Embrace Aging

This online library serves older adults, family members and caregivers. Embrace Aging programs provide practical information on how to handle issues associated with aging, including Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Alzheimer's Education Series

Did you know that about 1 in 9 people age 65 and older (10.7%) has Alzheimer’s? Chances are, you or someone you know is a caregiver for someone with dementia. LeadingAge Iowa and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to provide resources and education for caregivers, families and professionals. Check out the 2023 Winter Alzheimer’s Education Series that will provide tools to help improve quality of life. Topics such as effective communication, dementia conversations, and more will be discussed! 

Click here for more information: https://www.leadingageiowa.org/dementiaseries 


Embrace Aging video library

Healthy Aging and Brain Wellness

Dr. Robert Bender, founder of the Geriatric Medicine & Memory Center at Broadlawns Medical Center, discusses what we can do proactively to take care of ourselves and others, including his ten pillars of healthy aging. Embracing Aging is brought to

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Managing Chronic Diseases

Dr. Yogesh Shah, a geriatric specialist at Broadlawns Geriatric Medicine and Memory Center, discusses managing chronic diseases, including the cost individually and nationally, what happens when patients go to the hospital and the outcomes, and what we can do to

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Supporting our Parents

Joel Olah, Executive Director at Aging Resources of Central Iowa, discusses turning conversation to action when it comes to family caregiving. He covers population dynamics and caregiving, the case for caregiving, family dynamics and having the conversation, and caregiving resources.

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Economic Security

David Strege, a managing partner at Syverson Strege & Company, covers the impact of aging on financial decision making, five warning signs that you’re running into issues on how to handle finances, and practical steps that can provide a way

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Aging and the Law

Denise Hill, JD, MPA, Director of Health Law Programs, Drake University and an attorney at Whitfield & Eddy, discusses legal and ethical issues related to aging, including health care decision-making, end of life planning, and elder abuse and neglect. Embracing

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What do we know about Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Susan Callison, Program Specialist, Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, describes the types and symptoms of dementia and strategies to reduce dementia risks. She explains the Alzheimer’s Association’s research and service to support those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Embracing

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Palliative Care

The healthcare industry in America is so focused on pathology, surgery and pharmacology — on what doctors “do” to patients — that it often overlooks the values of the human beings it’s supposed to care for. Dr. Timothy Ihrig, Chief

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Dealing with family financial realities

Difficultly managing personal finances is often among the first signs of dementia noticed by caregivers. David Strege, partner and senior financial planner at Syverson Strege and Company, explains the impact aging has on financial decision making, sharing practical steps to

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Patient and family perspectives

John Hale leads a discussion among those directly affected by dementias. The group — John and Terri Hale of The Hale Group, Dick and Kerry Goodson and Bob Meddaugh — explores their personal confrontation with Alzheimer’s, describing the challenges and

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Aging, Dementia and the Cultural Cure

There are 47 million people experiencing dementia across the world. With no cure on the horizon, Anne Basting explores the Cultural Cure – the many ways that the arts and culture can reshape the experience of memory loss to improve

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Embracing Aging is brought to you by Calvin Community Foundation, American Enterprise Group, The Comparison Project at Drake University and Des Moines University with special thanks to our sponsors AARP Iowa, Alzheimer’s Association: Greater Iowa Chapter, American Enterprise Group, Arbor Springs, Broadlawns Medical Center Geriatric and Memory Center, Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Des Moines Area Religious Council, The Hale Group, HCI Care Services, Syverson Strege and Company – Sherpa Investment Management, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Polk County and Westminster Presbyterian Church.