Fireside Chats

Our Fireside Chats are based on ADRD, age-friendly health systems and dementia-friendly communities topics. These chats are open to the community and are offered virtually via the vide-conferencing platform, Zoom. The Fireside Chats are held on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. MT. Please check our events calendar to see when the next Fireside Chat will be held. The event on the calendar will also contain the link to join the Fireside Chat remotely. For help with Zoom videoconferencing click HERE     

Below are links to the recordings of past Fireside Chats: 
5-5-22 - Kathy Nelson, BS - The Distance Dilemma: Providing Care to Loved Ones from Another State or Location
Download Kathy Nelson's slides HERE.

6-2-2 - Sonia Salari, PhD, FGSA - Severe Family Violence and the Older Victim: Prevention and Response
Download Sonia Salari's slides HERE.

4-7-22 - Kate Nederostek, MGS, CDP - Caregiver Support: National Focus, Local Implementation

Download Kate Nederostek's slides HERE.

3-3-22 - Kristy Russell, CHES - Dementia in Utah: Supporting Statewide Efforts with One Plan
Download Kristy Russel's slides HERE.

2-3-22 - Emogene Hennick-Dunn, PhD, MSW, LCSW - A Grief that Can't Be Spoken: Embarking on Truth-Seeking Journey's in Coping with Uncertainty
Download Dr. Emogene Hennick-Dunn's slide HERE.
Additional Resources:
What is EMDR?

1-6-22 - Geri Lehnardt, SSW - Assessment Techniques: Skills & Tips to Work with Older Adults and Their Caregivers
Download Geri Lehnardt's slides HERE.
Additional Resources:
What is Validation by Naomi Feil
How to Approach and Assess Older Adults with Dementia by Teepa Snow

12-2-21 - LuAnn Lundquist, BS, TRT - Creating a Community-Based Activity Group for Seniors with Dementia
Download LuAnn Lundquist's slides HERE.

11-4-2021 - Sarah Jane Obray, MS - Let's Have Some Fun: Dementia Caregiver Kits
Download Sarah Jane Obray's slides HERE.

10-7-2021 - A. Enrique Varela, DDS - The Mouth: The Sixth “M” of Geriatric Care
Download Dr. Varela's slides HERE

9-2-2021 - Linda Cole, LCSW - The Importance of Staying Connected in Challenging Times

8-5-2021 - Dr. Larry Garrett and Hailey Haffey - Voices from the Community: Listening and Learning from those with Memory-Related Conditions and their Families
Download Dr. Haffey's slides HERE
Download Dr. Garrett's slides HERE
Additional Resources:
DasGrupta_The Art of Medicine: Narrative Humility
Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, Part I: What is Narrative Medicine?
7-1-21 - Bonnie Shepherd and Catherine Sharpsteen, Former Family Caregivers, Dementia: What if it's not Alzheimer's
Download slide HERE
6-3-21 - Megan Owen, BS, Nutrition and Dementia: Caregivers Mealtime Needs
Download slides HERE
5-6-21 - Rebecca Utz, PhD, The Importance of Respite and How to Make the Most of Your Respite Time

The Time for Living and Caring (TLC) research study at the University of Utah is seeking family caregivers to persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia.  We are looking for ADRD caregivers who want and deserve to have more consistent respite time - and who are willing to try-out and provide feedback about an online coaching resource we created to help caregivers get more benefit from their respite.  Please circulate the attached flier to potential participants or reach out to the TLC research office, or for more information

Download information about the TLC Study HERE.
4-1-21 - Patricia Schwab, BS, Planning Together for Living with Dementia  
Download slides HERE
3-4-21 - Lisa Morrise, Executive Director for Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, Engage is a Verb: Active Engagement Between Clinicians, Patients, Family Members and Caregivers
Download slides HERE
Find additional resources below:
  1. From Comagine Health:  Innovative Activities: Preserving Functional Ability During the COVID-19 Crisis.
  2. From the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care:
  3. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
2/4/21 - Ann Wolter, RN, DON and Kate Nederostek, MGS, CDP from the Solstice Medical Group presenting, "A Good Life to the Very End"
Download slides HERE
1/7/21 - Dr. Jeanette Koski presenting, "Utilizing Procedural Memory as a Means to Increase ADL Participation for Those with Dementia"
Download slides HERE
12/3/20- Dr. Sarah Morimoto presenting "Neuroplasticity in the Aging Brain: How to Maintain and Enhance Function"
11/5/20- Dr. Troy Andersen, presenting "Dementia Care Transitions: Dead Ends, Detours, Denial"
Download slides HERE
10/1/20- Michelle Malais, CSA presenting "Funding Care in Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities"
Download slides HERE
9/10/20- Emily Christensen, MS presenting "Music-Based Caregiving"
Download presentation information and resources HERE
8/20/20- Dr. Gail Towsley presenting "Me & My Wishes"
Download slides HERE
8/6/20- Scott Rasmussen, Moriah Mason and Nancy Madsen presenting on "Getting the Help You Need: Community Resources for Caregivers"
Download Scott's slides HERE
Download Moriah's slides HERE
Download Nancy's slides HERE
Find the contact information for Utah AAA's HERE

7/16/20- Rosemary Quatrale presenting on "Creative Interventions to Reduce Social Isolation for People with Dementia and their Caregivers"                                                                                                              Download slides HERE

7/2/20- Dr. Corinna Tanner presenting on "Tips & Tricks for Optimizing Vision"
Download slides HERE

6/25/20- Melissa Batchelor, PhD presenting on "How to Stay Healthy Long-Term during COVID-19"
Download slides HERE

6/4/20- Jackie Eaton, PhD presenting on "Arts-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia"
Download slides HERE

5/21/20- Dr. Jim Ballard presenting on "Simple Exercises You Can Do in the Home"

Download slides HERE   
Find Online Exercise Examples HERE

5/7/20- Katarina Felsted, PhD presenting on "Promoting Resilience through Mindfulness"
Download slides HERE

4/23/20- Dr. Tim Chambless presenting on "Current Issues and How to Identify 'Fake News' or Information"

4/9/20- Dr. Kathie Supiano presenting on "Coping with Stress During the Health Crisis"
Download slides HERE

2/10/20- Kara Dassel, PhD presenting on "The LEAD Guide: Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer's and Dementia"
Download slides HERE

Download LEAD Guide HERE

12/4/19- Dr. Rand Rupper presenting on "Screening for the 3 D's: Dementia, Depression, & Delirium"
Download slides HERE

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