Specialist in long-term care problem solving to speak Aug. 8

A specialist in resolving complaints and care issues for people in nursing homes, memory care, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

It is the third in a series of events about senior housing issues sponsored by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D), part of the monthly Dementia Caring & Coping talks at the library.

Speaking about “Know Your Rights” will be Aisha Elmquist, a specialist in the Minnesota Ombudsman for Long-Term Care central office in St. Paul. Her presentation will focus on how to advocate for yourself or a loved one in long-term care.

Some of those rights are changing, under a law passed by the legislature earlier this year.

Minnesota will become the last state to begin licensing its 1,200 assisted living facilities, a process that will take two years to complete. The change will include a new bill of rights for residents. More than 55,000 people live in assisted living homes in Minnesota, compared with about 30,000 in nursing homes.

And starting next January, families are allowed to set up hidden cameras in a relative’s care-facility room for 14 days if they suspect abuse. After that, families must notify the facility but may keep the cameras in place.

Previous sessions in this housing series examined the housing options for people who need more care than they can receive in their own homes, and tours of three types of senior housing.

Preparing in advance for possible future housing needs can ease the anxiety and improve decision making for people who may be growing frail and the families who help them, local aging experts say.

Next month, the Caring & Coping topic will be “Improving the Treatment and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders.” The speaker will be William Frey II, Ph.D, an internationally known Alzheimer’s expert who is founder and research director of the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul. 

He will describe the latest efforts to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, including intranasal insulin that improves memory, attention and functioning; using exercise and diet to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s; and treatments being developed for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and other brain disorders.

Roseville A/D is a local volunteer group that since 2013 has presented educational programs to help people with dementia and their families, friends and neighbors. It also sponsors a Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative for former caregivers, and now is engaged in a Dementia-Friendly Airports Project. For more information about Roseville A/D or the Caring & Coping series, go to www.cityofroseville.com/DementiaInfo.

 

—Warren Wolfe is a Roseville resident who retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health policy issues. He is active in Roseville A/D.

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