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Improving the Quality of Time Spent With a Loved One That Has Alzheimer's
Director, Phoenix Memory Care Neighborhood at Willow Towers
United Hebrew of New Rochelle
"Don't take it personally if a parent or spouse doesn't recognize you. They sense you and they see you. And they may not know that you're their daughter, for instance, but they know that you're very special. You can always see the light in their eyes. Some part of them still does remember."
With Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month in November, Feintuch can offer tips on how visitors can improve the quality of time spent with a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other memory impairment. Tips include: 1) Start off your visits by introducing yourself, your children, etc., to ease the anxiety of a loved one who may be embarrassed at not remembering. 2) Don't try to force your loved one to remember. You can talk about family members and past events, but don't ask "Do you remember…?" Go along with whatever the person believes. 3) Ask specific, rather than open-ended, questions, such as "Did you go to exercise class today?" instead of "What have you been up to?"
The Phoenix Memory Care Neighborhood is a secure community at Willow Towers, the assisted living component of United Hebrew of New Rochelle's 7.5-acre "Campus of Comprehensive Care." The Phoenix program is for individuals with advanced memory loss. For residents with less severe memory impairment, Willow Towers offers the Griffin Program, with half-day and full-day supervised activities.
Contact: Jeannie Ashford, [email protected]
Prescription Drug Abuse and Treatment
Senior Vice President
"The most devastating part of chronic pain can be the associated depression and anxiety coming from knowing the pain will not go away. There may have been previous levels of depression, but the consistent nature of chronic pain can make the act of living more miserable. The feeling of helplessness can combine with catastrophizing, perceived injustice and even personality disorders that deepen the despair and make the pain worse. It is important to address these psychosocial issues through cognitive behavior therapy and functional restoration."
Pew has more than 35 years of experience in the property and casualty, healthcare and technology industries. He created PRIUM's Medical Intervention Program in 2003, Intervention Triage in 2010, Texas Drug Formulary turnkey solution in 2011, Centers with Standards in 2012, and TaperRx in 2014. From March 2012 through May 2015, Pew presented educational content 251 times to 15,027 people in 38 states, including nine national webinars. He serves on the Medical Issues Committee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), the Workers' Compensation Committee for the Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) and the Medical/Rehab Committee for the Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators (SAWCA). He is a popular speaker at workers' compensation conferences around the country, as well as individual continuing education venues. He has spoken at the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, at statewide or self-insured conferences in 17 states, and at national and regional association gatherings around the country. A frequent media source for stories on pharmacy and marijuana in workers' compensation, Pew also writes articles for several publications. He is a regular contributor to Claim Management Magazine, Insurance Thought Leader and LexisNexus. He is available to discuss: prescription drug abuse; weaning patients from multiple drugs and drug classifications (including opioids); medical marijuana in the workplace; drug misuse/abuse in workers' compensation; psychosocial impacts on chronic pain and opioid dependency, and addressing psychosocial issues that prevent recovery; prescription drug misuse and abuse in the workplace; the role of urine drug management.
Contact: Helen King Patterson, [email protected]
ADHD Awareness Month in October
Nathan E. Jordan II
Argosy University, Inland Empire
"ADHD is common among adolescents; however, it is not exclusive to a particular age group. There are some cases where adults have been diagnosed as well. The phenomenon of this illness is that it is diagnosed in adolescent males at a significantly higher rate than their female counterparts. Understanding the illness and diagnosis is beneficial for those working closely with this population."
Professor Nathan Jordan has more than 10 years of experience in counseling and mental health, including institutional counseling at the juvenile hall in Springfield, Ohio, and CRC State Prison Norco, Calif. He is a former high school teacher and spent years conducting trainings on behavior modification and classroom management. He works with the County of San Bernardino Department of Social Services and is currently a professor of psychology at Argosy University, Inland Empire. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from South Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix.
Contact: Ryan C. Smith, [email protected]
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October
Joy Guinn Shabandar, NCC, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Behavioral Sciences
Argosy University, Los Angeles
"Domestic violence continues to be a part of life for men, women, and children. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence states that one in five women and one in seven men experience some form of physical abuse in their lifetime. Victims of domestic violence need non-judgmental support and concrete resources provided to them on how to make themselves and their family safe."
Dr. Shabandar has worked with victims of domestic violence and their families since 1996. She is a National Certified Counselor in addition to holding a doctoral degree in counseling. She has been licensed and practiced counseling in four states. She has also acted as an expert witness in cases involving domestic violence. Dr. Shabandar specializes in treatment of sexual assault, addiction, and mental illness. She supervises student interns entering into the counseling profession and teaches courses related to forensic psychology and counseling psychology.
Contact: Ryan C. Smith, [email protected]
Domestic Violence – Treating the Abuser
Dr. Kimberly Thomas
Professor of Counseling
Argosy University, Chicago
"I believe the perpetrators of domestic abuse need to know when they need an intervention. Some clients don't know when they are abusing. There is a difference between couples counseling and abuse counseling. You need to treat the abuser first."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Dr. Thomas is available to talk about the perpetrators, the evolvement of domestic abuse, when perpetrators should get help and treating the abuser outside of treating the couple. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional, and can speak to mental health and suicide, cultural diversity, conflict resolution, professionalism, autism, incarceration, intimate partner violence, group counseling, substance abuse, dual diagnosis and mild to moderate emotional issues.
Contact: Mandy Wilson, [email protected]
Pros and Cons of Modern House Calls via Skype Chat
Dr. Elaina George
"Virtual medicine cannot replace the foundation of examining the patient. Under-treating a medical problem may cost the patient more with a late diagnosis or a missed diagnosis. For example, failing to treat a dental infection can be a problem since they can rapidly progress to an airway emergency if under-treated or if the patient gets an ineffective antibiotic. They will become an ENT emergency due to an airway obstruction. One has to wonder what role the accountable care organizations play, since hospitals are jumping on the bandwagon. The more they treat patients remotely, the more money they can keep at the end of the year in their ACOs to share in the profits among their members."
Based in Atlanta, Dr. George graduated from Princeton University with a degree in biology; received her master's degree in medical microbiology from Long Island University; and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and is on the advisory council of Project 21 black leadership network, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. Dr. George hosts her own radio show, "Medicine On Call," and is a keynote speaker many organizations.
Contact: Ryan McCormick, [email protected]
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