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.

New Tools in Depression Toolkit

The Forum of ESRD Networks has added a recording and slides from their October 4, 2018 live webinar on Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma and Strengthening our Mental Health.  The event was hosted by patient leaders from the the Forum in collaboration with AAKP and NKF.  Find these resources, plus ancillary tools, at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-series-2018-2019.

Depression Toolkit Revised

The National Forum of ESRD Networks has revised the Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit and added a video.  Find the revised English version at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/new-toolkit-dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit/dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit-english and a Spanish version at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/new-toolkit-dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit/dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit-spanish.  A related video interview with a dialysis patient has also been recorded.  Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Iv6JytQt4.

10/22+ Laugh Will and Testament Webinar

DPC’s next Educational Call is an October 22, 2018 webinar called Laugh Will and Testament: Using Humor to Contemplate Mortality and Enjoy Life.  See the poster below and http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars for details.  RSVP at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-call-rsvp to get a reminder.

The DPC Education Center is a treasure trove of information on kidney disease; find it at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/.  Mark your calendar for future Educational Calls on November 15 and December 13, and 2019 Calls on January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28, and December 26.

10/4 Depression Toolkit Webinar

The Forum of ESRD Networks will present a webinar for patients highlighting the new Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit, which was developed by patients for patients. The October 4, 2018 webinar, Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma & Strengthening our Mental Health, includes presenters from AAKP and NKF.  Find details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/Dialysis.Depression1.pdf and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5681662958097152769.  This is a national webinar with limited capacity, so register early.  The Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit itself can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/DepressionToolkit.pdf.  A second webinar, for care providers and facilities, is being developed for early 2019.