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Kick-off Session! Master Plan for Aging & Disability in COVID-19


August 21, 2020

The Our Community: Aging & Disability Conference is an initiative of the Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Nevada County and emerging Yuba-Sutter ADRC. This ADRC webinar series, aimed at people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, community organizations and providers, will focus on four major subject areas critical to these attendees and extremely relevant to the times in which we are living. While these issues are not new to people with disability, older adults, family members and caregivers, they are being amplified and exacerbated by COVID-19 shelter in place orders and efforts needed to reduce the spread of the pandemic. 


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Webinar Series 1: Emergency Preparedness 


September 4th & 11th 2020

Wildfires in a Covid-19 Environment (September 4th)
Wildfire season is here! L. Vance Taylor and Roxiey Crawford will discuss the 2020 wildfire season and potential impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will hear what the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA is doing to prepare. The webinar will cover issues related to notifications, sheltering, and transportation.

2020 California Public Safety Power Shut-offs (September 11th)
This webinar will focus on planning for the 2020 California Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS). It will include stories from the 2019 PSPS events in California, barriers experienced, coordination across public and private agencies, and effective strategies that we can implement as a community and personally to be better prepared. Working together as individuals to build a resilient community that keeps each other safe, aware, engaged and informed is a part of how we need to plan for the future. Learn how the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and FREED are partnering with other stakeholders across the state to support people with disabilities and older adults in 2020.


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Webinar Series 2: Addressing the Digital Divide


September 18th, 25th, and October 2nd 2020

1. Why is it so Important to be “Online” Today? (September 18th)
The ability to access and use the internet, computers and related technology has become essential in today’s world. Technology is transforming the most important areas of our lives, from employment to education to health.  We are now faced with a new challenge – the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and all it brings. In this workshop we will explore the digital divide in our rural communities; what is it?, how does it affect people with disabilities and older adults, and why it reached crisis levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.


2. How to Get “Online” and Be Safe While There (September 25th)
In this workshop we will be covering computer basics such as:

  • Getting started with computers – Different types of computers and communications devices
  • Learning how to use a computer – where to go locally and online classes
  • How to get access to the internet
  • How to connect to and search the internet
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Avoiding scams and frauds and keeping your information safe

Webinar attendees will be given an overview of the basics of using a computer and other communications devices and be provided with resources, both local and online, resources that can be contacted and used for individual one-on-one, or group support for getting started on their journey in to the online world.


3. Now You are Online – Where do You Go From Here? (October 2nd)
In this session, attendees will be provided with an overview of resources for what they can do now that they have online access and will begin to develop and expand their digital literacy.  Below are just a few of the subjects that will be touched upon throughout the session. Again, attendees will be provided with access to files and documents that will enable them to access these sources following the session. 

  • Telemedicine – communicating with your doctor 
  • Getting your prescriptions online
  • Communicating with your friends and family, (Zoom, Skype, etc.)
  • Buying items and services online


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Webinar Series 3: Social and Emotional Wellbeing – Staying Connected and Maintaining Your Sense of Purpose. (A Fall Prevention Coalition and ADRC Collaborative Series)


October 9th, 16th, 23rd 2020

1. Isolation and Loneliness – The Impact on Our Health and What Can Be Done (October 9th)
Social isolation is known to negatively affect the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and older adults, often resulting in avoidable medical problems one of the most critical of these conditions, loneliness and depression, is among other things, one of the top risk factors for falls.  Research has found many harmful health outcomes are associated with isolation and loneliness, including premature mortality, increased risk of hospitalizations, higher risk for dementia, heart failure, and stroke.   

In this webinar, attendees will learn about the real health risks associated with loneliness and isolation. We will learn about the “Let’s Talk Nevada County” program and other resources, both local and online, that can be accessed to help relieve their effects over time.


2. Presentation: The Many Faces of Depression and How to Find Relief (October 16th)
Panel Discussion: Dealing with Emotions – Anger, Apathy, Burn-out (October 16th)
Isolation, which has been exacerbated as a result of the need to adhere public health recommendations for social distancing to protect others, can often result in other medical conditions. Two of the most critical of these conditions, loneliness and depression. In today’s webinar we will be talking about depression; what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it. In addition experts in the field will join us to discuss dealing with emotions in general, and how many people are feeling angry, apathetic and even burned out as a result of difficult situations that may have been made more difficult as a result of the pandemic. Let’s talk – there are ways to find relief from it all!


3. Staying Home and Staying Connected – Easy & Fun to Use Online Resources (October 23rd)
In this webinar attendees will be introduced to great online resources for exploring existing interests, learning new skills, traveling to new destinations, playing games, making new friends, listening to music, storytelling, sharing new experiences virtually and more. Join us – have fun, Learn something new! You will love this session!


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Webinar Series 4:  Long Term Services and Support – Masterplan for Aging LTSS Recommendations and Big-Ideas Review


October 30th, November 6th, November 13th 2020

1. Review of the Five Long Term Services and Support Stakeholder Committee Recommendations for the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging (October 30th)
In its May 2020 report the LTSS Subcommittee affirmed the importance of equity in addressing the LTSS needs of older adults and people with disabilities with specific recommendations to eliminate disparities and increase equity, accessibility, and affordability in the LTSS system. 

In this webinar members of the LTSS subcommittee will review these recommendations in detail.  There will be opportunity for you to submit your questions directly to the committee members,


2.  Using the Principals of Age Friendly Communities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Local Planning (November 6th)
What does an age-friendly, ADA compliant community look like? Join the presenters and a panel of local elected officials for and overview of the planning process that can plan for and make these conditions a reality in our communities now.


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