Lunch & Learn Series

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Lunch & Learn Series
  • Learn about services that support the health and well-being of North Dakotans as they age. 
  • Attend these short educational sessions (Most are 30-minutes long and are held 12-12:30 p.m. Central Time on scheduled days)

 

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MAY 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

MAY 11, 2023 - Cross-Cultural Communication in the Healthcare Workplace

Dr. Jeremy Holloway, University of North Dakota

  • Build better relationships with colleagues and the people you serve. 
  • Learn practical steps you can take to communicate and collaborate better with individuals who are different than yourself.

Recording of presentation


MAY 18, 2023 - Vision Services: Maintaining your Independence

Aimee Volk, Vision and Independence Living Services Administrator, HHS Vocational Rehabilitation 

  • Learn about Visions Services the HHS Vocational Rehabilitation team offers to help people who have severe vision loss live independently in the community.
  • Vision Services Presentation

Recording of presentation 


MAY 25, 2023 - Retirement and Social Security

Patty Hoffman, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

  • Understand retirement eligibility and how work affects the Social Security benefit
  • Learn about spousal and survivor benefits, Medicare and online services
  • Retirement Presentation

No Recording Available.

JUNE 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

JUNE 8, 2023 - Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), 12 - 1 p.m. Central Time

Patty Hoffman, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

  • Understand the difference between SSDI and SSI
  • Learn who qualifies and how to apply
  • Understanding your responsibilities and how to appeal if a claim is denied
  • SSA Disability Presentation

No Recording Available


June 22, 2023 - Qualified Service Provider Hub, 12 - 12:30 p.m. Central Time

Daniall Deis, Education Coordinator, Center for Rural Health-UND

  • Learn about North Dakota's QSP Hub serves, which is a resource center for agency and individual qualified service providers (QSPs) who provide in-home and community-based services to help people with physical disabilities to live at home in the community.
  • Learn about the support, educational tools, training opportunities the Hub providers to these service providers

Recording of presentation 


June 29, 2023 - Social Security Online Services, 12 - 12:30 p.m. Central Time

Patty Hoffman, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 44236571#, 711 (TTY)

No Recording Available

JULY 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

JULY 13, 2023 – Social Security Administration Children’s Benefits, 12 - 12:30 p.m. CDT

Patty Hoffman, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 383229317#, 711 (TTY)

  • Learn about eligibility for children under a parent’s record
  • Discuss eligibility and benefits for a child with a disability
  • Understand "representative payee" applications and who can apply on behalf of a child
  • Understand "representative payee" responsibilities
  • Learn about when a child can receive benefits from a grandparent’s record

JULY 27, 2023 – SSA Medicare, 12 - 12:30 p.m. CDT  

Patty Hoffman, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 402476078#, 711 (TTY)

  • Learn about eligibility to Medicare
  • Understand the difference between Medicare Part A & Part B
    • What is the premium for Part B?
  • Learn when do you apply for Medicare
  • Discuss the Extra Help Program for the Prescription Drug Plan, how to apply, and income and resource guidelines
  • Medicare Presentation
  • Medicare Handout
AUGUST 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

AUGUST 3, 2023 - Hearing Loss, 12 -12:30 p.m. CDT

Kathy Diane Frelich, Hearing Outreach, NDSD/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 517102413#, 711 (TTY)

  • Learn about hearing loss, safety and communication devices, and the services provided by the NDSD Adult Hearing Outreach team to support safety and independence
  • Speaker will discuss prevalence of hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, communication tips, the Americans with Disability Act, tools, services, and available grants
  • Hearing Loss Presentation
  • iPad Apps Handout

Recording of presentation

AUGUST 10, 2023 - Senior Companion Services, 12- 12:30 p.m. CDT

Justine Irakiza, Program Coordinator, Lutheran Social Services Senior Companion

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 201723981#, 711 (TTY)

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AUGUST 17, 2023 - Senior Medicare Patrol, 12-12:30 p.m. CDT

Brenda Munson, Project Coordinator, ND Senior Medicare Patrol (ND SMP) Project at ND Center for Person with Disabilities

AUGUST 24, 2023 – Food insecurity and medically-tailored meals and Homestyle Direct nutrition services

12-12:45 p.m. CDT

Tonna Quesnell, Director of Healthcare Partnerships, Homestyle Direct

  • Learn about food insecurity and food as Medicine
  • Learn about Homestyle Direct as an option for the food insecure population and those needing medically- tailored meals.
  • Homestyle Direct is a Medicaid in-home and community-based services and SPED program provider. Learn about services and how to refer Medicaid members.
  • Presentation

Recording of presentation

AUGUST 31, 2023 – North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), 12-12:30 p.m. CDT

Rebecca Quinn, Associate Director, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 938266581#, 711 (TTY)

