Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a webinar on Sex and Intimacy with CKD March 23, 2017. Sex is good medicine. It has health benefits, feels good, strengthens relationships and makes life more rewarding. CKD can interfere with physical intimacy, but it can’t prevent it. Learn about why sex is important, possible, and beneficial. Learn ways to be intimate that any body can do, how to enjoy it more, and how to find new sources of physical connection. For more information on the webinar and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/DPC.sex.0317.pdf .
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will co-sponsor a free webinar titled The Transforming Power of Music, with Olivia Newton-John and Friends on January 30, 2017. Loss and grief occur for many reasons — whether it’s caring for a seriously ill patient, or losing a loved one, a relationship, one’s health, a pet, or a job. It’s important to remember that each person’s grief is as individual as his or her DNA – and there truly is no timeline for healing from loss. With the fast-paced society we live in, we are often forced to “get over things.” However, grief has its own clock. For details and registration see https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5001456673658620163 .
The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) has prepared a web page for week 4 of National Preparedness Month covering special considerations for taking care of children during disasters, including some resources in Spanish. Find the page at http://www.kcercoalition.com/Kids .
Another KCER web page emphasizes physical and emotional recovery after a disaster; see http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/patient-resources/after-an-emergency/ . The Disaster Distress Helpline is at 800-985-5990, or you can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
The monthly KCER Watch newsletter covers current Emergency Preparedness topics; find it at http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/kcer-watch/ .
We’ve added the May issue of Network 16 News, on “Empathy: A Prerequisite to Patient Centered Care,” to the Network 16 website. Empathy is hard to define, yet research shows it to be the key to any healing relationship. This News issue includes an excellent introduction to Empathy, and two great links to additional resources. It also has reminders about the Portland Kidney Group and NKF’s Summer Kidney Wellness Fair & Picnic August 28, and the AAKP’s National Patient Meeting in Nashville September 23-25; click on “Patient Calendar” above for more information about these. Find all of our Network 16 News issues at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .
We’ve added the latest issue of our patient newsletter, Network Consumer News, to the Network 16 website. This issue is on “Staying Healthy: Medicare’s Preventive Services,” with supplementary articles on Vaccinations and news about goings-on at Network 16. We also include a summary of what Networks can do for patients, as well as a feedback form. Find the current Network Consumer News issue, along with the archive of earlier issues, at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .
On May 17, 2016, the American Kidney Fund will present a free webinar on Living with Chronic Kidney Disease: the Ups, Downs, and All Arounds. For more information, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/living-with-chronic-kidney-disease.html .
Disasters are stressful and emotionally upsetting for everyone affected, especially children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses or issues with access to health care. The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition has collected a number of disaster mental health resources that can be beneficial to your facilities, colleagues and stakeholders. Find links these resources on the KCER website at: