1. Completed Program | Thursday, July 09, 2020 | 7:00 pm via Zoom| “How to Stay Balanced – The Importance of Regular Exercise During Social Distancing“
Program Description: Tiffany E. Shubert, PT, PhD is a physical therapist and a researcher. Her area of expertise is healthy aging and injury prevention. She has spent several years researching alternative ways for older adults to stay active using mobile apps, virtual reality, and zoom. Dr. Shubert will offer suggestions on how you can maintain your balance now with the gyms closed and many of your normal activities having been curtailed. Her suggestions are perfect for the hot, humid North Carolina summer and include Fearrington Cares’ own Zoom offering “Welcome to OTAGO with Vickie Mendes” on Wednesdays. Dr. Shubert first brought OTAGO to Fearrington several years ago and our residents have benefited from the program ever since.
2. Completed Program | Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 1:30 pm via Zoom| “Navigating Change Through the Pandemic“
Program Description: “We are not who we were, but we’re not who we’re going to be. We are all hanging out in the limbo zone.” Navigating the stages of any life change can bring a range of challenges—mental, emotional, and physical. Join us to explore the normal dips and curves of change. And, learn tips to build a personal “pandemic survival kit” filled with strategies for navigating the challenges of change we face at this moment. Presented by Vicki Field, who has worked with 300+ organizations, as a consultant, coach, and Learning and Development Director, to design and deliver programs on topics such as Navigating Change, Stress Management, Leadership, and Career Development, and Building the Bonds of Friendship at Midlife and Beyond. Vicki now also leads a program for new residents of Fearrington Village, “Adjust to a Move, Make New Connections.”
3. Completed Program Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 1:30 pm via Zoom| “How to Help Physicians Help You“
Program Description: We all have heard that we should advocate for ourselves in our health care. But how do we do that effectively? The research from social psychology and the writings of renowned health care professionals give us guidance. In this presentation, Liz Welfel, a Village resident, will describe several of the ways in which we can help ourselves get the care we need. Dr. Liz Welfel earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Minnesota and served on the faculties of Boston College and Cleveland State University. Her research and writing spanned several areas, but her major focus was on promoting the ethical practice of psychology.
4. Completed Program | Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm via Zoom | “A Good Night: Sleep Strategies for Older Adults in These Difficult Times”
Program Description: Sleep patterns change as we get older, but nighttime sleep problems and daytime sleepiness (or fatigue) are not part of the normal aging process. Meg Danforth, Ph.D., Certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine Specialist, returns to Fearrington to provide strategies for getting a good night’s sleep, identify the common causes of sleep problems in older adults, and discuss resources for treating sleep disorders. Dr. Danforth is a clinician and educator at Duke University Medical Center. As the Director of the Duke Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic, she has been helping sleep better without medication for the past 18 years. She’ll also share techniques for quieting an active mind, which can keep you up, burning the midnight oil. Are sleeping pills the solution? Dr. Danforth’s answer may surprise you!
5. Completed Program | Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 1:30 pm via Zoom | “Innovative Care Options for Living with Dementia”
Program Description: The Duke Dementia Family Support Program has been serving NC dementia family caregivers, persons living with dementia, and professionals for over 40 years. They offer free educational programs, support groups, and personalized consultation services that work to link individuals to available community resources. Their community-based services have never been limited to the Duke community or Duke patients. This presentation covered the broad array of education and services available from this program. They will offer examples of high-demand questions and their personally-tailored responses to individuals and families from the diagnosis of dementia through late-stage care. The co-presenters are Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, and founder of the Duke Dementia Family Support Program, and Janeli McNeal, MSW. Lisa is an associate professor in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the author of over 150 journal articles, books, and book chapters on working with individuals and families living with dementia. Janeli has provided a range of social work services at the Duke Dementia Family Program for over four years and previously worked with the Henderson County Council on Aging supporting at-risk older adults who were living in the bcommunity.
