Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series,
sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.
Includes complimentary CEs
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COVID-19 presents unique challenges to persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Advanced age, underlying conditions, and cognitive decline put them at a greater risk of contracting the virus. Supportive services are essential for people living with dementia and their caregivers, and many organizations that provide those services had to find ways to sustain them amid COVID-19. This webinar will highlight the work of two ACL dementia grantees that pivoted their work to continue caring for their clients in innovative ways. Maria Ordonez from Florida Atlantic University will discuss methods used to continue adult day services and provide telehealth to clients during COVID-19. Christy Jensen from the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health out of Williamsburg, Va., will share how they adjusted procedures in their geriatric assessment clinic to continue their work.
Participants of this webinar will be able to:
- Learn about the process and adjustments made to the assessment clinics to respond to the needs of patients and their families;
- Identify how the clinics serve as a strong link for caregivers and persons with dementia to access other services and supports;
- Describe ways an ACL-ADI-SSS, grant-funded, nurse-led model of dementia-specific care and supportive services maintained virtual adult day services and supports for persons living with dementia and their caregivers during COVID-19; and
- Identify culturally appropriate, technology-assisted interventions for ethnic minority family caregivers of persons living with dementia during COVID-19.
Christine Jensen is Director of Health Services Research with the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, in Williamsburg, Va., and adjunct instructor in the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Center for Excellence in Aging has been honored with a 2013 Commonwealth Council on Aging Best Practices Award for her work with family caregiver programming and with a 2012 Best Practices Award by the Southern Gerontological Society. Jensen is a Master Trainer with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and was named the 2015 Applied Gerontologist of the Year by the Southern Gerontological Society. Her current work focuses on programming and training to support family and professional caregivers.
Dr. María Ordóñez is a Board Certified Gerontological and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in caring for the older adult through diagnosis, treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions that are generally associated with aging. Her practice focuses on transforming healthcare environments by providing culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate, caring, science-based interventions for aging populations, dedicated to meeting the needs of the unserved and underserved minority communities. Dr. Ordóñez is also a member of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council.