2013 Caregiver Series: tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays in May, 2013, at Athens Public Library.  More information by February, 2013

This site is for caregivers. Here you will find links to online resources as well as lists of agencies and other resources.

Each spring,  the Geriatric Medicine Department offers its annual Caregivers' Series at the Athens Public Library with support from Case Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center.

Click  the 2013 Caregiver Series below for the schedule or click here link to download a copy of the brochure (available February, 2013). The brochure is available as a PDF file, which requires the free Acrobat Reader program; if you don't have Acrobat Reader installed, you can obtain it from Adobe Systems Inc. by clicking here.

Click on the links below for additional information and resources.















"There are four kinds of people
   in this world:

Those who have been caregivers,

Those who currently are caregivers,

Those who will be caregivers, and

Those who will need caregivers."

~Rosalynn Carter

2013 Caregiver Series

Caregiving for Yourself and Others as You Age

Free and open to the public

 Every Tuesday in May, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Weekly Program Schedule

6:00 – 6:15 pm – Refreshments and Socializing

6:15 – 7:15 pm – Presentation

7:15 – 7:30 pm – Refreshments and Socializing

May 7 2012

Getting Your Ducks in Order: Planning for the future

Mindy Cayton, Planner, Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8
Joan L. Stroh,
M.Ed., PCC, LSW Counselor/Social Worker

Refreshments provided by: The Laurels

May 14, 2013

End of Life Decisions: When death nears, pain control, involving children/grandchildren, home vs. residential care

Cynthia Kuttner, M.D., Chair, OU-HCOM, Department of Geriatric Medicine

Refreshments provided by: Kimes Nursing and Rehab Center

May 21, 2013

Managing Medications: Organizing, safety, disposal, use of herbal and OTC medications

Sarah Adkins, Pharm.D., BCACP

Refreshments provided by: Hickory Creek Nursing Center

May 28, 2013

Music, Memory and Mood: Music’s influence on memory and dementia, anxiety and agitation

Celia Hollander Lewis, MT-BC, Activity Therapist, Senior Psychiatric Center, Marietta Memorial Hospital and

Gay Dalzell, RMT, Music Therapist Arcadia Valley Skilled Nursing & Rehab and Kimes Convalescent Center

Both are musicians for Appalachian Community VNA Hospice and Health Services, Inc. Hospice  Music  Program

Refreshments provided by: The Lindley Inn

Sponsored by:

  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Geriatric Medicine

  • Athens Public Library

  • College of Health Sciences and Professions

Respite care (in-home coverage) is available on a limited basis.

For more information contact

Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., 740-593-1356


For more information contact Deborah Meyer, Ph.D., RN:

Annual Caregiver Series 2012

  • Making Transfers Easier and Safer & Assistive Devices
    James Odenthal, Dr. P.H., P.T, OU College of Health Sciences and Professions School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

  • Advance Directives, Guardianship and Other Legal Issues
    William Walker, Attorney at Law

  • Selecting Residential Care and Understanding Code Status
    Cynthia Kuttner, M.D., OU-HCOM, Department of Geriatric Medicine

  • How to Talk to Doctors
    Penny Shelton, MD, Holzer Health Systems, Athens

  • Preventing Boredom: Activities to Keep You Going
    Deena Webster, Activity Director, Kimes Nursing and Rehab Center

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2011 Caregiver Series

  • Ergonomics and Independent Living: In-Home Tools & Tips

  • Diana Schwerha, Ph.D., Russ College of Engineering and Technology

  • How to Deal with Disruptive Behavior: Cues and Clues

  • Joan Stroh, L.P.C.C., L.S.W., private practice

  • Staying  in Motion: Preventing Falls

  • David Russ, Ph.D.., P.T, OU School of Physical Therapy

  • Prevention of Complications: Yes, You Can

  • Maureen Clother, D.O., OU-HCOM Dept. of Geriatric Medicine

  • Palliative Care: Myths & Benefits

  • Tracy Marx, D.O., OU-HCOM Dept. of Family Medicine

2010 Caregiver Series

  • Keeping Your Own Brain Working Its Best
    Find out how to optimize your memory as you age.

  • Julie Suhr, Ph.D., Associate Professor, OU-Dept. of Psychology

  • Making Transfers Easier and Safer
    Practice transferring individuals who cannot stand or move unaided.

  • Averell  (Tootie) Overby, Dr. P.H., P.T, Director, OU School of Physical Therapy

  • Medications and Memory
    Learn how medications can impact memory positively & negatively.

  • Wayne Carlsen, D.O., Chair, OU-HCOM Dept. of Geriatric Medicine

  • Vitamin D’s Vital Role in Health: What You Need to Know
    Discuss effects of Vitamin D and what is considered an adequate level.

