Published in the Palo Alto Weekly on April 2, 2021.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kari Martell (650) 289-5427
Avenidas Collaborates with Top Experts to Provide New Series of Free Caregiving Workshops for Families
(March 22, 2021, Palo Alto, CA) Avenidas is launching a new series of its free monthly Care Forum workshops in collaboration with two local elder care experts, Dr. Ellen Brown and Dr. Rita Ghatak, who will address important topics that the pandemic brought to the forefront, such as how to navigate health care systems, deal with dementia care and isolation, and tips on handling advance care planning, all critical issues families should discuss.
“At the center of all this are the caregivers who are now shouldering the added burden of isolation and separation while dealing with their own health and life circumstances. Avenidas is pleased to provide this helpful resource free of charge to the community.”Kristina Lugo, Avenidas VP of Individual and Family Services
Dr. Ellen Brown is a pioneer in developing the role of the hospice physician in the Bay Area. She has served the community by providing care in the home to thousands of hospice patients and their families in her 20 years at Pathways Hospice. She has trained countless Stanford Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics fellows who now provide care throughout the United States.
Dr. Rita Ghatak has been working extensively for two and a half decades in the field of aging with direct care, research, and education. Most recently the Founder/Director of Aging Adult Services at Stanford University Medical Center, she is now the CEO/Founder of Aging 101, an entity providing multiple services to older adults. Dr. Ghatak teaches extensively and is active in research and policy.
To register, people can visit www.avenidas.org or call (650) 289-5400. Once registered, a Zoom link will be emailed to each participant.
The 2021 Avenidas Care Forum Schedule
April 28 11-12:30pm
Navigating Your Health During the Pandemic
Practical tips for routine care and illness.
May 26 11-12:30pm
Patients and Caregivers–The New Unit of Care
Supporting caregivers and guiding the conversation with providers.
June 23 11-12:30pm
Caring for Someone with Dementia & Preserving Brain Health
How to best take care of yourself and your loved one with dementia.
July 28 11-12:30pm
It’s Time for Discharge from the Hospital
Learn how to plan during discharge and setting up care at home.
August 25 11-12:30pm
How The Pandemic Changed Advance Care Planning
Why it is more important now than ever to have those crucial conversations with loved ones?
September 22 11-12:30pm
What’s New in Palliative Care and End of Life Care
How to get the care you want and need both during serious illness and at the end of life.
Pinki Fung appeared on the Business and Lifestyle program on KTSF Channel 26 to introduce the Avenidas Chinese Community Center to the Chinese community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The video aired Friday, January 29 and Sunday, January 31st and includes an invitation to the February 18th, 2021 virtual Lunar New Year event. Thanks to KTSF for letting us share the recording.
From the Palo Alto Weekly, October 30, 2020.
Chuck Sieloff Stays Connected through Avenidas Village
Sieloff said he’s getting along fine on his own. He’s known most of his neighbors for a long time and he’s not particularly concerned for his own health. He goes to the farmers market and to the grocery store once a week; his walking group wears masks and can socially distance and there are many Zoom-based activities he enjoys through Avenidas Village.Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly
Jyllian Halliburton Brings Her Mother Home
Susannah and Jyllian Halliburton had to come up with a solution to their mother’s isolation at The Sequoias, where she received 24-hour care. Their plan: move her out and all live together under one roof.Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly
Read the Print Version
Originally published by Chris Kendrick on page 24 of the August 7th Palo Alto Weekly.
Pinki Fung, who manages the Avenidas Chinese Community Center at Cubberley, said about 15% of previous participants have chosen not to engage digitally but that her program has grown by 20% because of newcomers from places like Sacramento, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada.Chris Kendrick, Palo Alto Weekly