Focus on COVID-19 & Dementia: Fall Webinar Series
NADRC is hosting a free webinar series on COVID-19 and dementia. Each webinar will focus on organizations that have pivoted their service delivery system to continue serving and supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers during the pandemic.
Providing In-person Services and Supports to People Living with Dementia during COVID-19
October 19, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
At the onset of COVID-19, most but not all community-based in-person services for people living with dementia and their caregivers were suspended. During this webinar, two providers will discuss how their organizations used innovative approaches to ensure people living with dementia continue to receive needed services through traditional means during COVID-19. Nevada Senior Services adult day center has remained open, providing services at two locations, albeit with strict policies in place to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. Ventura County Area Agency on Aging adjusted home delivered meals to include all clients who live alone with dementia and those with intellectual disabilities and dementia. Multiple phone check ins and respite care further assist.
- Victoria Jump, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
- Jeffrey Klein, Nevada Senior Services
Using Technology to Provide Services to People Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers during COVID-19
November 2, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
This webinar will provide examples of programs that use technology to provide continuity of services. Wisconsin’s United Community Center’s Mobile Memory Clinic adopted HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platforms to complete client assessments. Taking appropriate precautions, program staff deliver sanitized computers and Wi-Fi hotspot units to clients and complete assessments remotely with the client and caregiver. Houston’s Amazing Place implemented the evidence-based Savvy Caregiver program, an in-person intervention prior to COVID-19. Staff developed protocols focused on program fidelity as they shifted to an online platform where caregivers continue to benefit.
- Vanessa Anciani, United Community Care, Inc.
- Sharon Cantrell, Amazing Place
Maintaining Services and Supports for People Living with Dementia and their Caregivers during COVID-19
November 19, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
COVID-19 presents unique challenges to persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Advanced age, underlying conditions, and cognitive decline put them at a greater risk of contracting the virus. Supportive services are essential for people living with dementia and their caregivers. This webinar will highlight the work of two ACL grantees that pivoted to continue caring for clients in innovative ways. Maria Ordonez will discuss methods used to continue adult day services and provide telehealth. Christine Jensen will share adjusted procedures used to continue work of a geriatric assessment clinic.
- Christine Jensen, Ph.D., Director, Health Services Research, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
- María Ordóñez, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CDP, FAANP, FAAN, Director, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, FAU Memory Disorder Clinic Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative