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As always, all of our HealthMeet webinars are FREE and open to everyone, so we encourage you to share/post this information with others that may also be interested in learning more about these important topics.

What’s for Dinner? Planning for Success in Healthy Eating
Date: Wednesday, November 20th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RDN, LD –President of Medlen Consulting, Author, and Registered Dietitian

It’s dinner time. The person you support is really hungry. You scrounge through the fridge to find something to make. It’s either empty or what is there takes too long to make. What do you do? Is fast food or pre-prepared food really an easy and healthy choice? Is it really what the person you support would choose if they weren’t so hungry? Sometimes it feels like a big catch 22 with no good solutions. In this webinar you will learn ways to set everyone up for success in a person-centered way. Healthy eating and informed choices start with the people we support.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the “Choose Three” method of balancing a meal.
  • Create a planning system for meals.
  • Infuse person-centered practices into the menu planning process.

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Disability and Sexuality
Date: Tuesday, November 26th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenters: APHA Disability Section

The APHA Disability Section will be conducting a webinar sharing results from current research studies they have been focusing on throughout the past year. This webinar will focus on sexuality and intellectual disability.

Dilana Schaafsma, assistant professor at Maastricht University – Gouverneur Kremers Centrum in the Netherlands, will identify determinants of teaching sex education, and the implications for developing and delivering sex education to adults with intellectual disabilities with the aim to improve the development of future sex education programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Gilbert Gonzales MHA, a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota, will be discussing access to health care and health outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. His presentation will discuss disability issues unique to older sexual minorities and present findings on disability among older adults in same-sex relationships.

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**We have a special 2 part webinar series coming up in December that will focus on Dementia in individuals with IDD**


Dementia in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, December 4th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
Presenter: Ronald Lucchino, PhD – President of the Board for Southwest Florida Area Agency on Aging, Sarasota, Florida

Dr. Ronald Lucchino, Ph.D. President of the Board for the Southwest Florida Area Agency on Aging, joins us to give a comprehensive overview of dementia. In this webinar he will describe behaviors and symptoms of dementia, the different types and risk factors to mis-diagnosing an adult with an intellectual disability with dementia. Examples will be given to show the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia in adults with IDD as opposed to the general population.

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Understanding Behavioral Changes in Adults with IDD and Dementia
Date: Wednesday, December 11th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenters: Kathryn Pears – Founder and CEO of Dementia Care Strategies, and Dr. Kathleen Bishop – PI for the Program on Aging and IDD at Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center

This webinar will dive into the behavioral aspects of dementia in persons with IDD. Dr. Kathie Bishop and Ms. Kathleen Pears will team up to go into detail regarding symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia in this population, and how sensory challenges can often be misinterpreted and associated with dementia. Environmental factors that can contribute to certain behaviors will be introduced as well as changes that you can make in an individual’s environment that will help to reduce specific attributes as well.

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Please see our HealthMeet® Events page for a full calendar of all our upcoming HealthMeet® events at: www.thearc.org/healthmeet-events.