11/21 Patients as Hostages WIHI

IHI will present a free November 21, 2017 “WIHI” audio program on When Patients Feel as Powerless as Hostages.  For full details see http://forms.ihi.org/next-wihi-on-november-21-at-2-pm-et-when-patients-feel-as-powerless-as-hostages .

9/17 NW18 UKEEP on Advanced CKD

The UCLA Kidney Education Enhancement Program (UKEEP) will present a free patient education program September 17, 2017 on “Advanced Kidney Disease & Your Options” in Santa Monica CA.  RSVP is requested; please call 800-516-5323 and leave your name, number of attendees and callback number.  More information follows:

Accepting Kidney Failure

The Home Dialysis Central blog has a recent well-received post on Kidney Failure and the Value of Acceptance that describes the setbacks that can occur while dialyzing and waiting for a transplant, and the importance of attitude.  Find it at http://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/215-kidney-failure-and-the-value-of-acceptance .

7/27 AKF Laughter Webinar

The American Kidney Fund will present a free 27 July, 2017 webinar on Laughter Therapy in Dialysis: Exercise, Activity, and Wellness.  The webinar will cover recent research exploring laughter therapy during dialysis and provide demonstrations and recommendations on how to introduce laughter therapy into a dialysis or CKD treatment program.  Laughter therapy consists of breathing and stretching exercises followed by intentional laughter exercises and laughter meditation.  It is a safe, low-intensity form of physical activity during dialysis that has potential to reduce chronic pain and depression.  While the webinar is aimed toward dialysis patients and their families, health professionals are encouraged to attend to learn more about integrating laughter therapy into a dialysis center or practice.  For more information and registration, and access to recordings of past AKF webinars, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

8/10 RSN Essay Contest Deadline

The 2017 RSN Essay Contest is underway.  Applicants have until August 10, 2017 to submit their entry of 750 or fewer words on the topic “Describe a positive decision that you have made about your healthcare.”  First place winner receives $500.  Find contest rules at http://www.rsnhope.org/essay-contest/contest-rules/ .  Last year’s winners are posted at http://www.rsnhope.org/index.php?id=141 .

 

6/21 DPC Travel Webinar

DPC will present a June 21, 2017 webinar on Travel Sips Travel Tips Travel Grub.  Find more information and register at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars .  At the same web page you can find links to recording of past webinars on sex with CKD, safety, living with dialysis, goal-setting, and depression.

Patient Peer Mentoring

The Portland Kidney Group offers Peer Support for dialysis patients of all modalities, and transplant donors and recipients.

PKG and NKF will also sponsor the annual Kidney Wellness Fair & Community Picnic on August 20, 2017, and the 8th Anniversary Holiday Gathering on November 5, 2017, in Portland OR.

For details on all three, see the 2017 PKG Calendar at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG2017.pdf .