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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces New Virtual Caregiver Schedule for December

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces New Virtual Caregiver Schedule for December

While Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will not hold any site-based programming at its facility until further notice, the center will continue to offer virtual education, support and therapeutic programs. 

All programs are designed for family and professional caregivers, featuring topics of interest to those who care for individuals with ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders. Complementing excellent patient care, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is focused on providing supportive services and programs to caregivers and family members, maximizing their knowledge, skills and capacity to provide care. 

By leveraging technology, participants will be able to join classes through the computer, tablet or smartphone. Participants can simply reach out to the contact for each program of interest and will receive customized instructions on how to join the group session. For additional information contact Verla Niebuhr at 702.483.6055 or [email protected] or Visit the patient and family services program calendar at ClevelandClinic.org/NevadaEvents.

Special Events

  • Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m.

Experts from Women’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic present the latest info on gender disparity in Alzheimer’s and prevention. Those interested in attending can register by emailing [email protected]Registration is required.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Day Session: Every Thursday from Jan. 5 – Feb. 9, from 1 – 3 p.m.

Evening Session: Every Wednesday from Jan. 6 – Feb. 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This class meets once a week for six consecutive weeks and helps caregivers learn self-care behaviors, how to manage emotions, increase self-efficacy and find community. You must be able to attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions to enroll and begin the class on week 1 or 2. Those interested in attending can register here. Registration is required.

Lynne Ruffin-Smith e-Library for Remote Access

The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library offers an e-Library selection of resources. People in rural and remote areas of Nevada, as well as those who can’t visit the library at the Clinic, can now access e-Books from their computer, phone, tablet or iPad®. To check out materials from the e-Library register as a library patron and obtain a patron number (library card number) by visiting the library Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or call 702.483.6033. Remote access can be gained by visiting keepmemoryalive.org/library. Contact the Library, [email protected], for additional information.

  • e-Library Book of the Month: The Alzheimer’s Caregiving Puzzle – putting together the pieces, By Patricia R. Callone and Connie Kudlacek

In the Community:

  • “Brain Waves” Talk Radio Show on KCEP 88.1 FM

Monday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Hosted by Brian Browne and Dr. Aaron Ritter, Cleveland Clinic. Listen live here.

Therapeutic Services:

  • Group Music Therapy for Individuals with Hearing Loss

Monday – Friday from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

NO SESSION Dec. 25

This group combines music and therapeutic techniques for each individual while also fostering friendships. Music therapy has many benefits for patients and caregivers impacted by memory or movement disorders, including providing opportunities for memory recall, decreasing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, increasing language and communication skills, aiding in regulating movement coordination and improving social interactions and emotional connections with family and caregivers. Contact Becky for online access and information at [email protected] or 702.701.7895.

  • Yoga for MS

Wednesdays & Fridays from 1 – 2 p.m.; Option to join the support group from 12:30 – 1 p.m.

NO SESSION Dec. 25

BONUS holiday session: Saturday, Dec. 26

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. With this program, our goal is to provide a safe space for patients, and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Sandy for online access and information at [email protected] or 702.778.7000.

  • Rhythmic Reminiscence

Thursdays from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

NO SESSION Dec. 24 and Dec. 31

Rhythmic Reminiscence is a music and movement program specially designed for individuals with memory loss. Join our physical and music therapists on Zoom while we get moving, engage socially, and have some fun! Pre-approval is required for this program. Contact Becky for online access and information at [email protected] or 702.701.7895.

  • Yoga for Parkinson’s

Saturdays from 1 – 2 p.m.

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. With this program, our goal is to provide a safe space for patients, and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Sandy for online access and information at [email protected] or 702.778.7000.

Engagement Arts:

  • Conversations to Remember

                Monday, Dec. 14 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

                NO SESSION Dec. 28

Telling stories through art is fun and can foster creative thinking and stimulate distant memories in individuals experiencing memory loss. Let art pieces drive conversations toward new             discovery, personal history and that of fellow companions. Contact [email protected] for online access or call Verla at 702.271.9563.