6. Completed Program Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm via Zoom | Should I Stay or Go?
Program Description: We’ve all heard the term “aging in place” but what does that mean for you? What makes us worry about NOT being able to live where and how we want in our retirement years? What are some of the trends in long-term care? What are the general and local options for creating the type of living arrangement that we desire? How much do specific kinds of care cost and who pays (or doesn’t pay) for them? How can we go about putting things in place to be prepared for eventual changes? Alan Millikan, RN, MHA, has over 35 years of experience in the local health care arena and helps operate Aegis, a local home care and geriatric care management company. The Clinical Director of Aegis, Kimberly Morton, RN, MSN, has over 25 years of experience as a provider and leader in acute and long-term care facilitiess. They will share national statistics and trends that will help shape the conversation and will provide a picture of the local long-term care landscape and its resources.
7. Completed Program Thursday, September 24, 2020, 1:30 pm via Zoom | What’s Up With COVID-19? A Chatham County Perspective
Program Description: Join the Fearrington Cares Education Committee in a Zoom presentation to learn from one of Fearrington’s own public health experts. Dr. Steve Stewart has spent 45 years in the fields of epidemiology and public health teaching to health sciences students, consulting in Florida and Oklahoma, and serving as Associate Dean of External Affairs at James Madison University. During this latter period, he was a consultant to the United Nations, the US State Department, and the US Departments of Defense and of Homeland Security. As a retiree in Fearrington Village, he served on the Fearrington Cares Board, including three years as its President. He is presently a member of the Chatham County Health Department Scientific Advisory Committee, which is currently working with UNC on a COVID-19 vaccine testing protocol.
8. Completed Program Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7:00 pm via Zoom | What’s New in the Field of Arthritis Treatment
Program Description: Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of disability in the US and tends to occur more frequently as people age. Dr. Lauren Porras is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina. She specializes in non-operative treatment of joint arthritis, particularly of the knees, hips, shoulders, and hands. This presentation will discuss different treatments for arthritis including bracing, medications, cortisone injections, and hyaluronic acid injections. Dr. Porras will also discuss new regenerative approaches for osteoarthritis including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), amnion-derived fluid, and various stem cell treatments.
9. Completed Program Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm via Zoom | Life in the Time of Corona at a CCRC
Program Description: In the last six months, we have all heard the phrase, “unprecedented times” more than we can count; indeed, they have been. For even the best planners among us, the COVID-19 crisis has proven that we cannot plan for everything. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) exist for people who meticulously plan for themselves, their futures, and their loved ones. So how does a CCRC serve those people during this unplanned circumstance? How has community leadership balanced resident safety with resident happiness? How have they continued to provide the exceptional service and security that residents have been promised? How are managers and staff protecting and supporting each other in this new and changing landscape? Alia Granger, Sales Counselor at The Forest at Duke, discusses some of the particular challenges of the CCRC during this time.
10. Completed Program Don’t Let Your Eyes Limit Your Lifestyle | Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Program Description: Fearrington Cares Education Committee invites you to join us in a Zoom program focusing on common eye problems that we may face as we age. Dr. Nicole Penke, a specialist in cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology, will be our guest speaker. Dr. Penke is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and was Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at the Ross Eye Institute. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has practiced ophthalmology in Virginia and Arizona. Dr. Penke recently relocated to Chapel Hill and joined the practice of Carolina Ophthalmology.
11. Completed Program Oh, My Aching Shoulder! | Thursday, January 14, at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Program Description: You may never be Tommy John or even get that reference (according to Casey Stengel, you could look it up). Of course these days you could Google Tommy John and Casey Stengel. In any case, arms and shoulders can be sources of aches and pains for athletes and pseudo-athletes. The Zoom Education Committee was happy to host a presentation by Dr. Louis Almekinders, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder disorders. This program covered common issues such as rotator cuff and biceps tendon problems, shoulder arthritis, and frozen shoulder. Dr. Almekinders included common symptoms and basic initial treatment as well as some discussion of surgical treatment.
Dr. Almekinders is a native of the Netherlands who completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and a research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the ensuing 14 years, he worked as a team physician for the varsity athletic teams and became a tenured, full professor. In 2003 he moved back to Duke University to start the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic and is currently a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
12. Completed Program Introduction to Breath Meditation | Thursday, January 28, 1:30 pm via Zoom
Program Description: This program will introduce SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga) Breath Meditation, a set of breathing techniques that can help foster serenity. Every emotion has a specific breathing pattern, so learning to focus on and control the breath can help us manage our mind and emotions. The rhythmic breathing patterns of SKY Breath Meditation can lead the practitioner toward a state of deep meditative relaxation; reducing anxiety, anger, insomnia, and depression.