  • Jen-Tzer Gau, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, OU-HCOM  Dept. of Geriatric Medicine

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Caregiver Series 2009

  • Where’s My Keys: Normal vs. Abnormal Memory Lapses

  • Julie Suhr, Ph.D.

  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviors

  • Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W., private practice

  • Medicare & Medicaid: Clearing the Confusion “Blueprint for Lifelong Planning”

  • Mindy Cayton Area Agency on Aging

  • Nursing Home Placement: When & How

  • Wayne Carlsen, D.O., OU-HCOM Dept. of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology

  • Taking Care of Yourself : Physically, Emotionally & Spiritually

  • Kim Valentour, M.S.

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Caregiver Series 2008

  • Resources for the Caregiver

  • Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W., private practice and Cathy Ash, L.S.W., Area Agency on Aging

  • Legal Issues

  • William Walker, Attorney-at-Law

  • Making Tough Decisions

  • Wayne Carlsen, D.O., OU-HCOM Dept. of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology and Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W., private practice

  • Physical Activity

  • Edward Potkanowicz, Ph.D., Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions

  • Dealing with the Health Care System

  • Tina McClelland, R.N., University Medical Associates, Geriatric Clinic and Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W., private practice

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OU Respite Volunteer Program

The Ohio University Respite Volunteer Program, includes a network of trained volunteers who will provide in-home relief to  caregivers of adults in Athens. Click here to download a brochure.

 During volunteer visits to the home, the caregiver has the option of leaving or remaining at home with the volunteer. Respite services are also available for caregivers who do not necessarily live with the person receiving care.

"We respect caregivers and realize they know tremendously more about the patient than (students) with an academic base," said Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ohio University School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences.

All volunteers must complete a training session with program coordinators and are restricted to graduate and some undergraduate students from the School of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

The program benefits caregivers and their loved ones in direct and meaningful ways, and provides students a wonderful way to contribute meaningfully to people in our community," said Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., Director, Ohio University School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences. Respite activities are tailored to each individual family's needs

 For more information, contact Dr. Brooke Hallowell at 740-593-1356.

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Caregiver Organizations


Advanced Directives Materials

  •  "If Something Happens to Me" -- comprehensive, easy to use tools available to help you organize your affairs and prepare for the unexpected:  http://www.provisiopublishing.com

  • Written by a Financial Planner and an Estate Planning Attorney

  • Worksheets to record details relating to your financial, legal and insurance affairs

  • Professional insights on a host of legal and financial issues

  • Step-by-step guidance for your heirs

  • Worksheets to record funeral preferences and obituary information

  • Comprehensive document locator system

  • Websites and contact information for relevant government agencies

  • Document organizer to store your most important documents

  • Forms CD to make electronic copies of your information

  • Choices: Living Well at the End of Life: An Advance Directives Packet

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Wallet Size Advance Directives Cards

  • Appalachian Community VNA Hospice & Health Services, Inc.  The social workers with ACVNA & Hospice provide assistance for patients wanting to complete the Medical Power of Attorney and the Living Will and also have copies of Choices.

  • Gunderson Lutheran: Nice review of terminology and different aspects of advance directives

   If you have questions about Advance Directives, you may contact Kate Oches, Social Worker for VNA or Tammy Hawk, social worker for Hospice at (740)-594-8226 or (800) 837-1112 if you are outside of Athens County.


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o    Medicare covered skilled care;

o    your rights and protections; and

o    where you can get help with your questions.


Nursing Homes

Assistive devices

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

http://www.alzheimershope.com/grandmascobwebs/inmemory.php (online version)

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging (This Web site includes information about ongoing studies.)

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Booklets and Other Publications Available Online


  • Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages, by Leo Buscaglia. Also, youtube video based on the book (4 parts so need to click on each): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0ZI-Rf1_sk
  • Begley, Sharon, Train Your Mind Change the Brain, Ballantine Books, 2007
    Cohen, Donna, Ph.D and Eisdorfer,Carl,Ph.D., M.D., Caring for Your aging Parents, A Planning and Action Guide, New York, Penguin Putnam,1995.
  • Denholm Diana B. The Caregiving Wife's Handbook. Alameda, CA: Hunter House Inc., 2012.
  • Levine, Carol, Always on Call, When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers, New York, United Hospital Fund, 2000.
  • Mace, Nancy L., M.A., and Rabins, Peterv.,M.D., The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alxheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses and Memory Loss Later in Life. Baltimore, MD, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Morris, Virginia, How to Care for Aging Parents, New York, Workman, 1996.
  • Visiting Nurse Association of America, Caregivers Handbook: a Complete Guide to Home Health Care, New York, DK Publishing, 1998.

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