Community Education

The Education & Resources Program informs and prepares individuals for aging well.  In addition, caregivers are provided useful information and tools to be equipped to support and care for their loved ones.

Our Education & Resources Program Includes:

  1. Newsletter and Useful Articles
  2. Lunch & Learns
  3. Webinars
  4. Symposiums
  5. Website- Helpful information and links to resources
  6. Community Exhibits & Awareness Events:
  •        Elder Abuse & Fraud Prevention
  •        Healthy Aging
  •        Family  Caregiving Wellness
  •        Brain Health & Dementia Awareness

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Recorded Webinar: Successful Caregiver 12.3.2020

RECORDED WEBINAR                             ” Successful Caregiving”

Successful Caregiving Webinar- December 3rd 12-130 pm

Caregiving is a noble, important role deserving of honor and support. Although family caregiving is stressful and risky for your health, there is hope and help available.

Learn useful information about dementia and get helpful caregiving tips.  Have your questions answered by a virtual panel of local experts who’ll give you helpful techniques and the latest community resources.  Enjoy your lunch break as you get inspired and equipped, because if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

Keynote Speakers:

Becky RobinsonRegional Director of Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter’s Chico office, oversees the administration and management of the Alzheimer’s Association in the North Valley area, which is comprised of 11 counties. She leads a staff and volunteer team that provides education, information, referral, care consultation and support services for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Becky has worked with individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias for more than 28 years. She has experience facilitating support groups, counseling Alzheimer’s families throughout the disease process, and presenting information on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and caregiving. She led the effort to bring a listening session for the California State Plan on Alzheimer’s disease to the North Valley area in 2008 and in 2011 helped pilot the first volunteer-run Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Redding, Calif. Becky received a Bachelor of Arts  Degree in Recreational Therapy and Gerontology from Chico State University.

Maggie McNamara, Passages Caregiver Resource Center

Maggie will be discussing:

  • Signs you may be a caregiver
  •  Approaches to communication with someone with dementia
  •  Managing challenging behavioral symptoms
  •  Cognitive changes and losses in a person with dementia
  •  Functional changes and losses
  •  Social changes and losses

When family members or friends realize that they have become caregivers, they are often overwhelmed and find themselves drowning in a sea of stress and uncertainty. As a Caregiver Advocate, Maggie’s great passion is helping caregivers get the resources and emotional support they need and to help them survive the most difficult and rewarding time of their lives. She has been with Passages Caregiver Resource Center for nearly 15 years and has been providing presentations on dementia and caregiver health for more than 17 years.

 

 

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NOW AVAILABLE: RECORDED HEALTHY AGING WEBINAR

        RECORDED AGING WELL VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

Below is the Aging Well webinar that was held October 29th, 2020.  It has been recorded for your convenience to view.  The PowerPoint used for the webinar has been saved as a pdf and is available by clicking on the link below.

Click here to view the webinar

PowerPoint Handout: Click Here

Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Patrick Arbore:

  • Aging Well: Don’t be a victim of ageist attitudes, instead age into our wisdom & intelligence of our full capacity of human beings.
  • Don’t Be Content to Age In Place:
  • Social Isolation: Don’t Push Away Love of Family & Friends
  • Stay Active: Meaningful Activities, Keep Working or Volunteering

Keynote Speaker:

Patrick Arbore, Ed.D, began his career in the field of aging in 1972.  He is the Founder and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP), a program of Institute on Aging in San Francisco. He conceived the 24-hour accredited Friendship Line in 1973 and the methodology for the traumatic grief services in the early 1980’s.  Patrick conducts workshops and presents lectures locally and nationally on aging related subjects including elderly suicide prevention, ageism, loneliness, social isolation, senior bullying, hoarding, substance abuse, burn-out, compassion fatigue, traumatic loss, and many others. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of aging related topics.  A recent article, “Suicide Prevention among Rural Older Adults,” was published in the Summer, 2019, edition of Generations, a publication of the American Society on Aging. He is a Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA; an adjunct Faculty member with the University of California, Davis, Continuing Education Department, and an Adjunct Faculty at The Wright Institute.

Special Topic Speakers:

Brian BaasPhysical Therapist @Baas Physical Therapy will be talking about the importance of mobility.

  • Balance and mobility
  • Stages of Mobility
  • How Physical Therapy helps

Brian Baas is the CFO and co-developer/co-owner of Western Physical Therapy, Inc., our growing organization of outpatient physical therapy practices. Brian graduated from Fresno State University with his Degree in Physical Therapy in 1992 and has been providing patient care, practice management and clinical development ever since.  In addition to business development, Brian is active in various community outreaches and has served as Anderson High School’s athletic team therapist.

Becky RobinsonRegional Director @Alzheimer’s Association and will be discussing what the most current research tells us about changes we can make that can help our bodies and our brains age as well as possible, by exploring these 4 aspects of healthy aging

  • Physical Health & Exercise
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Cognitive Activity
  • Social Engagement
Becky Robinson, regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter’s Chico office, oversees the administration and management of the Alzheimer’s Association in the North Valley area, which is comprised of 11 counties. She leads a staff and volunteer team that provides education, information, referral, care consultation and support services for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Becky has worked with individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias for more than 28 years. She has experience facilitating support groups, counseling Alzheimer’s families throughout the disease process, and presenting information on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and caregiving. She led the effort to bring a listening session for the California State Plan on Alzheimer’s disease to the North Valley area in 2008 and in 2011 helped pilot the first volunteer-run Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Redding, Calif. Becky received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreational Therapy and Gerontology from Chico State University.

Allison Hansen works as a Community Education Specialist with Shasta County Public Health. and will be discussing:

  • The best way to prevent yourself from getting sick is to avoid being exposed to the flu or COVID viruses
  • Stay socially active.
  • Flu shots are free this year!

