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/ .

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.

3/23 DPC Sex with CKD Webinar

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 .

1/30 Grief and Music

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 .

Kids and Disaster Recovery

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/ .