Insights on Aging Resources

Recent Program Recordings:

 

Insights on Aging: Checking in on Mental Health

May is National Mental Health Month and a great time to talk about mental health awareness. Prior to the pandemic, the everyday challenges of aging and caregiving were significant, but this new reality appears to be demanding more resilience and psychological flexibility than anyone anticipated.

This program, originally presented on May 13, 2022 by CJE Counseling Services, outlines the signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and caregiver stress. The potential benefit of seeking the services of a mental health professional will also be explored. Resources and self-help tips for maintaining good mental health, even during difficult times, will be shared.

Presented by
Lisa Andrews, LCSW
Therapist, CJE Counseling Services

Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor, CJE Counseling Services

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

 

 

Insights on Aging: Making Good Decisions About Taking Medication

For many older adults, there is that nagging question: “Should I take something for this condition?” Often, older adults are taking five or more medications and are hesitant to add another. A friend may recommend an over-the-counter medication that they claim is a “life changer.” An adult child may suggest an herbal supplement that appears to have some evidence based support for its effectiveness. Every specialist consulted may encourage the addition of yet one more medication to treat a very specific symptom. Social media and online searches can provide a lot of information, but it is challenging to wade through it all and to know what is trustworthy.

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on March 11, 2022. This presentation will help participants sort through confusing information about medications and clarify how you and your physician can work together to determine what is the best decision for you.

Presenter:
Nina J. Henry, LCPC, CADC
Addiction Specialist & Mental Health Educator, JCFS Chicago

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

 

 

Insights on Aging: How Changing Health Behaviors Can Impact Mental and Physical Health

Whether it is exercise, diet, meditation, or even flossing your teeth, consistently engaging in healthy behaviors is hard! In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on February 11, 2022.

This presentation will provide an overview of the science of how we create healthier habits. The lecturer will focus on specific techniques and tweaks to routines that can be done to create more consistent positive mental and physical health behaviors.

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Speaker:
Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS
Senior Director of CJE SeniorLife’s Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

 

 

Insights on Aging: The Importance of Addressing Basic Legal and Housing Issues

Research shows that there is a relationship between one’s health and social factors, such as access to stable, decent, and affordable housing and access to legal support for issues related to housing conditions. Some of those legal issues include evictions, benefits applications, bankruptcy, reverse mortgages, and loan modifications.

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on December 10, 2021. This presentation provides an introduction to CJE SeniorLife services that can help address many of these issues.

Presented by
CJE Legal Help Desk Staff
CJE Consumer Assistance Staf

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

 

 

Insights on Aging: Providing Care to People Living with Dementia

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on November 12, 2021.

This is the second presentation in a two-part series, in which participants can learn strategies to be better care partners for people living with dementia. Hands-on skills to provide assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and eating are reviewed. The focus of this presentation is on specific strategies that involve the person with dementia as an active participant in their care so that they can maintain skills and feel more comfortable. The presenter also shares resources for further learning.

Speaker:
Christie Norrick, MSW
Project Manager, Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

Watch the first part of this series, Brain and Behavior Changes with Dementia, which focuses on the physical changes that take place in the brain during the course of dementia, below or here: https://youtu.be/E8r5Hfy4b5c

 

Insights on Aging: Brain and Behavior Changes with Dementia

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on October 8, 2021. In Part 1 of our two-part series, participants can learn about the physical changes that take place in the brain during the course of dementia. This program discusses the types of behavior changes that may occur and how to appropriately adapt to the person with dementia’s “new normal.” Communication strategies are explored as well as how to best use visual, verbal, and touch cues. In addition, the presenter shares resources for further learning.

Speaker:
Christie Norrick, MSW
Project Manager, Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

The second part of this series will be offered on November 12 and will focus on specific strategies to be better care partners for people living with dementia. This program will also be recorded and will be available for future viewing.

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

To join one of our many live presentations, please visit https://www.cje.net/events.

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Insights on Aging: How to Recognize and Reduce the Risk of Delirium

Delirium impacts 1 in 10 people living in the community and up to 75% of older people during a hospitalization. Delirium can be easily confused with dementia, making it hard to diagnose and treat, leading to poor health outcomes.

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on August 13, 2021. This presentation will teach participants the signs and symptoms of delirium as well as strategies to prevent delirium from occurring. Further, you will learn how to communicate with and help a loved one who may be experiencing delirium.

Speaker:
Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS
Senior Director of CJE SeniorLife’s Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

To join one of our many live presentations, please visit https://www.cje.net/events.

 

Insights on Aging: When a Loved One is Misusing Drugs or Alcohol

Often there are negative labels used to describe friends and family members who are trying to help a loved one who is struggling with drug and/or alcohol misuse. The words “enabler” and “codependent” are commonly used and these labels may feel hurtful to the person trying to be helpful.

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on July 16, 2021. This presentation will teach participants how to recognize signs and symptoms of substance misuse and define the traditional roles that friends and family play when coping with addictive behaviors. Participants will learn a new and more curative way to view themselves and the loved ones they are trying to help.

Speaker:
Nina J. Henry, LCPC, CADC
Addiction Specialist & Mental Health Educator, JCFS Chicago

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

To join one of our many live presentations, please visit https://www.cje.net/events.

 

Insights on Aging: How to Cope with Reopening Anxiety

As more and more people are being vaccinated, the CDC relaxes some guidelines about getting together with others, and as the weather improves many are beginning—ever so slowly—to venture out to stores, social activities, or even planning travel. For many, if not most, this time of change is anxiety provoking. We read about new variants and “breakthrough cases” of COVID-19 among those who have been vaccinated that, while rare, make this a challenging time to navigate. What is safe? What isn’t? How does one handle it when their own conclusions about what they are and are not comfortable doing is at odds with family members or friends?

In this video, watch a recording of our Insights on Aging virtual community education program presented by CJE Counseling Services on June 11, 2021. This program will provide some tools and strategies to cope with reopening anxiety and how best to traverse these turbulent waters.

Speaker:
Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor, CJE Counseling Services

For more information about CJE Counseling Services, visit https://www.cje.net/counseling or call 773.508.1000.

To join one of our many live presentations, please visit https://www.cje.net/events.

 


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