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05 Nov
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Thank you for supporting Stand By Me!

Thank you!

This year’s Stand By Me event on October 28th was the most successful to date.  We wish to extend our gratitude to our sponsors, auction item donors and to the more than 135 people who attended the event on October 28th.  (Please see the list of sponsors and auction donors below)

Big thanks also to The Fabulous Torque’s for their always-wonderful music and entertainment and to Edgecomb Auction Services for making the auction so much fun.

KABC is grateful for the generosity of our sponsors.  Their commitment to our mission allows us to help so many people with their long-term care needs.

 

Champion ~William Dann

Protector ~ Stevens & Brand LLP

Guardian
Linda & Chuck Carlsen
Betty Bowen
Earl Nehring

Patron
Barbara & Mick Braa
Janet Buttery & Alan Williger
Margaret Farley
Jennifer Johnson & Ken Grotewiel
Barbara Sabol
Lenette’s Facebook Friends

Advocate
AgeWise Advocacy & Consulting
Andrew & Peggy Beal

Jim Brothers Sculpture Studio/Kathy Correll
Century Business Technologies/Mark & Dawna McCabe
Crown Automotive of Lawrence/Miles Schnaer
Bob & Evie Curtis
Dr. Ken & Norma Buchwach
Dr. George & Mary Edwards
The Fabulous Torque’s
Marlene Finney
Phil & Clara Hemphill
Emily Hill & Burke Griggs
Lee Ketzel
Steve & Kristin Kibbee
Dave Kingsley & Jean Rosenthal
Graham Kreicker
Mitzi McFatrich
Minuteman Press/Kristi Bisel-Burgess
Edward Quick
Cathy Reinhardt
Emily Russell
The Trust Company/Mark Knackendoffel

Friend
Action Plumbing/Kevin Hoppe
Lou & Deanne Bacco
Jo Bryant
Ann & JR Campbell
Dr. Rosemary Kennedy Chapin

Webster & Joan Golden
Jean Krahn
Deborah Merrill

Will Orvedal, Woodworker
Richard & Barbara Schowen
Shepherd Elder Law

Fred & Lilian Six
The Dentists in Lawrence/Michelle Saunders
Truity Credit Union, Lawrence

Wall Huntington Personal Injury Lawyers
Sharon Mayo & Vicky Walter/Life Connections

Auction items were donated by the following:

05 Oct
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Dementia and Older Adults

Learn more about the laws relating to elder abuse, especially as it relates to individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  

“Dementia and Older Adults”  covers:

  • ELDER ABUSE, NEGLECT & EXPLOITATION
  • LEGAL ISSUES
  • DEMENTIA & CAPACITY
  • INTERVENTION APPROACHES

05 Oct
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Thriving At Home

Most people prefer to age in their own homes for as long as possible.  This publication can help provide you with the knowledge and resources to do just that.  You’ll find information related to:

  • PLANNING
  • ASSISTANCE
  • HEALTHCARE
  • HOUSING
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • RESOURCES

Contact KABC if you have questions or need additional information.  Read the entire presentation here.

01 Oct
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Psychotropics ~ Making an Informed Choice

On September 14, 2018 at the KABC Annual Caregiver Training, Pharmacist Tammy Willits provided a comprehensive presentation on psychotropic medications: medications that change how the brain processes information, such as altering mood, thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and behaviors. Tammy reviewed each of the categories of psychotropic medications, including anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood stabilizers, and stimulants and listed the indicated uses and common and less frequent side-effects. Tammy gave an overview of nursing home regulations regarding anti-psychotic medication use, such as the 14 day limit on every order that requires a full safety and effectiveness evaluation before reorder.

Tammy ended her presentation with this about informed consent: “Prescribers have a duty to inform you, but you have the responsibility of being informed.  Your body, your life, your decision.  Ask questions until you feel you have the information necessary to make the decision.”  Read Tammy’s presentation here.

01 Oct
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Informed Consent ~ Your Provider’s Duty to Inform

On September 14, 2018, Dr. Matt Stein gave an enlightening talk about the history and evolution of informed consent and a provider’s duty to inform you of the risks and benefits of proposed treatment methods. Dr. Stein highlighted the importance of knowing a proposed medication’s number of people needed to treat (NNT) to see the benefit from a drug, as well as it’s potential harms. Tying into KABC’s anti-psychotic drug advocacy work, Dr. Stein then revealed the NNT of anti-psychotic medication for dementia patients– there is no benefit, while the NNT for harm is 1 person in 53 will die. Dr. Stein emphasized the importance of the doctor thoroughly and realistically sharing information with the patient understanding the person’s limits and with their legal representative. It is not only an ethical duty, but also a legal responsibility to allow patients or their representatives to make their own decisions with as much understanding of the risks and benefits as possible.  Dr. Stein’s presentation is available here.

“Don’t be scared to ask and pursue understandable answers from all providers.”

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