Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28MENTAL ILLNESS Q&A Thursday, January 19 Noon – 1 p.m. With Dr. Matthew Stanford, Chief Executive Officer, Hope and Healing Center & Institute Dr. Stanford offers caregivers and family members of individuals living with serious mental illness the opportunity to ask honest questions in a supportive environment, equip them to better interact with and care for their mentally ill loved ones, and learn how to navigate the mental health care system. Join us on the third Thursday of every month. No reservations are required. Bring your lunch; we will provide drinks. H O P E A N D H E A L I N G C E N T E R & I N S T I T U T E All classes, seminars and special events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Reservations are requested. Activities are held in the Hope and Healing Center & Institute that is located on the east side of the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church campus. For information or to register, call 713-871-1004 or visit COUPLES STAYING CONNECTED THROUGH PARENTING CHALLENGES With Jamie L. Loveland, PhD, LCSW Wednesday, January 18 6:30 – 8 p.m. Parenting a child with a psychiatric disorder can cause significant strain on a couple’s relationship and create a dynamic that is riddled with blame, mistrust and division. Children and adolescents managing drug or alcohol abuse, self-harm behaviors, impulsivity, defiance, depression and/or anxiety can suck the oxygen out of the home and the family, leaving couples with little energy for each other. Oftentimes, instead of turning toward each other for support and sustenance, differing perspectives and beliefs cause a turning away which leaves partners feeling alone and exhausted. But this does not have to be every couple’s story. This seminar will provide couples with tangible tools and coping strategies that will help them re-align, re-connect, and re-energize their relationship regardless of their parenting challenges. CREATING MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA With Julie Kutac, MA, Religious Studies and PhD, Medical Humanities, and Professional Education and Research Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Presented by Huffington Foundation Tuesday, January 17 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Even basic activities can be meaningful if done with intention and purpose. This presentation will address ways to incorporate meaningful activities across the disease spectrum for a person with dementia. Dr. Kutac will talk about communication challenges for persons with dementia and distinguish between physical and social needs. She will discuss simple ways that social needs can be met and identify creative ways to develop activities that build upon a person’s life story, preferences and strengths. CAFÉ CHANGE Thursday, January 5 Noon – 1 p.m. With Dr. Peggy Determeyer, McGee Fellow on Bioethics and Aging at the Hope and Healing Institute Actress Bette Davis reportedly observed that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Circumstances change during the aging process and sometimes we have to find new ways to adapt, particularly in the health care arena. Join Dr. Determeyer to answer questions and explore issues in a supportive environment. LUNCH & LEARN – Facing A Life-Threatening Medical Condition: Be Aggressive on Your Own Behalf Wednesday, January 25 Noon – 1 p.m. Please join us to hear an important message that when it comes to one’s own health, one must be assertive, and even aggressive, on one’s own behalf. Discussion will include 10 points for taking control of one’s own health, followed by a question and answer period. THE STAR I JANUARY 2017 23