  • Learn how a brain injury impacts individuals across their lifetime
  • Learn about the role of NDBIN
  • Discuss community-based services available for individuals with brain injury

Recording of presentation

SEPTEMBER 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 - Assistive Technology (AT) Part 1: Assistive Technology Can Help Older Adults Remain at Safely at Home – Equipment, 12 -12:30 p.m. CDT

Courtney Ness, AT Training Specialist, North Dakota Assistive

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 726 850 351#, 711 (TTY)

Individuals experiencing the effects of aging can benefit from assistive technology in many areas of daily life such as hearing in-person conversations and on the phone, seeing, cooking, and eating, medication management, bathroom safety, personal cares, and dressing, enjoying leisure activities such as reading and crafting, and remaining safely in the home. 

North Dakota Assistive is a 501c3 non-profit organization that administers the federal AT Act program and several other state/federal contracts, all designed to get assistive technology into the hands of those who need it. Our vision is to ensure everyone has access to assistive technology when they need it.

Recording of presentation

SEPTEMBER 28, 2023 - Assistive Technology (AT) Part 2: Assistive Technology Can Help Older Adults Remain at Safely at Home – Services, 12 -12:30 p.m. CDT

Courtney Ness, AT Training Specialist, North Dakota Assistive

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 161 248 958#, 711 (TTY)

Individuals experiencing the effects of aging can benefit from assistive technology in many areas of daily life such as hearing in-person conversations and on the phone, seeing, cooking, and eating, medication management, bathroom safety, personal cares, and dressing, enjoying leisure activities such as reading and crafting, and remaining safely in the home. 

North Dakota Assistive is a 501c3 non-profit organization that administers the federal AT Act program and several other state/federal contracts, all designed to get assistive technology into the hands of those who need it. Our vision is to ensure everyone has access to assistive technology when they need it.

Recording of presentation

OCTOBER 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

OCTOBER 5, 2023 – An Introduction to North Dakota’s Community Clinical Collaborative (NDC3), 12-12:30 p.m. CDT

Brianna Monahan, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Coordinator, HHS Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 455100005#, 711 (TTY)

  • Learn how NDC3, a web-based referral platform, can help communities create a culture of health, where prevention and wellness are the norm
  • Learn how the evidence-based NDC3 programs provide education, fitness instruction, and self-care strategies to help North Dakotans experience improved wellness and quality of life. (Note: They do not replace clinical care provided by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.) 

OCTOBER 11, 2023 – Nurturing Elder Engagement, Memory and Cognitive Health Through Visual Thinking Strategy, 12:00-12:45 p.m. CDT

Rebecca Engelman, The Engelman Group

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID: 261007356580#, 711 (TTY)

Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) is an inquiry-based teaching method that improves a participant’s ability to describe, analyze, and interpret imagery and information through observing and discussing visual art. VTS supports the development of critical thinking skills and encourages participation in collaborative discussions, especially among those who struggle with traditional text-based or lecture-based learning environments. At the core VTS is a practice, or facilitation protocol, used to hold space for a group doing structured, yet open-ended, evidence-based discussions concerning a dilemma. Teachers from all around the world are using VTS as it is truly multidisciplinary and can be used across subject matter and disciplines (Language Arts, Writing, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Critical Thinking.) More recently, VTS is gaining traction with medical institutions and health professionals with applications towards medical diagnosis, bias awareness, and inter-professional teamwork. 

October 19, 2023 - ND Aging in Community Project  12-12:30 p.m. CDT

Jane Strommen, Ph.D., Gerontology Specialist/Extension Human Development & Family Science, North Dakota State University 

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  1138625608#, 711 (TTY)

Rural communities face many challenges in helping older adults age well in their homes and community.  The ND Aging in Community Project is a pilot project designed to develop a local community-based model to address the needs of older adults and their family members residing in the area.  NDSU Extension has received a three-year grant to fund the pilot project.

October 26, 2023 - Creative Healing: Storytelling through Traditional Art  12-12:45 p.m. CDT

Pieper Bloomquist 

Join the meeting online (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  1169589408#, 711 (TTY)

Contemporary folk artist Pieper Fleck Bloomquist will discuss how she uses the traditional Swedish Folk Arts of dalmålning and bonadsmålning (painted narrative tapestries) to help with community and personal storytelling. Using recent paintings as examples and her experiences as an Oncology nurse, she will describe her process of gathering stories from elders and community members, providing intergenerational painting workshops, and discuss the impact her activities have had on both her and the people she has served.

NOVEMBER 2023 - Lunch & Learn Programs

November 2, 2023 - Exercise Ball Drumming: Training to Promote the Physical, Cognitive, and Social Engagement of Older Adults  12-12:45 p.m. CDT

Hamzat Amoussa Koriko Ph.D.

