Ending Deaths from Despair Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinars

Hosted by Ending Deaths from Despair Task Force 

 

Finding a Reason to Live:  Etiology of Suicide and Provider Self-Care
Presenter: Meghan Henderson, LCSW
Clinical Practice Leader in Behavioral Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter.

Friday, May 20, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

http://factv.fitchburgwi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/watch/3?channel=2

Intended audience: Clinicians and helping professionals

 

The S is Silent in the Black Village: Suicide, The Unspoken Word
Panel Facilitator:  Ms. Charlie Daniel, Founder, AAOC of Safe Communities

Friday, June 17, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

http://factv.fitchburgwi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/watch/3?channel=2

Intended audience: All

 

Harm Reduction and Chronic Alcoholism
Presenter: John Ewing, MD, Addictionologist
UPH-Meriter NewStart

Friday, July 15th, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

http://factv.fitchburgwi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/watch/3?channel=2

Intended audience: All

 

Preventing Farmer Suicides
Panel Facilitator: Sara Kohlbeck, MPH
Director, Division of Suicide Prevention
Comprehensive Injury Center
Medical College of Wisconsin

Friday, September 23, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

http://factv.fitchburgwi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/watch/3?channel=2

Intended audience: All

How do you know which exercises or activities improve balance?

By Ashley Hillman, Safe Communities’ Falls Prevention Program Manager

Did you know that there are certain types of exercise that are better for enhancing balance? Walking is great aerobic exercise for your overall health, but it’s actually not an activity that has been proven to help improve balance. However, dancing, pickleball, yoga, ping pong, and Tai Chi are examples of activities that DO improve balance, thus decreasing your risk of a fall. There are certain types of exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine that help improve balance. Let’s explore!

Static Balance means practicing while your feet or your seat are NOT moving. An example of this may be standing on one leg (maybe try it while you brush your teeth!). While practicing, it’s always a good idea to have a surface available for you to hold onto.

Dynamic Balance means practicing while your feet or your seat ARE moving. It might be time to pull out your dancing shoes because we’ve learned that dancing improves balance. In Dane County, we have Ballroom Basics for Balance™, a super fun dance class where you might learn the East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, or Waltz all while having fun and improving balance. Another example of practicing dynamic balance is stepping over something that might be in your path.

Dual-Task Training means doing something with your body then doing something else with your body OR your brain. This can be a tricky exercise, so while you want to challenge yourself, you don’t want it to be too difficult. Some examples might include walking sideways while counting backward or following a dance routine.

Strength building in the context of improving balance focuses on your legs and core (trunk) area. The goal is to be able to move your body while minimally using your arms and hands. We use our leg and core muscles for many daily activities, such as getting up from a chair, sitting into a chair, or stepping onto a sidewalk.

Now that we know which types of specific activities improve balance, it’s helpful to know how often or long one should engage in such activities. The recommendation is 3 hours per week, but these 3 hours can be broken into “snack size” activities. You don’t need to do them all at once. Incorporate activities into your daily routine. While you’re brushing your teeth, try standing on one leg. While cooking in the kitchen and moving to get something further down the counter, walk sideways and count backwards, all the while ensuring there is a counter or sturdy surface in reach should you need it. The key is to start small and gradually increase the challenge.

There are numerous community classes that have been identified as having the key components to improve balance. These include Tai Chi, dance, yoga, and numerous others that can be found on the Safe Communities website. If you see a “b” next to a class, you’ll know that it has been given the “Balance Stamp of Approval”. And if you’re currently taking a class and would like it to be evaluated to see if it contains the key types of activities to improve balance, contact Ashley Hillman at 608-235-1957 or ahillman@safercommunity.net. We hope to see you in one of Dane County’s many balance enhancing classes soon!

Local Home Safety Resources

Elderly man and woman participating in yoga

Home Safety Resources:

Safety Checklist from the CDC (PDF)

 

SSM Health Medical Equipment
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(800) 924-2273
https://www.homehealthunited.org/home-medical-equipment

All our retail stores have an extensive supply of home medical equipment and supplies to assist patients and caregivers with treatments and care as well as increase mobility, safety, independence and comfort.

