June 2021

June Focus – Brain Health & Caregiving

Good brain health is a state in which an individual can realize their own abilities and optimize their cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioral functioning to cope with life situations. Brain health conditions can emerge throughout the life course and are characterized by disruptions in normal brain growth and/or functioning. One such condition is dementia. Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that interfere with daily life.

Changes to your body and brain are normal as you age. However, there are actions you can take to help slow any decline in memory and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. What you eat and drink, how much you exercise, how well you sleep, the way you socialize, and how you manage stress are all critically important to your brain health.1, 2

Caregivers are an important aspect of any conversation surrounding dementia. Each year, more than 16 million Americans provide more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care for family and friends with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.1 While some aspects of caregiving may be rewarding, caregivers can also be at increased risk for negative health consequences, which may include stress, depression, difficulty maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and staying up to date on recommended clinical preventive services.

Whether you are a caregiver or simply want to maintain healthy cognitive functioning throughout your lifespan, you are invited to join Employee Wellness for June offerings focused on brain health and caregiving.

JUNE Presentations

Learn strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits straight from the experts. Browse our June webinars below. These sessions are open to all full and part time employees. For those participating in the wellness rewards program, each session is worth 10 Tier 2 points.

June 8, 9-10:30 am

Webinar

Caregiving and the Workplace 

Many of us are caregivers, not only for our children but for our aging parents as well. What are effective ways to manage caregiver stress while simultaneously trying to perform at work? In the first hour, Lisa Weitzman from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging will discuss: the stigma of caregiving; talking with your supervisor about caregiving responsibilities; understanding how your employee benefits may help; deciding if the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is right for you; and building a support community. After Lisa’s presentation, Laura Kenney, Coordinator for Leave & Disability Benefits at Kent State will be on hand to answer questions about types of leave and the Family Medical Leave Act available to KSU employees.

Register to attend "Caregiving and the Workplace"

June 17, 12-1 pm

Webinar

Exercising the Brain

Join Keith Zimcosky to learn how our lifestyle choices, such as exercise, diet, quitting smoking and mediation, can positively impact our brain health. Keith will share specific mental exercises, such as neuroplasticity, to help keep our brains strong.

Register to attend "Exercising the Brain"

June 23, 9-10 am

Webinar

Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Diseases of the brain are scary. As we age, we want to keep our brain functioning well. Join Michael Schechter, MD - Be Well Solutions, as he discusses:

  • The basics of brain function and the unique elements of the human brain
  • Strategies to maintain memory and concentration
  • Normal changes vs. abnormal ones
  • Strategies to maintain a healthy brain throughout life

Register to attend "Maintaining a Healthy Brain"

June 25, 12-1 pm

Webinar

Ask your Eldercare Specialist: Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly

Eldercare Specialist, Kelsey Loushin, LICDC-CS, CDP, will provide a brief overview of the differences in cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer’s. etc. and then open up the floor for your questions.

Register to attend "Ask your Eldercare Specialist"

 

THE LONGEST DAY, JUNE 21-25 

For the fourth consecutive year, the departments of Recreational Services and Employee Wellness have come together to sponsor The Longest Day® at Kent State. In honor of people fighting Alzheimer's disease and those who love and care for them, the Alzheimer's Association encourages the public to host events on the longest day of the year - the summer solstice - while raising funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer's care, support and research. We have several activities planned for the week following the summer solstice on June 20, including webinars, virtual workouts, a photo scavenger hunt, and a contest on Facebook. Click the link below to learn about the many ways you can participate in this special week. 

Visit the Longest Day page for details