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Making the Most of Mealtime: Eating, Swallowing & Dignified Dining for Individuals with Dementia & IDD

Eating and food are at the center of many of life’s occasions, celebrations and moments together with loved ones. Of course, eating is also a necessity—we rely on nutrition and hydration to survive. But what happens to these important and essential moments when dementia affects a loved one’s eating? In what ways can a loved one’s ability to interact with food begin to change? This webinar explains some of the changes that may make mealtime challenging when caring for someone with dementia, and provides tips on how to set up the eating environment for successful mealtimes. It also focuses on swallowing disorders for individuals with dementia and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and how to balance safety concerns while ensuring a dignified dining experience.

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By Elizabeth Kinzig | 05/23/2022

Senior Center Policy: Challenges and Recommendations

This is an up-to-date virtual discussion on senior center policy and serving older adults in our communities, presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition. We provide an overview of challenges, strategies and recommendations on key issues faced by older adults who utilize senior center services.

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By Bob Blancato, Melinda Forstey, Dabney Conwell, Abigail Carney | 04/29/2022

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia incorporates the most current research about dementia care, effective practical strategies, and useful resources in identifying causes of common behavioral symptoms and effective interventions.

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By Jennifer Wolfe, Lyndi Winzeler | 03/29/2022

Elder Justice Innovations: Helping Individuals Transition from APS to other Community-Based Supports

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is committed to highlighting the important Elder Justice work being implemented across the country. Presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition, attendees heard from the Administration for Community Living about the 2021 Elder Justice Innovation Grants. A select group of grantees discussed their work focused on the various community services that help individuals transition from short-term adult protective service programs to community services in their area to prevent the recurrence of abuse.

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By Hilary Dalin, Traci Lee, Farida Ejaz, Marian Liu, Zachary Hass, Joy Solomon, Kavita Ahluwalia | 01/27/2022

Annual Caregiving Conference: Engaging Caregivers in Evidence-Based Programs

The conference explores successes and challenges in the dissemination of evidence-based programs to family and friend caregivers. Keynote speaker, Erin Long, MSW, Team Lead, Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative of the Administration for Community Living, discusses experiences with engaging caregivers in programs and services, along with marketing strategies. Presentations also highlight experiences of organizations engaging caregivers and delivering evidence-based programs, including strategies to overcome barriers that keep caregivers from enrolling in support programs, and lessons learned through their marketing efforts.

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By David Bass, Rachel Cannon, Erin Long, Branka Primetica, Donna Barrett, Christine Jensen, Ginger Ragans, Lisa Weitzman | 01/24/2022