10/17 DPC Webinar on Transplant

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present an October 17, 2019 webinar on Decisions You Need to Make about Your Transplant Choice.  The webinar will cover high risk donors, the transplant waitlist, and how to be a “great transplant recipient.”  RSVP at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/.  This is short notice, but the webinar will be recorded, and when the recording is ready you can find a link to it at the same web page, along with past webinars on topics like diabetes, employment, exercise, medications, laughter, support, and many others.  The next monthly webinar, on November 21, will be about Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease.  There’s no date set yet, but the December webinar will be on Kidney Nutrition.  Find more details and RSVP for current and future webinars at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.

5/14 AAKP HealthLine on SHPT

AAKP will present a May 14, 2019 webinar on Understanding Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) – What is it?  How can it be managed?  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8410471602615141899.  Future HealthLine webinars will discuss Traveling While on Dialysis in June, and Exercise and Physical Rehabilitation in July.  AAKP’s HealthLine page at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/ includes a link to their long list of past HealthLine webinars.

HDC re LOL-HD

MEI’s Home Dialysis Central blog has an interesting post on Laugh Out Load Hemodialysis, which Satellite Dialysis has been experimenting with.  Among other things, the post describes the physiological benefits of laughter, including its positive impact on mood, pain, lungs, cardiovascular function, and immune response.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/305-laugh-out-loud-hemodialysis-lol-hd-improving-the-dialysis-experience-at-satellite-healthcare/.  While the subject of the post is in-center dialysis, anyone with an internet connection and computer or smartphone who dialyzes at home can call up a million comedies to watch.  See also https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/DPC/DPCLaugh2019.pdf for information on a May 26, 2019 webinar on Pain Relief through Laughter.

RSN Renal Warrior Podcast

The Renal Support Network has published a March 7, 2018 KidneyTalk podcast on Renal Warrior: the Power is Within You, a story about a 300-pound 34-year-old who, surprised by an unanticipated diagnosis of severe hypertension and ESRD, took responsibility for his own continued Life.  Through a very gradual increase in exercise, he has lost 130 pounds over the last eighteen months, and is now on the transplant waitlist.  Find the recording of the podcast, including a link to his ongoing Facebook page, at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/renal-warrior-power-within/.

NW16 2/24 UW Transplant Dinner

The University of Washington Medical Center Team Transplant provides a life-changing wellness program for transplant recipients and their support team through regular exercise, healthy eating and community support, while promoting organ donation awareness.  They will hold their Annual Fundraising Dinner February 24, 2018 on the UW campus.  For more information on the Dinner and on Team Transplant, and to register for the Dinner, see http://www.cvent.com/events/team-transplant-s-annual-fundraising-dinner/event-summary-9929a6b93dcc4d1996b2693577152b25.aspx.

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/ .