Lunch & Learn
Free online seminars offered on most Wednesdays from 12 noon – 1 pm Pacific Time!
Topics cover information and management of the neurological diseases treated at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, community resources, and healthy aging.
Most Recently Recorded Sessions
Lunch & Learn: The Secrets of the SuperAger
Lunch & Learn: Aphasia- What’s that word again?
Lunch & Learn: Boost Your Brain Health with Better Nutrition
07/27/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Michelle Ciancimino, Holistic Health Coach/Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Healthy aging should not be left to chance. Learn the dos and don’ts of brain-healthy lifestyle and the power of certain superfoods to protect against cognitive decline.
Lunch & Learn: Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances
07/20/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Leslie Fuller, MSW, LMSW. Volunteer on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association
When facein demntia or chornic illness it is never too early to put financial plans in place. Learn tips for managing someone else’s finances, how to prepare for futre care costs and benifits of early planning.
Lunch & Learn: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – a brief history, and some thoughts on the future
Lunch & Learn: The Progression and Stages of Dementia
07/06/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Simrit Kaur Saraon, FNP- BC, Cleveland Clinic
Dementia is a syndrome of a chronic or progressive nature that leads to a detertioration in cognitive fuction, eventually interfering with a person’s ability to act or live independently. Learn the different stages, common characteristics, and averafe life expectancy for the most common types of demntia.
Lunch & Learn: What to do now that it’s Alzheimer’s Disease
06/29/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Ruth A. Almen, LCSW. COO Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
How do you prepare for the rest of your life? Learn how to plan and put first things first in order to live well and live how you want as long as you can even after a diagnosis of AD. Join the conversation and share your own helpgul tips.
Lunch & Learn: Help is Here- When Someone you Love has Dementia
06/12/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Marian O. Hodges, MD, MPH. & Anne P. Hill, JD
The authors of Help Is Here will lead us in a discussion of demntia, and share tips, ideas and strategies to help manage the care of a person living with demntiea.
Lunch & Learn: Meet Dangle and Dot- Dare to do Dementia Different.
06/15/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Kat Hartley, BS PHARM, Cleveland Clinic. & Nancy Nelson
Life is still meaningful, purposeful, and can be quite beautiful even when confronted with a diagnosis of dementia. Hear from two friends, one who lives with dementia and one who cares for others living with dementia, who continue to persevere and live life well.
Lunch & Learn: Science of Yoga – Breath, body and beyond.
06/08/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Jacky Pagone, Creative Director. Nina Linda Alvarenga, Instructor. Yoga for Life.
Learn the science of yoga, its accessibility for most people, how it can be easily incorporated into a daily routine, and the impact it can have on one’s overall quality of life.
Lunch & Learn: Healthy Brains 101: A Review of the 6 Pillars of Brain Health
Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Rural Health and Aging
05/25/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Dr. Christina Wong, PhD, Cleveland Clinic
Rural communities are home to a higher proportion of older residents compared to urban ones. This presentation will cover some of the challenges and opportunities related to aging in rural areas. It will also introduce the Nevada exploratory Alzheimer’s Disease Reserach Center, which focuses on understanding disparities face by individuals with dementia in rural settings.
Lunch & Learn: 10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers
05/18/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Kelly Piacenti, MA, CHSNC®
Jerry Hulick, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC, CLTC
This workshop addresses critical steps care partners can take to safeguard and ensure the type of care, and quality of life they want for support of their loved one’s well-being today and tomorrow.
Lunch & Learn: Understanding Vascular Dementia
5/4/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Brian Browne, President and CEO, Demntia Care Education
Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to your brain. In this session we’ll hear information about symptoms, causes and risks, as well as some known preventative measures
Lunch & Learn: Dementia due to Repetitive head injury
04/27/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Dr. Aaron Ritter, MD Cleveland Clinic
It has been know that fighters exposed to repetitve head trauma may develop signs and symptoms of dementia. More recently, the term Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy has been used to describe congitive and behavorial changes in retired football players. Hear what is known about the causes, treatments, and outcomes of athletes exposed to repetitive head injury.
Lunch & Learn: Managing The Emotions and Social Aspects of a Progresive Neurological Condition
4/13/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Tiarra Atkinson, LCSW, Cleveland Clinic
Having chornic medical conditons can significantly imapct a person’s emotional and social health. This session will help you see chronic conditions through a different lens and provide strategies to communicate your changing conditon to others.
Lunch & Learn: The Value of OT: A First-Hand Story
04/06/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Kazandra Lopez Hernandez, OTD-S, OT Doctorate Student. Touro University Las Vegas.
Learn the purpose of and principles behind Occupational Therapy, and then hear first-hand from some of our patients and their care partners about the benifits OT has provided from them.
Lunch & Learn: Self-Care for the Caregiver
Lunch & Learn: Health and Wellness in Multiple Sclerosis
Lunch & Learn: Optimizing Heart and Brain Health
03/16/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Luke Laffin, MD. Cleveland Clinic
What is good for the heart is often good for the brain, too. Medications and lifestyle choices can help you aviod adverse cardiovascular events and live a longer more fulfilling life. We will discuss the interventions that can make the biggest impact.
Lunch & Learn: Neuropsychological Examination. What is it? How is it Helpful?