Join the meeting (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  1169681732#, 711 (TTY)

Exercise ball drumming is a very popular activity in care facilities around the country. Yet activity directors who lead these sessions seldom focus on sequential skill-based learning. Why is this important?  Dr. Gene Cohen, a pioneer in the field of geriatric psychiatry and the first person to conduct a national study on creativity and aging, reported that “professionally conducted, community-based, cultural programs resulted in higher overall ratings for physical health, fewer doctor visits, less medication use, fewer instances of falls, increased activity for the participants, and a reduction in risk factors driving the need for long-term care.”  

In response, Hamzat developed an ongoing, online, and in-person exercise ball drumming training program. It provides the knowledge and skills to incorporate Togolese African drumming techniques into engagement activities with elderly populations. Weekly sessions focus on eldercare activity directors building upon their skills and knowledge so that they, in turn, can advance the capacity of the elder residents they serve. The program starts with basic drumming techniques and movements and gradually advances to more complex rhythms and patterns. The interactive training is designed with a social emotional approach, promoting physical activity, cognitive stimulation, social interaction, and cultural immersion. 

November 9, 2023 - Art for Life: Folk Arts, Aging, Health, and Wellness  12-12:45 p.m. CDT

Troyd Geist

Join the meeting (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  1188116674#, 711 (TTY)

Folklorist Troyd Geist will introduce the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ Art for Life Program which seeks to improve the health and wellness of elders, often including intergenerational interaction, through intensive art and artist interactions. He will provide real examples of projects and contextualize them with medical, sociological, and other studies that show the positive impact consistent, ongoing creative interaction has on the health and wellness of older adults. 

Recording of presentation

November 16, 2023 – AmeriCorps in North Dakota  12:00 – 12:30 p.m. CDT

Ryan Volk

Join the meeting (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  1182999914#, 711 (TTY)

Helping organizations meet community needs through service using the following programs, AmeriCorps Seniors, AmeriCorps Foster Grandparents, AmeriCorps RSVP, and AmeriCorps State and National.

Recording of presentation

DECEMBER 2023 - Lunch & Learn Program

December 7, 2023 - Human Rights in North Dakota  12:00 - 12:30 p.m. CDT

Barry Nelson

Join the meeting (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  230219500168#, 711 (TTY)

ND Human Rights is a statewide human rights advocacy non-profit in North Dakota that for the past 20+ years has educated and advocated on behalf of human rights. One of the major and growing threats to human rights of our Indigenous, Black Indigenous Persons of Color (BIPOC); and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is a lack of awareness of those basic rights and the resources available to promote everyone's rights - but also the attempts to curtail and restrict those rights legislatively. 

December 14, 2023 - The Fair Housing Act and Disability Protections  12-1:00 p.m. CDT

Michelle Rydz – High Plains Fair Housing

Join the meeting (click link) or join by phone (audio only) by calling (701) 328-0950, Conference ID:  1176670778#, 711 (TTY)

In this one hour virtual workshop, learn about the disability specific regulations of fair housing laws (focusing on rental transactions). 
Topics to be discussed: common types of disability based housing discrimination, disability specific fair housing regulations and guidance, reasonable accommodations and modifications, and design and construction accessibility requirements.
 

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What is a Multigenerational Plan for Aging?

  • The educational lunch and learn sessions are part of North Dakota's Multigenerational Plan on Aging initiative, which uses strategic planning to:
    • Help North Dakota transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for adults as they age
    • Enable North Dakotans to communicate a clear vision and priorities for their state
    • Guide state and local programs, public and private initiatives, policies and funding to support aging
    • Reflect input from communities, stakeholders, public and private businesses, and people of all ages and abilities
    • Leverage data and benchmarks to impact change

What Can the Plan Accomplish?

  • Build bridges across government and stakeholder agencies
  • Facilitate collaboration with diverse stakeholders to help identify shared values, mutual goals, and opportunities to improve person-centered supports and services
  • Raise awareness among policymakers and the public about how aging and disability-related policy impacts people at all stages of life, including retirement planning, family caregiving, and living with disabilities
  • Create partnerships that bring stakeholders together to influence policy with data
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chart showing the 4 goals of a Multigenerational Plan on Aging for North Dakota

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Take our survey. Provide input on ND's four goals.

 

Partners

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AARP: Josh Askvig, Janelle Moos

ND Alzheimer's Association: Melanie Gaebe

ND Long Term Care Association: Nikki Wegner

ND HHS Adult & Aging Services: Nancy Nikolas-Maier, Michelle Gayette, Jaclyn Seefeldt and Shadoe Almer

ND Governor Burgum's Office - Constituent Services

ND Legislative Representative: David Richter