of family dementia caregivers in their jurisdictions, that are consistent with the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. This toolkit may be useful for all public health agencies as they set and pursue their dementia caregiving
goals, but especially to public health departments that were awarded funding through the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act as they implement their Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) strategies using the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map as a guide.

View the toolkit here.

Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

Help Shape the Next HBI Road Map for Indian Country: Development of the next Road Map for Indian Country is underway. Here is an opportunity for your input. Provide feedback by January 17th, 2024. Your feedback will help shape the guide for the public health response to Alzheimer’s and dementia led by American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Share your input here.
Splaine Consulting is consulting on this project.

Equity for Tribal Elders

Tribal elders are valued members of their communities, yet they experience significant systemic inequities. Tribal elders face some of the greatest inequities in accessing health care, housing, and other services essential for aging at home. These inequities are compounded by additional barriers, such as transportation limitations, digital inaccessibility, and language and cultural barriers. Advocates who work with federal supports and programs —such as Medicaid, Social Security, and others—must center tribal sovereignty and work in partnership with tribes to best meet the needs of tribal elders.

Justice in Aging’s new issue brief, Equity for Tribal Elders: A Primer on Issues Impacting American Indian and Alaska Native Older Adults, aims to introduce important themes in culture and governance that shape tribes and information about barriers in health care, longterm
care, and economic social services programs and opportunities to improve those systems for tribal elders.

Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease

The 36th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International will take place in Kraków, Poland from 24-26 April 2024. Under the conference theme of ‘Dementia: Insights. Innovations. Inspirations.’, the conference will bring together experts from across the world to share information on achievements, innovations and best practices in dementia research, care and policy, while continuing to address and challenge the perceptions around dementia. The conference will be
offered in hybrid format, combining in-person and virtual elements for an educational and interactive experience for delegates.

Early-bird registration is now open. Click here to register.

We are honored to have our abstracts accepted and to join this unique gathering in the dementia community. Kate Gordon’s poster on people with dementia who live alone will be presented and Mike Splaine will be presenting on dementia in indigenous communities.

Living Alone & Connected!

Living Alone and Connected! is a private Facebook group for persons living alone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It is platform for members to receive emotional support, share questions or ideas, and find resources regarding their condition and lifestyle. The group is a unique online community is designed exclusively and thoughtfully for people who live alone with a dementia / Alzheimer’s. This is to ensure the privacy of our members, and to foster a safe, welcoming, and meaningful space to connect.

Join the Living Alone and Connected group!
The Living Alone and Connected public Facebook page is designed for those who care for people living alone with dementia. The Living Alone and Connected page provides resources to those family, friends, and caregivers who support those living alone with dementia.

Join the Living Alone and Connected page!
Living Alone and Connected! is hosted and moderated by Splaine Consulting. Living Alone and Connected! is supported in part by a cooperative agreement #90ADPI0067-01-00 from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative (ADPI) and cooperative agreement NVADPI0082 from the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada and Nevada Senior Services.

“Why” – A Film on Early-Stage Dementia Detection

The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s research program presents “Why” – a film focused on early detection/diagnosis and a community approach to dementia. The film aims to spread awareness to dispel the stigma that keeps people from getting help and support. Watch the entire film below.

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