Educational Series

The need to feel connected is more important than ever. Our Navian Hawaii Community Connect Educational Series was designed to connect caregivers with community partners and resources to address a variety of topics from care planning to self-care to specialized care.

Our one-hour webinars are open to anyone who provides care to someone with a chronic or disabling health condition, whether you are family, a friend or a professional caregiver. The monthly series provides valuable guidance, strategies and resources from experts within the community.

Webinar Archive:

Effective Communication Strategies

Speaker: Alzheimer’s Association

Presentation Summary

Join us as the Alzheimer’s Association presents on communication with someone who has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Senior Care Services

Speaker: Marcus Inamine (Always Best Care)

Presentation Summary

Always Best Care, an organization that provides care to local seniors, will discuss a variety of topics in this webinar including the differences between a companion and caregiver and the wide arrange of senior living options available.

Sustaining Joy During the Holidays

Speaker: Wesley Sugai (Navian Hawaii)

Presentation Summary

The holidays are a time for family and friends to be surrounded with love, laughter, and joy. Yet for some, especially those who have lost a loved one, it can also be a time of loneliness and tears. So how can we maintain a spirit of joy throughout this time? This presentation will provide thoughts and perspectives to help us maintain joy, not matter what circumstances we’re in.

The Benefits of Palliative Care for Your Loved One

Speaker: Jeannette Koijane & Hope Young (Kokua Mau)

Presentation Summary

What is Palliative Care? Palliative Care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their loved ones. Palliative Care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, along with curative treatment.

Learn more about how Palliative Care can support individuals with serious illness and where Palliative Care is available in Hawaii. Join Jeannette Koijane MPH, Executive Director of Kōkua Mau and Hope Young, Advance Care Planning Coordinator of Kōkua Mau as we explore the benefits of Palliative Care.

Preparing for Long-Term Care (Part 2)

Speaker: Percy Ihara (Generations Magazine)

Presentation Summary

In continuation of August’s webinar on Long Term Care, Percy Ihara, publisher/editor of Generations Magazine will dive into more details about how to prepare for long term care.

Preparing for Long-Term Care

Speaker: Percy Ihara (Generations Magazine)

Presentation Summary

It is estimated 12% of Hawaii’s senior population currently require long-term care services. But as the baby boomer generation ages, that number will increase exponentially in 10 short years. While the Boomers are currently caregivers of their parents, they will face a major shortage of facilities for their own care in the near future.

In Hawaii for the last 10+ years, we have been calling it the “Silent Tsunami”, it is our culture to avoid talking about it, to suffer in silence. The crisis is already here and the time to solve the problem is now. Learn some options to prepare for your long-term care needs.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Speaker: Steve Tam (The Alzheimer’s Association) 

Presentation Summary

In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone. This webinar will discuss the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, risk factors and treatments associated with the disease, and provide resources available in the community.

Kupuna Care Options in Hawaii

Speaker: Suzie Schulberg (Arcadia Family of Companies) 

Presentation Summary

Senior living isn’t one-size-fits-all…and it shouldn’t be. Options for kupuna care in Hawaii range the spectrum from in-home care to adult day programs to care homes to resort-like living at independent or assisted living communities to nursing homes. Assisting kupuna and their families in understanding the many options available is key to ensuring they select the right environment that reflects their preferences, passions and needs. This webinar will review and explain the many options available to kupuna in Hawaii and conclude with Q&A.

Caregiving for Aging Parents

Speaker: Gary Powell (The Caregiver Foundation) 

Presentation Summary

As baby boomers are aging, many of their children are left wondering how to best care for them. In this webinar, learn about what to expect as a first-time caregiver and tips to guide you through caregiving burnout. Gary Powell, executive director of The Caregiving Foundation has been involved with caregiving since the age of 13. Join us as we learn about caring for aging parents and ways to prevent burnout.

Medicare and COVID-19 Scams

Speaker: Norma Kop & Jaz Wandasan (SMP Hawaii) 

Presentation Summary

Scammers prey upon vulnerable individuals, including socially isolated kupuna, who are more likely to become victims. Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Hawaii empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. This webinar will arm your loved ones with the tools they need to protect themselves.

Elder Abuse as a Community Issue

Speaker: Nanci Kreidman (Domestic Violence Action Center) & Suzie Schulberg (Arcadia Family of Companies)

Presentation Summary

This webinar will explore how domestic violence can impact families in various ways. Caregivers, home visiting services and professionals have the opportunity to see things others may not. Learn about the rising issue of elder abuse, how to identify red flags and learn safe ways to support families. The Domestic Violence Action Center and The Arcadia Family of Companies will share their perspectives about this costly and complex community issue.

