Saturday, October 7, 2017
Please join me at the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Old Airport in Kona.
Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s.
Registration at 7am; Walk at 8:00am
Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Hilo or Friday, October 6, 2017 in Waimea
Ku’ikahi Mediation Center presents: Communicating More Effectively in Challenging Situations, a workshop for caregivers of adults (age 60+).
How can you talk with your siblings about mom’s health or finances?
How do you ask your grandfather if it may be time for him to stop driving?
Or tell your family doctor that you don’t like talking about your spouse as if he’s not in the room?
Knowing when to bring up uncomfortable topics—and how to express your thoughts as feelings—is a challenge. In this interactive workshop, learn some useful communication tools to enable you to share your concerns so people will hear you.
This Four-Part Process Includes How To:
- Ready yourself for a productive conversation
- Explore the other person’s readiness and willingness to listen
- Plan your logistics and approach
- Have a conversation using powerful and effective “I” statements
Facilitated by Elizabeth Kent, this workshop takes place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Hilo on Thursday, October 5, 2017 and is also being offered on Friday, October 6, 2017 in Waimea via West Hawai’i Mediation Center).
Suggested contribution: $20
Pre-Registration is Required
For Hilo, call Majidah at 935-7844 x 3 or email email@example.com
For Waimea, call Gina at 885-5525 x 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As featured in the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce “Kona-Kohala Connections”
HoʻoNani Day Center of Waimea celebrated 15 years of providing high-quality adult day care to the North Hawai‘i community last month.
The mayor provided an appreciative message to HoʻoNani’s owner, Karyn Clay, acknowledging the very welcome respite and trusted services that the facility has provided as a vendor of the County’s Office of Aging since its founding.
“What started as a simple home at the end of a dirt lane has developed into two, well-established adult care services in two homes that serve as the essence of home for those needing assistance in their later years,” said Clay. “I’m honored to provide an extended ‘ohana for so many of our community members and look forward to serving our community for many years to come.
She continued, “When I first opened, many people had no idea as to what adult day care was. Now, many share their personal experiences with similar services as soon as I tell them what it is that I do. Adult day care has come a long way in 15 years!”
Charly, 8 year old daughter of HoʻoNani Day Center owner Karyn Clay, interviews her friend of 5 years Betsy. They discuss the value of an adult day program.
It’s all about LOVE
Caregiving comes from the heart. Keeping your attention on the loving relationship you have with the person you are caring for will help your relationship, your heart and even your neurons!
Karyn’s gift to you this season is SANITY. She’ll take you through a few scenarios in which you come through the holidays with more joy!
Karyn Clay addresses a viewers question about how to handle caregiver burnout. Her two main pieces of advice that are described in this video are:
- Get more help and
- Carve out time for yourself to intentionally process all that you are managing and set clear boundaries for yourself.
Karyn Clay & Jim Hood, the Mobile Computer Doctor, discuss the importance of protecting your computer and ways to avoid scams.
Jim has seen very educated individuals fall victim to scams designed to create a sense of vulnerability and fear into computer users. He has seen this issue as especially concerning for older adults.
When & Why To Call Hospice?
Karyn Clay and Katherine Werner explain the value of hospice care for the caregiver. When would you make that call, and under what circumstances?
Misconceptions abound when it comes to hospice care, and many caregivers miss out on the opportunity to benefit from the exceptional services they offer. With a hospice partnership, caregivers can go back to being the spouse, child or grandchild to the loved one needing care which is valuable when facing the possibility of end of life care.
Mental Wellness for Caregivers
Karyn Clay & Karin Cooke discuss the importance of self-care and perspective for the caregiver.
Karin Cooke is an RN who has extensive professional and personal experience with cancer. She offers helpful insights to support those caring for someone with a diagnosis that requires supportive care.
Karyn Clay and John Roth discuss the importance of planning ahead for yourself and older adults you provide care for.
Creating a “Bucket List for Incapacity” can help ensure the journey you wish to experience should you be affected with dementia, a stroke, or other cognitive issues. Know your care and legal options, decide on those you’d prefer and clearly communicate them to loved ones.
Karyn Clay verbally takes you through the bathing experience in a step by step process so you can feel more confident assisting a loved one in the shower.
You aren’t alone in assisting your parent, grandparent or spouse in their personal care. Here are some tips to assist you on your journey.
A Kid’s Perspective
Karyn Clay’s daughter’s perspective about growing up with older people.
Children have a different view of older adults that deserves to be honored as well. It’s important to have conversations with them so they can understand a little more about what they are experiencing.
Kupuna CrossFit Exercise/Movement
KC Stallsmith and Karyn Clay discuss the value of movement for caregivers and the older adult they are caring for, and KC demonstrates a series of basic movements to get the fluids and muscles moving properly for enhanced health!
Choosing Your Words Carefully
Karyn discusses the power of our words when interacting with older adults. Sometimes the most well intended terms can diminish the self-worth of the older adult you are caring for. Please consider these thoughts and suggestions.
Outdoor Events with Cognitively Impaired Older Adults
Attending outdoor events with a cognitively impaired older adult can be safe and enjoyable with some preparation! Karyn provides tips for safe outdoor events.
Checking on the cognition of older adults living alone
Basic Advice on Caregiving Support
Folks providing care for older adults need support for themselves in order to maintain the health of the relationship with their loved one, as well as their own personal health. The world’s demographics are changing, and with an increase in older adults in our communities, the need for educated and compassionate care is increasing rapidly.
Ho’oNani’s own Karyn Clay was featured in North Hawaii Hospice Spring 2016 Newsletter.
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