03/09/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Shehroo B. Pudumjee, PhD. Cleveland Clinic
Individuals who experience changes in thinking and memory are often referred for a neuropsychological evaluation. Learn why an evaluation may be recommended, what it involves, and how one might prepare for it. Hear how it is used in a person’s care and the benefits it may bring.
Lunch & Learn: Family Life and Parenting with MS
03/03/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Justina Selim, OTD, Cleveland Clinic
Participating in family life and the meaningful role of parenting can be significantly impacted physically, psychologically, emotionally, and socially by the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Join us to learn more about strategies that can be used to support overall functioning in family life.
Lunch & Learn: Improv for Care
02/16/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Ruth Almen, LCSW, MSW Cleveland Clinic
Caregiving is a role that requires many different tools. Learn how to
use improvisation to “live in the moment” and adjust to the challenges of life. Whether you are a caregiver or simply looking for alternative ways to handle stressful situations, the skills learned will be valuable in all aspects of your life!
Lunch & Learn: Essential First Steps for an Effortless, Positive Mindset
02/09/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Andrea W. Hanson, Author, Master Certified Mindset Coach
It’s no secret that a positive mindset is key to being resilient and even finding growth after life’s traumas. In ‘Starting Here”, you’ll learn how our inner critic stands in the way, making a consistent positive mindset an uphill battle.
Lunch & Learn: Empowered, Encouraged, & Equipped: Education and Engagement Arts Programs That Support Disease Management
2/2/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Verla Niebuhr, BA, CDP – Cleveland Clinic
Receiving a diagnosis of a progressive neurological disease can be daunting. Learn about various educational opportunities and arts programming at the Ruvo Center designed to support those living with chronic progressive conditions and their care partners.
Lunch & Learn: Close Contact for Couples with PD
1/26/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Judith Sachs – Anyone Can Dance & Ruth Almén, LCSW, MSW – Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
An introduction to a new 6-week program that offers couples living with Parkinson’s disease or other movement concerns a way to approach activities of daily living
together, learning to negotiate a turn, a shift of weight, and assist in simple, non-dancer strategic ways.
Lunch & Learn: Sleep, The Most Powerful Form of Self-Care For All of Us (Part 2)
Lunch & Learn: Sleep, The Most Powerful Form of Self-Care For All of Us (Part 1)
1/12/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Raphael Pelayo, MD, FAASM Stanford University School of Medicine
Much more than a talk about sleep hygiene, join Dr. Pelayo, clinical professor and author of, How to Sleep for a comprehensive discussion of your questions about
Lunch & Learn: Dementia Conversations with Chuck, Jennifer, Nancy, & Kat
1/5/2022 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Chuck McClatchey, Jennifer Carson, Nancy Nelson, & Kat Hartley, Dementia Friendly Nevada
Learn more about this public idea exchange that engages participants in collaborative learning to talk candidly about what it means to live with dementia and to explore ideas for living well.
Lunch & Learn: Finding Harmony Through the Holidays
12/15/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT. MT-BC Cleveland Clinic
Do you find the holidays get you down or bring up family dynamics that seem less than festive? Join Dr. Becky Wellman, board certified and licensed music therapist and learn how to use music to navigate the season and help sing in the New Year!
Lunch & Learn – Community Services That Make a Difference!
12/8/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Cory Lutz, Director of Respite Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
Learn about four no-cost programs available to seniors: 1) door-to-door medical appointment transportation services with ADA accessibility; 2) home delivery or community food pantry; 3) minor home repair services; and 4) Respite Voucher program.
Lunch & Learn – Effective Communication Strategies in Alzheimer’s Disease
11/17/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Leslie Fuller, MSW, LSW Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer
In the course of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia verbal communication diminishes. Yet messages continue to be exchanged in non-verbal manners through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. Learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help communicate at each stage of the disease.
Lunch & Learn – Let’s Talk About Living, Let’s Talk About Hospice
11/10/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Julie McIntosh, LPN, CDP CompassionCare Hospice
Hospice is not a place, but high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible, despite a life-limiting illness. There are many misconceptions surrounding this important Medicare benefit. Join us to learn how hospice care may help your or a loved one live fully today.
Lunch & Learn – When Neurodegenerative Disorders Affect Language
11/3/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Maileen Ulep-Reed, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Cleveland Clinic
Learn the symptoms, causes, and management of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and its different subtypes. Review semantic variant PPA, nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA, and logopenic variant PPA.
Lunch & Learn – Newly Diagnosed? Meet Your Friend, Physical Therapy
10/27/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Christine Ross, PT, DPT, GCS, CDP, MSCS Cleveland Clinic
Physical therapy can be key in managing any of the progressive neurological diseases treated at our center. Newly diagnosed individuals are encouraged to learn how PT can help throughout the disease continuum, from exercise recommendations to work-life balance.
Lunch & Learn – Talk with a Doc About Lewy Body Dementia
Lunch & Learn – Caregiving – A Family Affair
10/13/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Ruth Almén, LCSW Cleveland Clinic
When a person is diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease, the whole family is affected. Clinical social worker Ruth Almén facilitates a panel discussion with spouses, adult children and long-distance caregivers.
Lunch & Learn – Talk with a Doc About Frontotemporal Degeneration
Lunch & Learn – Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease
09/22/2021 – 12 noon – 1pm Pacific Time
Odinachi Oguh, MD Cleveland Clinic
30% of people living with PD report changes in their memory and thinking ability. In this talk hear how cognition is affected and tips and strategies for managing the challenges.