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Top 10 Web Seminars of 2015
posted 12.29.2015

In 2015 ASA hosted more than 75 web seminars. Here are the top ten most popular web seminars of 2015, based on attendance. You can now view these recorded events online!

1.  Solving Communication Issues within Families

This web seminar outlined the 50/50 Rule, a program designed to help adult siblings improve communication skills and better care for aging parents. Learn practical tips to open discussions between adult siblings to help them improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload involved in caring for aging parents.

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on April 8, 2015.

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2.  The Time is Now to Address Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia    

During this web seminar, presenters described an algorithmic approach called DICE, which stands for Describe, Investigate, Create and Evaluate. DICE is derived from a multidisciplinary national expert panel. It is an evidence-informed approach designed to detect and manage behavioral symptoms of dementia, while considering possible etiologies, and integrating pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. It also is designed for healthcare providers to implement in the real world, in a variety of settings. We will also discuss applying DICE in different settings and the role of health and human service professionals in the DICE process.

This event was part of the Generations Education Seires, funded in part by the Archstone Foucnation and was based on the content of Fall 2014 issue of Generations, "Aspects of Mental Health and Aging." It was recored on February 5, 2015.

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3.  Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors

Based on compelling new research, presenter Molly Carpenter discussed the risk of hospitalization for older adults during this web seinar. She also outlined five ways to help keep older adults out of the hospital, and barriers that could prevent them from remaining healthy and at home. The web seminar featured free resources, including a “Five Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalizations” guide and a Hospitalization Risk Meter that will help assess an older adult’s risk of hospitalization. 

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on February 11, 2015.

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4.  Fall Prevention in Older Adults: It Takes a Village

This web seminar offered helpful tips for identifying fall hazards in care institutions, and proactive tips on how care providers can eliminate the likelihood of falls. Topics discussed included: the most common risk factors for falls, which common medicines contribute to fall risk, and the importance of multidisciplinary team work in reducing the number of fall-related accidents by elders in communities, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Dr. Rein Tideiksaar, an international fall prevention expert, provided guidance on holistic fall prevention strategies for community care providers.

This event was sponsored by Right at Home. It was recoreded on January 21, 2015.

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5.  Supporting Families through Hospice and Palliative Care

This web seminar will provide eldercare professionals resources and strategies to share with families to educate them about hospice and palliative care, and help them better cope with the physical, emotional and psychological stress of dealing with end-of-life issues.

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on July 8, 2015.

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6.  Understanding the Scams Seniors Face

The annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion dollars. This web seminar offered advice on how to protect older cleints and loved ones from scams. It also examined the ins and outs of senior scams and explained the top scams. It provided real-world advice on preventing and reporting scams against older adults.

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on September 9, 2015.

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7.  Helping Seniors with Loss of Independence

There are common warning signs for when an older adult needs some assistance, and ignoring these can result in dependencies that can be avoided. This web seminar focused on easily identifiable signs that someone needs help, including physical symptoms, mental or emotional changes, attention-deficit signals and environmental clues

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on December 2, 2015.

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8.  Understanding COPD in Older Adults

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is one of the most common lung diseases. Within the United States, more than 24 million people—or 6.3 percent of the U.S. population—suffer from this disease, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Canadian Lung Association says 3 million Canadians may have COPD. In this web seminar, Molly Carpenter provided tips for helping individuals manage COPD symptoms.

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on March 4, 2015.

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9.  Caregiver Wellness: Power of U!

This web seminar examined the roles of stress and distress and how they impact caregivers’ decision-making abilities. Participants discovered the important differences between the concepts of “helping” caregiving and “rescuing” caregiving. They also learned to use the “Caregiver Wellness: U Model” in order to develop social, psychological, physical, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and financial wellness and cultivate empowerment and resilience.

This event was sponsored by Right at Home. It was recoreded on November 12, 2015

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10.  Caring for the Entire Senior: Mind Body and Soul

This web seminar outlined the physical and emotional signs of aging, such as loss of energy or changes in mood, that can inadvertently increase the risk of an older adult losing their independence, as well as signals designed to attract attention and environmental clues that might point to cognitive decline. It also covered suggestions for engaging an older adults’ mind, body and spirit, as well as fears older adults harbor about aging and how to address them. 

This event was part of the Family Caregivier Support series sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. It was recorded on on January 7, 2015.

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Don't miss the live events in 2016. Mark your calendar for these upcoming web seminars and check back often as more webinars are added often!

ASA members enjoy free access to all events, including complimentary CEUs. And, thanks to the support of our generous funders, sponsors and donors, many of these events were free and open to everyone. Here are the top ten web seminars of the year.

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