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Oral Health Techniques for Caregivers

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

11:00 am12:00 pm


Good oral health is synonymous with good overall health, and the ability to speak and eat remains relevant well into old age. Many caregivers are tasked with the responsibility of taking care of a loved one’s teeth once they are no longer able to for themselves. In this webinar you will learn how to care for someone else’s mouth as if it is your own.

Learning objectives:
• Understand the caregiver’s role in maintaining oral hygiene even for patients who do not express a desire for dental care.
• Have a basic understanding of oral health and hygiene.
• Understand why dentistry is relevant to good health.
• Review oral hygiene techniques.
• Recognize which mouths require professional intervention and how to get it.

Presenter: Dr. Rosa Mathai, DMD is a general dentist in private practice in San Francisco. She was formerly the chief of house call services with House Call Dentists and on staff at Kaiser Permanente and CPMC hospitals in San Francisco, providing dental care in their operating rooms and emergency care to inpatients. Dr. Mathai’s clinical experience spans nearly a decade of practicing safe and comfortable dental care for geriatric and special needs adults, especially those with complex medical needs.

Cost: No Charge



NCMHA Webinar Series - Understanding Social Isolation and its Impact on Older Adults and Those Living with Disabilities

Jul 28, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Strong social connections are central to our physical and mental well-being. But when vulnerable older adults experience setbacks or life transitions, they may become disconnected and isolated.

Through research, we know that the negative health consequences of social isolation include impaired mental performance, a compromised immune system, and a heightened risk of chronic disease, as well as depression. The health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

This webinar presentation and discussion is designed to help practitioners across sectors – as well as individuals and caregivers – better understand the similarities and important differences between loneliness and social isolation and the impact on health and well-being of older adults.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand risk factors for isolation at both the community and individual levels
• Better understand the costs of social isolation and recommendations from the consensus study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
• Learn practical tips on what you can do to help yourself, your loved ones, or other older adults in your community
• Learn about AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect platform and resources
• Better understand new innovations and solutions that are having measurable impact on increasing social connections – particularly among low income older adults
• Learn about the Commit to Connect initiative and how to become involved in the nationwide network of champions addressing social isolation

Emily Allen, Senior Vice President, Programs, AARP Foundation

Younger Adult Family Caregivers - a Discussion With Aisha Adkins and Jenn Chan

When: Wednesday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 12 noon (PT)

Over a quarter of all family caregivers are Millennials or Gen Z, often facing unique challenges from those providing care later in their life. Managing careers, maintaining friendships and relationships, and planning for their own futures and families add to the stresses and difficulties of caregiving. Join FCA for a discussion and conversation with Millennial caregivers Aisha Adkins, Co-Executive Director of Love Labor Project, and Jenn Chan, founder and CEO of Senior Shower Project. Aisha and Jenn will share their experiences as current and former caregivers (respectively), discuss the obstacles they face, and explain how they cope during their caregiving journeys.

About the speakers:

Aisha Adkins, MPA, CNP is the Constituency Organizer for Caring Across Generations, Co-Executive Director of Love Labor Project, and a full-time caregiver to her parents. She is a storyteller and advocate who is passionate about building an equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive public health and care infrastructure using media, storytelling, and culture and policy change. Her versatility has enabled her to publish works both in academic journals and popular publications. When she not trying to affect positive systemic change, she enjoys classic film, orchestral music, and the great outdoors, and is an aspiring tea connoisseur.

Jenn Chan is the Founder of Senior Shower® Project, a startup with a mission to celebrate family caregivers of older adults with a party. She sells caregiver greeting cards, creates senior shower party kits, curates caregiver gift boxes, and hosts virtual caregiver dance parties. Inspired by caregiving for her grandma, Jenn dedicates her career to elevate the family caregiver role with fun, love, and positivity. Jenn also facilitates support groups for LGBTQ seniors, dementia caregivers, and young caregivers.