Lee Farrow, based in Mountain View, CA, and the daughter of a Fearrington resident, will lead the program. She will offer demonstration and coaching as well as findings from scientific research related to the technique’s effectiveness. Lee became a certified instructor for The Art of Living Foundation in 1997. She currently supports caregivers, military families, and her local community by teaching meditation and SKY Breathing for Kaiser Permanente and Project Welcome Home Troops.
13. Completed Program Sparking Possibilities for Your New Year Ahead | Fridays, January 29, February 05 and 12, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm via Zoom / Recurring 3-Week Series
Program Description: 2021 promises to be filled with dips, bumps, and curves! It will certainly be different from 2020! You may find yourself feeling a bit muddled, disconnected, or even stuck, as you face the new year ahead. This three-week Zoom series explored, clarified, and sparked possibilities on your path forward in 2021. Over the course of three one-hour sessions, participants had the opportunity to rekindle their personal set of strengths and apply down-to-earth tips and tools for living their best life going forward. Each individual lively session combined a “lecturette” with time for guided self-reflection, fun exercises, and focused discussion. This course was taught by Vicki Field who has designed and led a wide range of workshops in her professional life and as a resident here at Fearrington Village over the past seven years.
14. Completed Program Foot Health and Common Foot Conditions | Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Program Description: Pain and uncomfortable feet aren’t a natural part of growing old or something to “put up with.” A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain, and maintain mobility. Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50 (about 115,000 in a lifetime). Many of us are walking more than ever during the pandemic. Dr. Katherine Williams, DPM, a podiatrist with the Chapel Hill office of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, discussed a variety of foot problems and treatments, and gave tips to keep your aging feet healthy, including knowing how to select proper fitting footwear.
15. Completed Program “Hear Ye…Hear Ye” | Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:30 pm via Zoom
Program Description: Dr. Stephanie Sjoblad, an audiologist with the UNC Medical Center’s Audiology Department, spoke on various aspects of auditory health and communication. She discussed how best to communicate while wearing a mask, highlight resources that may be used with online communication, and cover other tips for communicating as one ages and loses hearing. There was ample time for questions.
Dr. Sjoblad has provided hearing care services at Carolina Meadows for almost 20 years. She understands hearing loss in a unique way, having grown up as one of three siblings with congenital hearing loss. She has worn hearing aids since the age of six and received a cochlear implant in 2009. She now has bimodal hearing (one hearing aid and one cochlear implant). Dr. Sjoblad has been a member of the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1999 and the Clinic Director for the UNC Hearing and Communication Center since 2001. Her practice incorporates the most current research in audiology/communication.
16. Completed Program Dealing With the Risks of Phone and Computer Fraud, Spam, and Phishing Attacks | Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Program Description: Playing and working in the expanding fast lanes of the Internet highways and byways have created many challenges and risks for such travelers and visitors in recent years. Online digital realms offer an enormous range of benefits for those who use computers, cell phones, and Internet-based (VoIP) phones. Along with these benefits, using the Internet has produced an increasing exposure to ever-more sophisticated hidden risks of threats and thefts of personal information, passwords, financial records, bank account contents, etc. We’ll consider some key tips to defend yourself from such high-risk digital threats.
Jon Darling, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and former Acting Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, will help us prepare our digital defenses. Jon’s specialties include social psychology, sociology of family, and sociology of community, and he has focused on digital community networking since 1997. After retiring, Jon became a designated Maryland Legacy Leader on Public Policy and worked as a full-time legislative aide for constituent and policy matters in the Maryland General Assembly before moving to Fearrington. Jon has served the community in many capacities and is currently the Fearrington Cares webmaster.
17. Completed Program Physiatry: A Different Approach to Musculo-Skeletal Pain Management | Thursday, April 08, 7:00 pm to 8:00 PM via Zoom
Program Description: Learn about Physiatry, or the medical specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), with speaker Dr. Paul Tawney, a physician working with the North Carolina Orthopedic Group in Durham. He will talk about the current directions of the field of PM&R and the interactions with other medical specialties and ancillary care providers. His practice focuses on various treatment options for patients with back, neck, and other musculo-skeletal disorders. His practice also is the site for the Duke Amputee Performance Clinic. If you are living with chronic pain and interested in relief, come learn about this approach and whether the practice deserves a try!