 

SSM Health Voicecare (Personal Emergency Response System)
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(855) 332-6882
https://www.ssmhealth.com/health-at-home/community-health-resources/voicecare

Subscribers wear a pendant, and in the event of a fall or other emergency, pressing the activator button will alert monitoring personnel who will contact the subscriber to ensure they are safe, or will contact other designated emergency responders as needed. VoiceCare gives subscribers and their loved ones peace of mind knowing help is available with the push of a button.

 

Independent Living, Inc. Home Safety Modification
606 North Segoe Rd.
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 268-9643
http://www.independentlivinginc.org/home-safety-modification.html

Independent Living administers grants on behalf of the City of Madison and Dane County that may cover some home modification expenses for qualified individuals. Information is available by contacting Jenny, our In-Home Services Manager. Another option for coverage may be available from your health insurance provider or long-term care policy provider. Please contact your insurer for details.

 

Meriter Home Health
2180 W Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI 53713
(608)417-3770
http://www.meriter.com/services/home-health

Offers a wide range of equipment and supplies designed to help individuals maintain their independence including home safety devices, daily living aids, bathroom safety devices, toileting aids, respiratory aids, CPAP, BIPAP, oxygen, apnea monitors, wheelchairs and other wheeled mobility devices, transfer devices, ceiling lift systems, stair lifts, platform lifts, lift chairs, hospital beds, pressure reducing support services, and Lifeline personal emergency response systems.

 

S.A.F.E. at Home
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(608)223-7970
https://www.homehealthunited.org/community-health-services/safe-at-home

The program provides an initial in-home safety assessment, then six months of follow-up by a Medical Social Worker. After six months the participant is discharged from the program.

SAFE at Home Provides:

  • A basic home safety assessment
  • Review of medications by a pharmacist
  • Safety aids including a free pill box and night light
  • Home safety recommendations
  • Additional information about community fall prevention resources

 

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL)
Oakwood Village University Woods Campus
6209 Mineral Point Road #210
Madison, WI 53705
(608)230-4321
www.sailtoday.org

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) is a vibrant non-profit membership organization of people 55+ who reside in the Dane county area. SAIL members wish to remain active, independent, in their own homes, and socially connected, and have found that navigating the many changes brought on by age is much easier with the resources offered by SAIL. Membership includes referrals to pre-screened service providers, discounted emergency pendants, daily automated check-in service, house checks, shredding services, wellness services, social events and clubs, member-helping-member volunteer opportunities, discounts to Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs, Home Health United medical equipment, quarterly mattress flipping and other member perks!

 

Stoughton Hospital Lifeline
900 Ridge Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608)873-2372

https://stoughtonhealth.com/other-services/life-assist-medical-alert-systems-2/

Lifeline is an in-home emergency response system offered by Stoughton Hospital. Lifeline enables senior citizens, people with physical disabilities and others who may need extra assistance, to maintain independence by providing a simple and proven method of calling for help.

 

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
(available to veterans who qualify-contact your VA physician)

 

Adaptive Remodeling Solutions
6200 Sylvan Ln
Monona, WI 53716
(608)234-7440

http://www.adaptiveremodelingsolutions.com

Adaptive Remodeling Solutions, LLC work to provide older adults and individuals with special needs with the home remodeling solutions that they need to remain independent. This includes remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, and other home modifications that make a home more accessible.

 

Accessibility Plus
125 Garnet Ln.
Madison, WI 53714
(608) 335-6779

http://www.accessibilityplusonline.com

Accessibility Plus is focused exclusively on making the home a safer place for individuals who are physically challenged due to a disability or aging. Our in-home safety assessments and home safety modification services are provided by an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA).

 

Project Home
3841 Kipp St.
Madison, WI 53718
(608)246-3737

http://www.projecthomewi.org

Makes home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy improvements to make homes healthier, safer and to ease the financial burden of high energy bills for people who are struggling financially.

 

Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin
Home Medical Equipment and Supplies
2030 Pinehurst Drive
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 203-2273

http://www.uwhealth.org/homecare/home-medical-equipment-and-supplies/11177

Home Medical Equipment & Supplies services include:

  • Oxygen (concentrators, liquid and portables)
  • Sleep disorder evaluations and equipment
  • Home ventilators
  • Infant apnea monitors
  • Home beds and patient lifts
  • Mobility equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes,
    crutches, etc.)
  • Home medical supplies
  • Caregiver education programs
  • Clinical consultation and training
  • Clinical respiratory services
  • 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service