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Aging Challenges for Older Adults in the LGBT+ Community

Individuals in the LGBT+ community have a long history of facing discrimination in the United States, and the effects of prejudice, hostility and mental, emotional and physical harm are felt by all generations of the community, from youths to older adults. Many LGBT+ older adults age into systems that may not fully accept and support them, and may directly or indirectly stand in the way of them getting the physical and mental health assistance they need. 

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By Tamar Cooper | 05/17/2021

Discussing Uncomfortable Aging Topics with a Doctor

Talking about health isn’t always an easy thing. Society tends to put emphasis on what is and isn’t “polite conversation,” and almost every etiquette guide advises against discussing bodily functions, uncomfortable symptoms or anything that would make a listener squeamish. It’s rude. It’s embarrassing. It’s better kept to yourself. Unfortunately, these stigmas can creep into situations where topics that would otherwise be kept quiet need to be discussed, especially at the doctor’s office.

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By Julie Hayes | 05/17/2021

What to Do if Your Loved One is Resistant to Home Health Care

"I don't want anyone in my home"- How many of us have heard our older loved ones say something similar to this to justify why they refuse additional support – even when they know how much they could use it?  Currently, it is easy to use COVID as an excuse not to bring outside people into the home. But what happens when we are all vaccinated, or the needs of our loved ones are greater than the family can handle alone? 

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By Lauri Scharf | 05/17/2021

Can a Person with Dementia Live Alone? Recognizing the Need for Support

If you are a family member or caregiver of a person with dementia, it can be difficult to decide whether a person who is living alone is actually in need of help. This webinar will discuss questions that caregivers can ask to help assess the situation and help them gauge when and where support is needed.

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By Cathy Franz | 05/07/2021

Dementia: NOT a Normal Part of Aging

This webinar addresses the common misconception that dementia is a normal part of aging, a key message of the Dementia Friends USA program. Breaking down misconceptions and stigma around dementia is one of the first steps to building dementia-inclusive communities. Topics presented include definition and types of dementia; how it impacts the brain; comparison of common changes seen in aging vs. early signs of dementia; how dementia is diagnosed, including conditions to rule out; and important next steps after diagnosis.

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By Marty Williman | 04/27/2021