At VOYCE, we educate and empower individuals and their families for quality living across the continuum of long-term care. Join us for one of our FREE informative webinars.

Planned 2023-2024 Education Courses

Below is the course schedule for 2023-2024. Registration is free but required. Please note that some times are subject to change, and registrants will be made aware in advance. The link to each Zoom session for any given month will not be sent immediately, but will be sent closer to the date it will be held. Please do not register multiple times. If you would like a reminder of which sessions you registered for, please contact Shelby Collier at 314-919-2410 or scollier@voycestl.org.

Netflix’s movie “I Care a Lot” portrays a woman who quickly assumes guardianship over wards, stripping them of their rights, lives, and assets. With public figures like Britney Spears and Michael Oher coming forward about their experiences, guardianship has been a popular topic in the media. Join VOYCE to learn about the legal reasons and purposes behind guardianships, who can become a guardian, scenarios where a guardian or public administrator might be appointed, and alternatives to plan for your future.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Paul Gantner with Amen, Gantner, and Capriano, Your Estate Matters, LLC

Ensuring that everyone in our families is safe is of the utmost importance. Think about your father – he takes pride in his collection of guns. Think about your mother – she loves the freedom she feels in her vintage convertible. What steps would you take after the onset of dementia symptoms to ensure safety? Learn from an expert about considerations regarding persons with dementia and their living environment, driving habits, weapons, medications, falls, and more.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Phillips, MPA with Washington University Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Although death is one certainty of life, it’s not uncommon to hear that planning for it is a hurdle some would rather not cross. Consider questions like, would you want or know how to access hospice care? How would you communicate your wishes with the people you are closest to? Take the guesswork out of planning your last chapter. Learn decision-making and communication regarding death, dying, and hospice with your friends and relatives from Brian Carpenter.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Brian Carpenter, Ph.D. with Washington University St. Louis

According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging done by the University of Michigan, most adults aged 50-80 (88%) felt it is important to remain in their homes for as long as possible, a phenomenon widely known as aging in place. Why is this on the rise? Learn the potential benefits of aging in place, what’s necessary to plan for aging in place, and the challenges and risks associated with aging in place.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Chien Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT

By 2030, more than 1/5 of the U.S. population will be 65. Nursing homes are experiencing a shortage of staff, with the number of employees falling from 1.5 million to 1.3 million between February 2020 and December 2022. This, combined with the increase in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and the growing cost of elder care, has led to more and more older adults choosing to age in place. Join New Horizons PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) to explore aging-in-place options, how they compare, and the financial components of alternate aging-in-place programs.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: New Horizons PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)

The pressures of caregiving, whether inside or outside the home, can lead to a lack of empathy and several physical symptoms, known as caregiver compassion fatigue or burnout. In the wake of a pandemic that claimed over 5.5 million lives, knowing your limits and what to do when you’ve reached them is essential. Learn the signs of caregiver compassion fatigue to identify them in yourself or others and explore options for relief.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speakers: Alicia Christopher and Jodie Finney, CGCP, DPT with The Caregiver Club

Loneliness and lack of connection in older adults have recently been reported as a public health crisis in the United States, the consequences of such potentially being an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and premature death. What role does transportation play in exacerbating this problem, and how is this being addressed in St. Louis? Get your questions answered in this webinar!

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speakers:

Michele Prevedel, Visit-A-Bit Program Manager, Visiting Nurses Association

Margi Valleroy, Community Options and Services Manager, Aging Ahead

Are you worried about being financially scammed, missing bill payments, or neglecting to review your bank account statements? Or have you struggled to update your beneficiaries? If so, a daily money manager can help. These financial professionals offer personal services to individuals, families, older adults, people with disabilities, busy professionals, high-net-worth individuals, and small businesses. Learn more about their services and how you can protect your assets as you grow older.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: Cynthia Hoffman, Daily Money Manager and Certified Senior Advisor, Best Life Advisors

According to the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), there are more than 2.4 million LGBT adults over 50 in the United States. For older members of this population, significant barriers exist when it comes to resourcing services, including housing. All humans deserve access to health care and legal support to ensure their rights are upheld, especially older LGBT individuals. This presentation will outline St. Louis-based resources regarding health care, legal support, housing, and more for LGBTQ+ older adults.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker:

Sydney Kopp-Richardson, Sage

Additional speaker TBA.

An essential aspect of healthy aging is social interaction, and communication is a critical part of social interaction. Research shows that elder speak can lead to negative social, physical, and psychological consequences in older adults, including social withdrawal, low self-esteem, and dependent behaviors. Learn how eliminating elder-speak will improve outcomes for all of us.

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Maurya Cockrell

According to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2021 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults, 1 in 4 Black and Latinx/Hispanic older adults report racial or ethnic discrimination when seeking health care. Join this webinar to discuss the systemic inequities in health care among older adults. Learn the key aspects of the current state of racial disparities in health care and their effects on older people. The speaker will provide information about policy recommendations to address this systemically and how you can be an agent for change for your and your community’s health.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker: TBA

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