Allison began her work with Public Health in January and was one of the first responders to the Coronavirus pandemic in February. Allison was initially recruited to answer all incoming calls about Coronavirus to better inform the public. Since then, she has worked with businesses to provide education, congregate living facilities to advise on stopping the spread, and she works as a contact tracer for people who have been exposed to Coronavirus. In addition to her Coronavirus responsibilities, Allison also works on the Healthy Brain Initiative, a $750,000 grant that works with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Shasta County. Allison loves working with diverse projects in her work with Public Health and serving the members of our community.

Maggie McNamara- Will be discussing “Staying Healthy as a Caregiver”.

  • Recognizing signs & symptoms of caregiver stress
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout
  • Tips to getting help.

When family members or friends realize that they have become caregivers, they are often overwhelmed and find themselves drowning in a sea of stress and uncertainty. As a Caregiver Advocate, Maggie’s great passion is helping caregivers get the resources and emotional support they need and to help them survive the most difficult and rewarding time of their lives. She has been with Passages Caregiver Resource Center for nearly 15 years and has been providing presentations on dementia and caregiver health for more than 17 years.

Maggie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico.  She volunteered as a member of the Shasta County Mental Health Board, the California Association of Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions, and served as secretary of her local volunteer fire company.

Maggie has twice been a presenter at American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging Conferences.  She is also a Master Trainer of Powerful Tools for Caregivers

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Alzheimer's & Dementia Surveys

Dear Community Members,
Shasta County HHSA – Public Health seeks your help to learn more about how Alzheimer’s and dementia affects you, your family, and our community. Please complete the short online surveys (about 5 minutes) to share what the needs of our community members are and how programs can better serve residents. The data will help determine how Shasta County addresses Alzheimer’s and dementia for the next two years.
Please choose the survey that best fits your situation:

If you have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, please fill out this survey, either with a caregiver or by yourself:

If you care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, please fill out this survey: Click on the link below
Please share the survey links with others affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers. Your input is important to us and will shape the support we can give the community in the future. We want to capture as many voices and experiences as we can.  Thank you for helping our community.
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Keep Our Elders Safe: It Takes A Community-Recorded Webinar

June 2020 Recorded Webinar : Click on link belowKeep Our Seniors Safe: It Takes A Community Webinar         Handouts and PowerPoint’s from the webinar

  1. Shingcare’s PowerPoint: Keep Our Seniors Safe
  2. Elder & Dependent Abuse Blue Print
  3. CDDA Article
  4. Top 10 Tips

 

Below are the PowerPoint’s and handouts that were shared during the webinar; as well as the recording of the webinar (just click on the link to view)Please feel free to click on the links to download and to share with family and friends.Featuring world renowned keynote speaker, Paul Greenwood, and  interactive panel of local experts and officials.Greenwood, a lawyer for over 36 years, began his career in England. He moved to his wife’s hometown of San Diego and passed the California Bar in 1991. Greenwood’s assignment as an elder abuse prosecutor 19 years ago developed into a long-term career. He joined the San Diego DA’s office in 1993 and started the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit in January 1996. Under his leadership the unit has grown to a team of twelve. He has also been involved in the prosecution of over 200 felony elder abuse cases. Mr. Greenwood is currently co-chair of the California District Attorneys Elder Abuse statewide committee and is an elected board member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. 
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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Shasta County Public Health would like to request your help in protecting our community.  While the immediate risk is low, they want to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. They do not have documented community spread of Covid-19.  There is  one positive case of Covid-19 in Shasta County that was acquired while travelling outside of Shasta County.  They have been running tests in Shasta County Public Health lab and only have one positive test result.  Also, commercial labs are testing and Covid-19 is a reportable disease and as such, all positive cases are reported to Shasta County HHSA-Public Health

Most people infected (80% or more) do not get severely ill. Please do take precautions to protect older adults (over the age of 60 years old) and those with chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and/or lung disease who are at the most risk for developing severe illness. The California Department of Public Health has released several guidelines to inform our response to Covid-19.

  1. You can contact 211 if you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with implementing these guidelines.  
  2. You can stay up to date by visiting the following links:
    1. Local updates – Shasta Health and Human Services Agency www.shastahhsa.net
    2. State updates –  California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
    3. International and national updates – Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
  3. You can help encourage people to protect themselves and those around them by taking simple safety measures. These flyers could be posted in public spaces, and/or shared within your organization/business/community.
    1. Stop Spreading Germs-English
    2. Stop Spreading  Germs-Spanish
    3. Take Care of Your Health & Protect Others by Doing the Following
    4. CDHP website for guidance on what actions to take.
    5. Encourage those who are sick to stay home. Only seek medical assistance if you need it, not to ask about testing. This can overwhelm our healthcare system. If you are sick enough to need medical care and are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) call ahead and let the doctor know so they can prepare.

Other Resources:

Groceries for Seniors and Medically Vulnerable:

  • Mayers Memorial Hospital District: In Burney and Fall River Mills area, provides grocery shopping (you pay for groceries) and free delivery service for seniors (65+) and people with disabilities or those who are medically vulnerable (of any age). Also offering free pick-up of prescriptions. Call 530-336-6880. See flyer: Mayers Groceries to Go.
  • Grocery stores: Many grocery stores are offering seniors (and others who are medically vulnerable) shopping hours each week. Check with your favorite grocery store for information.

Salvation Army: https://redding.salvationarmy.org/redding/food-distribution

Other articles:

What to do if you’re at higher risk (older adults)

How to Prepare for Social Distancing 

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Clean and Disinfectant for with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease

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