Cost: No charge

Registration: Click here

MLTSS & Duals Integration Stakeholder Workgroup

Time: Aug 19, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

The California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal Initiative (CalAIM) Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) and Duals Integration Workgroup serves as a stakeholder collaboration hub for the transition of CalMediConnect (CMC) and the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) to a statewide MLTSS and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) structure. This Workgroup will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback and share information about policy, operations, and strategy for DHCS' transition plan for dual eligibles and the CCI transition within the CalAIM initiative. The public is encouraged to attend all meetings. Additional information can be found on the DHCS CalAIM MLTSS and Duals Integration Workgroup website:


Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) Stakeholder Webinar

CDA will host a webinar on Thursday, August 19, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, to provide additional guidance on the transitioning of CBAS participants to in-center congregate services beyond October 31, 2021. CBAS providers are to continue implementing the policy directives in ACL 21-04 “Transition to Congregate Center Services” until CDA issues additional policy guidance.



Recorded June 9, 2021

Times of uncertainty about the future can inspire innovation for an organization. Disability services have faced many changes since the start of pandemic. Change is hard for any organization, but especially difficult during a public health crisis. How will your organization redefine “normal” in the future and prepare to address the unknown factors? Using the key elements of change management, this webinar gives service providers the tools to:

  • Begin planning for potential future scenarios
  • Manage expectations and resistance to change
  • Facilitate change with direct support staff
  • Engage clients, families, and other stakeholders in planning processes
  • Maximize opportunities for innovation


Bryan Neider, CEO, AbilityPath

Jen Smith, Strategy Manager, Monitor Institute by Deloitte

California’s Home and Community-Based Services Spending Plan 2021

Recorded June 4, 2021 - Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Spending Plan Briefing on Proposals at CDA

HCBS Spending Plan

[Presentation] [Transcript] [Video]

Dear Provider,

The May 5, 2021 webinar recording, “Transition to CBAS Congregate Center Services – Live FAQ Webinar” is now posted on the California Department of Aging website at the following link under Temporary Alternative Services:


Thank you.


Community-Based Adult Services Branch (CBAS)

California Department of Aging (CDA) (CBAS E-Mailbox)

Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Services and CalAIM Updates

RECORDED: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) describe a wide variety of programs that provide long-term services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in Medi-Cal to receive care in their homes and communities rather than in institutional settings like nursing homes. 
This webinar provided an overview of financial and functional eligibility for Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based (HCBS) programs, an overview of the type of HCBS waiver and state-based programs available in California, and discuss the gaps in coverage and services that lead to inequities in who has access to services in their homes and communities. 
We will conclude the webinar with an update on California’s efforts to update its 1115 waiver and more broadly re-design the Medi-Cal program, an initiative known as CalAIM.

Who should participate:
Aging, disability, and legal advocates, community-based providers, local government partners, and others advocating on behalf of low-income older adults and people with disabilities.     

Claire Ramsey, Justice in Aging,
Elizabeth Zirker, Disability Rights California,
Micki Nozaki, Senior Medicare Patrol

You can watch a recording of the presentation here:

The slides are available here:

Please submit your questions or comments

Dear Provider,

The April 14, 2021 webinar recording, “CBAS TAS – Return to Congregate Services” is now posted on the California Department of Aging website at the following link listed under Temporary Alternative Services:


Thank you.


Community-Based Adult Services Branch (CBAS)

California Department of Aging (CDA) (CBAS E-Mailbox)

Free Webinar: HCBS 101—Access to Home & Community-Based Care for Older Adults


Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) is an umbrella term that describes a wide variety of programs states operate to provide long-term services and supports to people in their homes and communities, as opposed to nursing facilities and other institutions. Medicaid is the largest payer of HCBS, but the services and populations it covers vary from state to state. This variation, which is due in part to the fact that federal law does not require states to provide HCBS, also leads to disparate access and quality for older adults and people with disabilities, particularly for people of color, depending on where they live.  

This webinar, HCBS 101: Access to Home & Community-Based Care for Older Adults, will provide an overview of the HCBS infrastructure and gaps in coverage and services for low-income older adults. We will also talk about some of the potential solutions to improving HCBS that are gaining traction in Congress and the Administration. 

Watch the recording

Download the slides