Caregiver Lectures

Caregiver Lectures

Starting June 8th at 2 PM, lectures and discussions will be offered by the OASIS WeCare Institute to the general public bimonthly for Caregivers at the Heritage Barn in Brewster.

Lectures will continue on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Upcoming schedule

June 8th

What is cognitive decline? NASEM Health and Medicine Division, Anna Burke, MD, Barrow Neurological Institute

What is normal decline?

June 22nd

Depression & Cognitive Impairment, presented by Phil Borders, MD

July 13th

Is it Depression or Dementia? Claire Morley & Nicolette Asselin, MD

Types of declines that can be treated or slowed down.

July 27th

How should one go about diagnosing and why it is important to know from a provider trained on the subject?

Stories about misdiagnoses. Rush to diagnosis by unqualified providers.

August 10th

Understanding Dementia. What are the different type of dementia? Presented by Susanne Faith, R.N. CDP and Allan Johnson, MSW, Lic SW

How to get assistance if a family member has been diagnosed?

August 24th

Activities to reduce anxiety, by Claire Morley – Labyrinth Health Advocacy

Flowering your Mind, by Susanne Faith, R.N. CDP

September 14th

Managing Behaviors in Dementia, by Susanne Faith, R.N. CDP and Allan Johnson, MSW, Lic SW

What caregivers need to know about caring for someone? Options. Discuss Pro/con. Nicolette Asselin, M.D. OASIS WeCare Institute

September 28th

Caring for the Caregiver, by Claire Morley – Labyrinth Health Advocacy


June 2023
The Physical Connection

The Physical Connection

The Secret Ingredients of Cognitive Wellbeing

Physical activity is an integral part of who we are. However, when someone suffers an accident or contracts an illness, a whole part of the self goes dormant until reawakened by some known sensory input. Adaptive sports address that very issue. It has the power to give someone new wings.

My personal experience on this subject was with my husband. Before his head injury, we were always doing some form of sport recreation, skiing, or bicycling. After his injury, it stopped, we did PT and speech therapy, and it helped. However, the day he joined an Adaptive Sports program with Spaulding Rehabilitation, a side of him woke up again. After he returned from the first recumbent bike session, his face and words had changed. His eyes sparkled glitters. “I have not had that much fun in a very, very long time.” It was as if it had awoken some other part of his being as if he had found a new purpose. Being an adventurous person by nature, the experience had brought back all the things he once enjoyed, or he had once wanted to do. Now he would say: “Let’s have a ride in a Hot Air Balloon.” He watched now program with a sense of: “I could do that.” The skinniest skyscraper was now something we could visit, as he marveled at the design and engineering ingenuity. Some parts of himself were reborn, and he was enthusiastic once again. I cannot enumerate the many aspects of the beneficial effects of the few sessions we attended.

We also experienced something similar when I had hired someone to do Yoga classes. Debra Hyson, a Certified Yoga Instructor with extended experience teaching elders, reconnected his right and left. It also seemed to coincide with his losing the left neglect he had been experiencing in the past two years.

In summary, I experienced a close-up of the precious gains from any physical activity on cognition and moods.

By Nicolette Asselin, writer at Reflex-ions



How can music help people who with Cognitive Decline?

How can music help people who with Cognitive Decline?

Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D.*

Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.

For example, music can:
Relieve stress
Reduce anxiety and depression
Reduce agitation
Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety and distress, lightening the mood, and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating.

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  • Jonathan Graff Radford, M.D., studies normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, cerebrovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Specific disorders of interest include mild cognitive impairment, vascular cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, corticobasal syndrome, posterior cortical atrophy and frontotemporal dementia.