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Making Connections Webinar Series January Events, Seniors Health Knowledge Network

January 6 to 23, 2014

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Introduction to Essential Supported Conversation Skills
Monday, January 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
This webinar will introduce you to Supported Conversation for Adults With Aphasia (SCA™), a program that uses a set of techniques to encourage conversation when working with someone with aphasia through: spoken and written keywords, body language and gestures, hand drawings, and detailed pictographs.

Supporting Stroke Recovery
Thursday, January 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Early Researchers Laura Allen and Aneta Kielar will share findings on stroke recovery.  Laura's research focuses on rehabilitation from stroke, particularly in the chronic phase of recovery and Aneta's research focuses on neural changes affecting language and cognitive processing in patients with stroke induced and primary progressive aphasia. 

The 2-Toothbrush Technique
Monday, January 13, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
This webinar will demonstrate the 2-toothbrush technique for safe and comfortable oral care for seniors.

Making Patient Education Communicatively Accessible
Monday, January 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
In this webinar, The Teach-Back Method will be explored and adaptations using SCA™ will be demonstrated, to increase communicative access to health information.

Tuesday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Hypoglycemia is a significant problem in elderly adults with diabetes. Elderly individuals with diabetes are at greater risk than younger adults for hypoglycemic events. Several factors contribute to this risk including the high prevalence of comorbidities, polypharmacy, cognitive impairment, and concomitant use of medications that interfere with glucose metabolism. This webinar will focus on special considerations for treating older adults with diabetes.

Increasing our Understanding of Dementia
Thursday, January 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Early Researchers Jonathan Kwinta, Amber Knuff and Elina Farmanova will share findings from their dementia research.  Jonathan's research focuses on investigating the relationship between key vascular indicators. Amber's research explores examining methods for identifying and monitoring change in the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with dementia. And Elina's research focuses on dementia literacy in francophone older adults.