Tackling Food Insecurity & Isolation

Speaker: Michelle Cordero – Lee (Hawaii Meals on Wheels) 

Presentation Summary

A nutritious meal is only the start of the value in which Hawaii Meals on Wheels can deliver to keep our most vulnerable kupuna healthy. For more than 40 years, Hawaii Meals on Wheels has touched the lives of millions of seniors, providing them with the nutrition they need and human contact they desire.

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Speaker: Clarence Liu (Navian Hawaii)

Presentation Summary

How to give voice to the loss of a loved one and come to terms with our broken hearts? Join us for a morning of stories, poetry and healing as we prepare for the holiday season.

Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care

Speaker: Maggie Ritchy (Navian Hawaii)

Presentation Summary

We will discuss Hospice Care and Palliative Care and review the differences and benefits of each. Both services impact the quality of life of an individual with a serious illness and support the family and the caregivers. The care provided is person-centered and focuses on the goals of care for the individual. The information provided is meant to aid in making informed decisions about our health care.

Functional Fitness

Speaker: Debbie Kim Morikawa (GYMGUYZ)

Presentation Summary

Develop better awareness of your posture and movement mechanics to improve your body’s function and reduce the risk for injuries. Debbie Kim Morikawa, Owner of GYMGUYZ, will guide you through a few techniques and exercises you can perform at home to improve your balance, strength and functional mobility.

Self-Care to Better Care for your Child

Speaker: Gabby Gouveia (Let Grace In) 

Presentation Summary

Gabby Gouveia, Executive Director & Co-Founder of ‘Let Grace In’ will share through her own personal testimony, survival tips she has learned during the heartbreaking task of being the caregiver for a child with chronic illness. Gabby will share her journey through Grayson’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, death, and living fully in the life she has now as a grieving mother with 2 living daughters, as a wife, as a registered nurse and an advocate for grieving ohana.

Prevent Healthcare Fraud & Abuse

Speaker: Norma Kop (Senior Medicare Patrol) 

Presentation Summary

Healthcare fraud and abuse against older adults is an increasingly rampant problem. Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Hawaii Director, Norma Kop, will provide you with the information needed to protect against being a target of Medicare scams.

Advanced Care Planning

Speaker: Hope Young (Kokua Mau) 

Presentation Summary

Talk story with Hope Young, Advance Care Coordinator at Kokua Mau, about how to have meaningful conversations with loved ones about healthcare decisions.

Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Speaker: Tonya Hammond-Tullis (The Alzheimer’s Association)

Presentation Summary

Tonya Hammond-Tullis from the Alzheimer’s Association will go over how to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and teach strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Home Care vs. Home Health

Speaker: Corinne Suzuka, RN, BSN, MA (CareResource Hawaii)

Presentation Summary

This webinar will provide information on the difference between home health and home care and how to navigate through the qualifications, decisions and steps needed to get care in the home for yourself or your loved one.

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Speaker: Gary Powell (The Caregiver Foundation)

Presentation Summary

This presentation will cover some practical tips in managing caregiver burnout, offer some suggestions in minimizing factors that lead to burnout and help you reframe the role of caregiving in a way you may not have considered.

Caregiving during COVID-19

Speaker: Dr. Lawren Love (Navian Hawaii)
Speaker: Daniel Heathcock, LCSW (Navian Hawaii)

Presentation Summary

Dr. Lawren Love and Daniel Heathcock, LCSW will share practical tips for caregiving during the pandemic. What type of COVID-19 response plan should you have in place? Is the COVID-19 vaccine right for you and your family? Learn how to reduce transmission, stay healthy, and avoid burnout.

Medicare 101

Speaker: Frank Appel (AARP)

Presentation Summary

The webinar will discuss the basics of Medicare, what is covered and what isn’t, what expected costs can be, how to enroll, and the many decisions that enrollees can make about how to receive Medicare benefits.

Estate Planning

Speaker: Kimberly Koide Iwao, Esq. (KKI Law)

Presentation Summary

In this webinar, learn about the importance of estate planning and how it benefits your loved ones. Kimberly and her team will also discuss revocable living trusts, wills, advance health care directives, power of attorneys, probate, and more. Interested in completing your estate plan? Learn about a free estate planning clinic for qualified individuals.