Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces February Caregiver Schedule | Las Vegas Heals
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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health announces its February schedule for caregiver programming, including the “Lunch & Learn” weekly education series, a special art series from The Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease support groups. All programs are designed for family and professional caregivers, featuring topics of interest to those who care for individuals with ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and other neurocognitive disorders. Complementing excellent patient care, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is focused on providing supportive services and programs to caregivers and family members, maximizing their knowledge, skills and capacity to provide care. 

All educational programs are offered free of charge and are held at 888 W. Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106. For additional information contact Jasmine Sligh at 702-483-6055 or Visit the patient and family services program calendar at

Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library

Recently moved to the first floor, the library features hundreds of books, videos and brochures for patient’s families and the community-at-large. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Receive a free tote bag when you check out a book. The library catalog can be viewed here.

On-site Book of the Month: Before I Forget: Love, Hope and Help & Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s; B. Smith and Dan Gasby

e-Library for Remote Access

The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library now offers an e-Library selection of resources. People in rural and remote areas of Nevada, as well as those who can’t visit the library at the Clinic, can now access e-Books from their computer, phone, tablet or iPad®. To check out materials from the e-Library register as a library patron and obtain a patron number (library card number) by visiting the library Mondays – Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or call 702.483.6033.

e-Library Book of the Month: A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care; Virginia Bell, MSW

Contact the Library,, for additional information.

NEW: Music Therapy: “Love and Friendship”    

Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Music therapy has many benefits for patients and caregivers impacted by memory or movement disorders, including providing opportunities for memory recall, decreasing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, increasing language and communication skills, aiding in regulating gait and movement coordination and improving social interactions and emotional connections with family and caregivers. Caregivers are encouraged to bring their loved one impacted with a memory or movement disorder to participate in music therapy. To register, email

New: Spring Into Health Fare 2017: A Sampling of Everything Health  

Wednesday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Take control of your health and improve your quality of life at the 2017 Spring Into Health ‘Fare!’ This health and wellness experience will include a diverse group of community organizations representing many aspects of the healthcare system that can help you maximize your well-being. The fare is free and open to the public. To RSVP email or call 702-778-6702

Join us and sample our unique fare featuring:

·         Blood drive

·         Dental screenings

·         First aid/CPR demonstrations

·         Health and wellness presentations

·         Health risk assessments

·         Nutritional analyses

·         Vaccinations (bring RX card)

Powerful Tools For Caregivers                                                                                                            

Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 14, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based program designed to counteract negative feelings and positively impact the health of a diverse caregiving population including adult children of aging parents, spouses/partners and caregivers at differing stages in their caregiving roles, living situations, financial means and educational backgrounds. This class meets once a week for six consecutive weeks and helps caregivers learn self-care behaviors, how to manage emotions, increase self-efficacy and find community resources. The first session is Tuesday, Feb.7 at the Cleveland Clinic offices at the World Market Center (across from the Center), Building A – second floor conference room. RSVP to or call702.778.6702 to register or inquire about the program.

Art in the Afternoon: “You’re Never Too Old”                                                                                      

Monday, Feb. 27, 11 – 12:15 p.m.

Art in the Afternoon, a new program that fosters stimulating conversation, creative thinking and stimulates distant memories among individuals experiencing cognitive impairment and their caregivers.  This engaging program is free and open to anyone with memory loss but an RSVP is requested. Scheduled the fourth Monday of each month from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The next session is Monday, Feb. 27. RSVP to or call 702.483.6055 to register or inquire about the program.

Art Explorations: Art Therapy                                                                                                                  

Monday, Feb. 13, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Art Explorations – Art Therapy is a new program designed to help ease behaviors and improve quality of life in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple System Atrophy and their care partners. Participants will engage in the therapeutic art making experience with discussions on the art making process, the finished product and the feelings that emerge with it. The program is complimentary but preregistration is required. The next session is Monday, Feb. 13. RSVP to or call 702.483.6055 to inquire about the program.

Barbara “Spicy Lady” Edmonds – Lunch & Learn Educational Series                              

Wednesdays from 12 – 1 p.m.

Feel free to bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and dessert.

·         Feb. 1: Join the Fight Against Medicare Fraud – Lori J. Powers – Nevada Senior Medical Patrol

Approximately $60 billion is wasted every year due to fraud, errors and abuse in the Medicare system. If you are a Medicare beneficiary or caregiver learn how to PROTECT your identity, DETECT and REPORT fraud, and AVOID senior scams.

·         Feb. 8: The Opiate Epidemic: A National Problem with Local Implications – Robert W. Bales, MD,MPH,FAAFP – Cleveland Clinic  

Learn the scope and consequences of the current epidemic of opiate addiction and the evolution of the current state of opiate use in the United States. Find out what resources are available to treat addiction in general as well as opiate addiction in particular.

·         Feb. 15: Are You Prepared and Protected? Staying Current with Legal Tools and Changes in Law for 2017

Learn the pros and cons of wills and trusts, changes in law for advance directives, how to navigate the POLST form power of attorney and the impact of joint tenancy. Discuss the signs of elder abuse and exploitation and get answers about long-term care planning, five year planning and VA benefits.

·         Feb. 22: – Protect and Maintain Your Brain Health – Brook Hurd – Cleveland Clinic is an interactive platform that provides unique brain health assessment tools and much more. Learn the benefits of joining the app including real time assessment data, customized tips and reports, along with opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

**Filmed and archived Lunch & Learn presentations are available for viewing at your convenience.**

The Learning Arts

Dynamic conversations about art, history and more through videoconferencing.All art education programs are held at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Event is open to the public and free of charge. Scheduled 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact Verla, 702.778.6702, for additional information.

Feb. 7: Chocolate: From Treasure to Treat – Royal Botanical Gardens

Feb.21: Relief Print Making – A Japanese/German Comparison (Part II) – Cleveland Clinic

Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) & Progressive Aphasia (PPA) Care Partners Support Group

Wednesday, Feb.1 and Feb. 15 in the evenings

Those interested in more information, including registration can email

Huntington’s Disease Support Groups                                                                                                

Thursday, Feb. 16, from 12 – 1 p.m.

The group is held for gene positive individuals (asymptomatic and early stage) and adult family members. Interested individuals can contact Donna, 702-483-6035 or

Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group:                                                                                        

Wednesdays from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

This weekly group is held for adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with memory loss. Facilitated by Donna Munic-Miller, PhD. For additional information, email or call 702-483-6035. First time attendees must register with Donna.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group                                                                                                              

2nd Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This group is held for early stage individuals and adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with Parkinson’s disease. Separate groups meet at the same time. Phone screening for new early stage participants is required. For additional information contact JoAnne 702-483-6006 or