  • The Learning Arts

Eclectic excursions via videoconferencing with museums across North America. No reservations needed. Contact Verla, 702.778.6702, [email protected] for additional information.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. – noon: Harlem Renaissance– Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. – noon: To See Is to Think – Learn Around the World
  • Mind in Design – An ONLINE Art Making Class for Everyone!

        Monday, Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – noon OR 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Friends and Families can come together virtually to tap their creative spirit, unwind and de-stress in a fun, friendly and interactive art session. An Art Kit will be provided to all participants. Advance registration is required. Those interested in attending can register at [email protected] or call 702.271.9563 on or before Friday, Dec. 11.

Support Group Schedule:

FOR CARE PARTNERS ONLY

  • Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)

Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This group is held for adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with frontotemporal disorders and primary progressive aphasia. Contact Ruth for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.483.6054.

  • Caregiver Support Group

Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 1 – 1:45 p.m. OR 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 10 from 1 – 1:45 p.m. OR 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

NO SESSION Dec. 23 or Dec. 24

This group is held for adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with memory loss, facilitated by Dr. Carriere, PhD. Contact Dr. Carriere for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.778.6702.

  • Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB)

Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This group is held for adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with dementia with Lewy body. Contact Ruth for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.483.6054.

FOR INDIVIDUALS AND CARE PARTNERS

  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)

        Monday, Dec. 14 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This is a support group for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) care partners, facilitated by Ruth Almén, LCSW. Contact Ruth for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.483.6054.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

This group is held for early stage individuals and adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with Parkinson’s disease. Contact Michelle for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.483.6006.

  • Huntington’s Disease (HD)

Thursday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 24 from noon – 1 p.m.

This group is held for gene positive individuals (asymptomatic and early stage) and adult family members. Contact Michelle for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.483.6006.

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Monday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 12 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

This group is held for individuals diagnosed with MS and their care partners. Contact Sandy for online access and additional information at [email protected] or call 702.778.7000.

In Honor of Barbara “Spicy Lady” Edmonds – Lunch & Learn Educational Series

Wednesdays from noon – 1 p.m.

Enjoy Lunch & Learn live, complete with open chat box conversations where you can raise your hand electronically and ask questions. Live or past recordings can be viewed at www.CCLunchLearn.com.

  • Dec. 2: Safely Manage the Physical Challenges and Risks of Caregiving – Shaina Meyer, OTR/L, MSCS, CDP, Christy Ross, PT, DPT, GCS, CDP, MSCS, Cleveland Clinic

Learn safe and effective caregiver tips and techniques to help navigate a variety of daily situations.

  • Dec. 9: Strategies for Coping with The Spiritual Challenges of Caring for A Person with Dementia – Chaplain Mark Oster, M.Div, BCC, Cleveland Clinic

Participants learn to recognize their inner resiliency and build a toolbox for self-care.

24/7 Cleveland Clinic Grief & Relief Confidential Hotline: 1.844.204.7433

  • Dec. 16: Overcoming the Social and Emotional Challenges of Caregiving – Lucille Carriere, PhD, Cleveland Clinic

Discover healthy ways to alter expectations and build community with others traveling the same path for self-care.

  • Dec. 23: NO SESSION
  • Dec. 30: NO SESSION

Actively Recruiting Clinical Trials and Research Studies:

  • DELIVER-MS

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is now recruiting eligible participants for the DELIVER-MS study. The purpose of the global, multi-center study, led by Cleveland Clinic, is to compare the benefits and risks of two common treatment approaches for multiple sclerosis to determine which is the better course. Men and women ages 18 to 60 who have been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, are early in their disease course, and have not yet started a disease modifying therapy will be eligible to participate. Additionally, interested participants must be able to show evidence of new MRI lesions or have had relapses over the past 12 months, be able to walk independently or with assistance, and be eligible and willing to follow up at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health during the course of the study.

Those interested in enrolling should contact Nicolette Harmon at 702.701.7972.

  • TANGO Study

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is now recruiting eligible participants for the TANGO study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of BIIB092 in participants with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or with mild AD. Men and women ages 50 – 80, who have been diagnosed mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to call the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at

855.568.7886 or email [email protected].