Successful Aging Eldercare Forum

Photo of Man and WomanWednesdays, October 6 through November 17
12:00 noon to 1:00 PM in Various Locations

You must register for each workshop separately.

When available, notes for past workshops are linked below.


Welcome to Medicare and Medicaid

Photo of Patricia SelskyWednesday, October 6
12:00 noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman 427A

Patricia Selsky
State Health Insurance Program Coordinator
for the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging

If you are approaching 65, it’s time to review your health care and the options that are available for you. Whether you are new to Medicare or have a loved one with Medicare, it’s important to understand the choices that can impact your life. Learn how to navigate through the Medicare system by attending this informational session highlighting hospital, medical, prescription and supplemental coverage as well as private insurance options. This session is designed to help you make better choices that fit your personal health care needs.

Patricia Allen Selsky’s early career was in the marketing field with Marriott Corporation and IBM in the Boston area. She is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire. After moving to Maine, her work continued in the business field while volunteering in the non-profit world.

Her personal life has shape-shifted her career today. Her experience with the Alzheimer’s Association (Maine and Vermont), The Vermont Respite House, Williston Adult Day Care and currently Champlain Valley Agency on Aging has brought her full circle. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she brings her life experience and passion to her position as SHIP Coordinator for CVAA.

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Communicating with the Elders in Your Life

Wednesday, October 13
12 noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman 427A

Shelly Barton, RN-BC, BSN
Geriatric Nurse Clinician at FAHC

Communicating with the elders in our lives can prove to be challenging at times. As we age, relationships change and roles often shift. Both you and your loved one can find it hard to adjust to these changes. If, by chance, your loved one has dementia, the challenges are even greater. With dementia it is harder to think clearly and express your thoughts and emotions. The caregiver, in turn, has a hard time understanding what it is that they are trying to express. This is frustrating for everyone.

This workshop will help participants identify communication barriers and explore a variety of methods and techniques that can help foster positive communication with elders, and more specifically with people that have dementia.

Shelly Barton is the Geriatric Nurse Clinician at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Her responsibilities include Geriatric Consultations and Delirium Prevention Protocol referrals. She coordinates the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), training and supervising specialized volunteers to provide delirium prevention interventions to vulnerable elders. She lecture to staff throughout the hospital and in the community. Some of the lecture topics include: normal age related changes; delirium and dementia care; assisted living facilities; Medicaid and Medicare Services; restraint use and fall prevention. She has been part of the Fletcher Allen nursing staff for the past 21 years. She is passionate about Elder Care and looks forward to being able to share some of her knowledge with you.

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Housing Options

Wednesday, October 20
12 noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman 427A

Jen Still, Occupancy and Compliance Manager
Cathedral Square

This presentation will provide an overview of housing options for seniors, including explanations of the often-confusing types of rental housing available.

Jen Still began her career in Property Management in 1994 at a 300-unit HUD Section 8 complex in Pensacola, FL.  She continued working in housing, managing additional properties and then moved to Vermont to work for a housing software company in 1996. She began working for Cathedral Square in 2005. Jen’s certifications include COS, STAR, C3P, and HCCP, and she has taken numerous continuing education classes/seminars on Tax Credits, HUD, RD, Fair Housing, and Vermont law.

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Long-Term Care Planning

Photo of Glenn JarrettWednesday, October 27
12 noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman 427A

Glenn Jarrett Esq., CFP
Estate and Elder Law, Jarrett Law Office

As they age, many people begin thinking about how to plan for the expense of long-term care. There are very few sources of payment available for the costs of long-term care. We will explore what Medicare and other possible sources of assistance will and won’t pay for. For some people, long-term care insurance or reverse mortgages may be helpful.  Medicaid is the payer of last resort, but there are many myths and misconceptions about how Medicaid works and how to qualify for it. We will discuss Medicaid and different ways to plan for long-term care expenses at different stages of life.

Glenn Jarrett is the principal of Jarrett Law Office, PLC in South Burlington, VT, where he concentrates his practice on estate planning, elder law, Medicaid planning, special needs planning and probate and trust administration.  He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

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Care for the Caregiver: Put Your Oxygen Mask on First!

Photo of Susan Wehry, M.D.Wednesday, November 3
12 noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge

Susan Wehry, MD
UVM College of Medicine

Caregiving isn't about being superhuman—it's about being deeply human.

Caring for an aging parent or partner is rewarding but stressful work and caregivers are at higher risk than the general population for developing depression and poor health. This workshop offers an overview of the impact of stress on our bodies and brains and offers practical ways to take care of yourself and nurture your resilience.

Dr. Wehry, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, is a popular speaker and nationally recognized advocate for seniors and those who serve them. A board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, she has educated health professionals, seniors, ombudsmen, policy makers and families from Alaska to Louisiana.  Dr. Wehry is an Attending Physician in the Department of Neurology’s Memory Center and serves as a consultant to the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.

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Caring for Elder Parents at Home or at a Distance

Wednesday, November 10
12 noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge

Naomi Galimidi, PACE Vermont

This presentation will provide an overview of services for seniors, including long-term care, housing options and government programs in Vermont.  It will also offer general information regarding senior care that can be applied throughout the United States, as well as how to find information about services, along with suggested reading.

Naomi Galimidi, MSW, received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Skidmore College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany. She participated in the Internships in Aging Project, a specialty concentration at the University at Albany in aging and leadership. Naomi currently works at PACE Vermont as the Director of Intake and Marketing. PACE is a health care program that enables seniors to continue to live at home when they might otherwise need nursing home care.

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Age-Related Changes in Memory
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

William Pendlebury, MDWednesday, November 17
12:00 noon to 1:00 PM in the Davis Center's Frank Livak Room (417)

William W. Pendlebury, M.D.
Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Vermont

As we age, changes take place in memory that are generally considered benign and normal and they don’t interfere with day-to-day functioning.  When memory loss goes beyond the changes expected for normal aging, people begin to have difficulty with cognitive abilities such as language, decision making, reasoning and problem solving.  Dr. Pendlebury will describe normal memory function and contrast this with the syndrome of dementia.  Participants will attain a basic, working knowledge of age-related changes in memory, the concept of dementia, and the most common causes of dementia in people over the age of 65, which includes Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, the emerging concept of mild cognitive impairment, considered by many as prodromal Alzheimer’s disease, will be introduced.

William W. Pendlebury, M.D. is the Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Vermont. Dr. Pendlebury was appointed to the faculty of the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1984, where he is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Pathology, Neurology and Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of the Memory Clinic and the Medical Director of Eldercare Services at FAHC.

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