Author: Lara Stauning

Thanksgiving and COVID-19

As the holidays and the colder weather approach, we are reminded of annual traditions of getting together with family and friends to celebrate.  Unfortunately, this year’s COVID 19 pandemic has made it potentially risky for many older adults to participate in these gatherings.  Please read the following notice from the Centers for Disease Control and feel empowered to make your own decision to protect yourself and those you love this holiday season, even if it means staying home and visiting virtually.  Please be safe.

Free Webinar on LTSS Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19

Join the National Center on Law & Elder Rights for a webinar on Friday, November 20th at 1:00pm ET entitled LTSS Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19.  As the COVID-19 emergency lingers, federal and state governments continue to adjust. This webinar will discuss recent changes relating to older adults, Medicaid, and long-term services and supports. Among other things, the webinar will cover the ability to receive visitors in nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities, with a focus on recent federal guidance, as well as access to support persons in hospitals. Other topics will include Medicaid changes to emergency eligibility protections, modifications to programs for home and community-based services, and vaccine distribution. Register for the webinar.

AARP Hosts LGBTQ Older Adults Discussion 11.20.20

Gen Silent  Virtual Screening & Discussion                            

Friday, November 20th & Monday, November 30th 

Gen Silent shares the stories of LGBTQ older adults dealing with the challenges & hopes of growing older. This landmark film has inspired a movement of advocates to create safe & welcoming experiences for older adults & caregivers.  UCONN, School of Social Work in collaboration with AARP CT, invites you to join a screening of the landmark film on 11/20 followed by an intimate discussion on 11/30. Registration is required.

Screening:  Friday, 11/20/2020 @ 12PM Registration for screening by Noon on 11/19/2020: The film will be available to view for 48 hours after the initial start time.

Discussion:  Monday, 11/30/2020 @ 5PM-6:15PM Registration for discussion:

Receive Certification Training Credit:

  • receive, specialized training certificate from AARP CT
  • build competency in LGBTQ/Aging issues

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Early Stage Virtual Support Programs

Early Stage Support Groups

Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems.

Early Stage Support Group for persons living with dementia 2nd and 4th Wednesday Monthly, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

Contact: Dan Belonick at 860-628-3025 or [email protected]

Early Stage Social Engagement Groups

The Alzheimer’s Association virtual early-stage social engagement programs offer a comfortable way to get connected to others who are living in the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Connecting with people who understand what you are going through may provide you with the support, encouragement and inspiration necessary to move beyond your diagnosis.

Cooking with Kristen: Dec. 15, Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip & Holiday Deviled Eggs

Contact: Carolyn DeRocco to receive the link to join at 203-623-5407 or [email protected]

Participants will receive the recipe and a gift card to purchase the ingredients.

Shared Voices Intergenerational Choir: Fridays, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Shared Voices is an intergenerational chorus (non-skill based) that gives persons living with dementia and their families a chance to do something fun, socialize, and make music together!

Contact Heather Dobbert at 860-819-1528 or [email protected]

Virtual Music Bingo First Friday Monthly, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us for a fun, musical game of BINGO from the comfort of your own home! This is a fun way to connect through music and go back in time to enjoy popular tunes.

Contact Pam at [email protected] or call 860-798-0369 to register and receive your BINGO card.

GAP Simsbury Meets Every other Thursday, 1:30 PM

Contact: Ann Pavano at 860-658-3941 or [email protected]

This program is for persons living with the early stages of dementia and their care partners. Preregistration is required.

GAP Hamden 3rd Friday Monthly, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Contact Maria Tomasetti at 203-230-1777, ext. 9706 or [email protected]

GAP – Ellington Memory Café 4th Wednesday Monthly, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Please contact Rebecca Stack at 860-870-3128 or [email protected]

This program is for persons living with the early stages of dementia and their care partner. Preregistration is required.

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Series of On-line Events for National Caregivers Month

November 9 at 6 PM 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias 

November 10 at 3 PM Healthy Living for your Brain & Body/Latest Research

November 11 at 1:30 PM 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

November 12 at 1 PM Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease 

November 16 at 10:30 AM Healthy Living for your Brain & Body/Latest Research

November 16 at 6 PM Covid and Caregiving 

November 17 at 7 PM 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias 

November 18 at 10:30 AM Culturally Responsive Dementia Care at End of Life

November 18 at 1:30 PM Effective Communication Strategies

November 19 at 1 PM Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

November 23 at 6 PM Daily Living Tips & Managing Personal Care Needs 

November 24 at 6 PM Managing Holidays for a Person with Dementia 

Quinnipiac Professor Develops “Zero Isolation” Pilot Program to Combat Loneliness

Nicholas Nicholson, who has been studying social isolation in the aging population for years, has developed the “Zero Isolation” pilot program. The aim of the program is prevent isolation and loneliness and to improve overall health in older adults. To read more about the program go to:

Stronger than COVID

Stronger than COVID is a campaign launched in late Summer and early Fall by the State of Connecticut on a variety of platforms including social, digital, print, radio, and TV. The campaign highlights Connecticut’s diverse immigrant population – and encourages everyone to unite in the fight against COVID-19 by continuing to wash hands, keep a distance, wear a mask, and get tested. The assets from the campaign are available to organizations, municipalities, and others who would like to share them.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.

The national observance is spearheaded by Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers. CAN announced the 2020 theme, #CaregivingInCrisis, highlighting new realities that family caregivers and their loved ones face during these uncertain times.

New Resources on Resuming Visits in Long-Term Care Facilities

As in-person visits resume and families return to long-term care facilities for the first time since the pandemic began, they may notice the impact COVID-19 has had on residents. During your visit you will want to note any changes in your loved one’s appearance or demeanor to get a better sense of the impact on him or her. 

This resource provides suggestions of what to look for, questions to ask, and what you can do if you have concerns about their condition. (Click on “resource” above to access information).