While the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will not hold any site-based programming at its facility until further notice, the center will continue to offer virtual educational, support, and therapeutic programs. Free and open to the community, these online programs address topics of interest to individuals and care partners navigating Alzheimer’s and other dementias; Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and other movement disorders; and multiple sclerosis. The goal is to help our community learn to manage different stressors and maximize quality of life in the face of the new challenges and opportunities brain disorders present.

By leveraging technology, participants will be able to join classes through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Participants can simply reach out to the contact for each program of interest and to receive customized instructions on how to join the group session.

For additional information, please contact Verla Niebuhr at 702.271.9563or niebuhv@ccf.org You can also view the patient and family services day-by-day program calendar at ClevelandClinic.org/NevadaEvents.

Lynne Ruffin-Smith e-Library for Remote Access

The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library has reopened! Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library also 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 a 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 Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call 702.271.9563. Remote access can be gained by visiting keepmemoryalive.org/library. Contact the Library at louruvolibrary@ccf.org, for additional information.

  • Selection & e-Library Book of the Month: Shake, Rattle & Roll with It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s – By: Vikki Claflin

Special Events:

  • Dealing with Dementia – Free online workshop for caregivers

Tuesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT

This program is designed for caregivers to understand dementia, manage problem behaviors, handle stress and find time for you. Registration is required: 702.271.9563 or LouRuvoSocialServ@ccf.org.

  • Mental Wellness and MS – Free online workshop for individuals living with MS

Monday, Apr. 18 – Friday, May 27, 1 hour per week (weekday & time TBD dependent on registrants)

Individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS) who want to learn about mental wellness as a key component of establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To RSVP or for questions: RehabNV@CCF.org.

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

Wednesdays, from Noon – 1 p.m. PT

Guests are encouraged to join the conversation using the Q & A box during this free online educational session. For more information about the Lunch & Learn program or to obtain the link to join live, please visit here. Missed a session? Past recordings can be viewed at clevelandcliniceducationnv.org.

  • Apr. 6: The Value of OT: A First-Hand Story – Kazandra Lopez Hernandez, OTD-S OT Therapy Doctorate Student Touro University Las Vegas

Learn the purpose of and principles behind occupational therapy, and then hear first-hand from some of our patients and their care partners about the benefits OT has provided for them.

  • Apr. 13: Managing The Emotional and Social Aspects of a Progressive Neurological Condition – Tierra Atkinson, LCSW Cleveland Clinic

Having a chronic medical condition can significantly impact a person’s emotional and social health. This session will help you see chronic conditions through a different lens and provide strategies to communicate your changing condition to others.

  • Apr. 20: Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s – Vikki Claflin, Bestselling Author, Humor Blogger, and Public Speaker

After many dark days spent coming to terms with her diagnosis, Vikki’s natural comic optimism and irreverence began to surface, and she started documenting the funny side of living with Parkinson’s disease. Hear her honest – and hilarious – take on life with a chronic illness.

  • Apr. 27: Dementia Due To Repetitive Head Injury – Aaron Ritter, MD Cleveland Clinic

It has been known that fighters exposed to repetitive head trauma may develop signs and symptoms of dementia. More recently, the term Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has been used to describe cognitive and behavioral changes in retired football players. Hear what is known about the causes, treatments, and outcomes of athletes exposed to repetitive head injury.

Campus & Community Events:

  • Dementia Conversations

Mondays, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT with Chuck and Jennifer

Fridays, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. PT with Kat and Nancy

Whether you have recently received a diagnosis of dementia, are embarking on the journey of supporting with a loved one, or are just interested in learning more about the experience of living with dementia, join us in a friendly space where no expertise is necessary and where there are no bad questions. To register visit: http://dementiafriendlynevada.org/Dementia-Conversations/ 

Therapeutic Services:

  • Rhythmic Reminiscence

Thursdays, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. PT
Pre-approval is required

Rhythmic Reminiscence is a music and movement program specially designed for individuals with memory loss. Led by physical and music therapists from the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, participants will have the opportunity to exercise, engage socially, and have some fun. Pre-approval is required for this program. Contact Becky Wellman for online access and information at wellmar@ccf.org or 702.701.7895.

  • Group Music Therapy for Individuals with Memory Loss

Monday – Friday, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. PT daily  

Music therapy is a place for friends to connect through music and song. Offered to patients and caregivers, this class combines music and therapeutic techniques to help those impacted by memory or movement disorders. These classes help to decrease feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, increase language and communication skills, aid in regulating movement coordination and provide opportunities for memory recall. They can also improve social interactions and emotional connections with family and caregivers. Contact Dr. Becky Wellman for online access and information at wellmar@ccf.org or 702.701.7895.

  • Yoga for Parkinson’s

Saturdays, from 1 – 2 p.m. PT

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide a safe space for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Ruth Almen for online access and information at almenr2@ccf.org or 702.483.6054.

  • Yoga for MS

Wednesdays & Fridays, from 1 – 2 p.m. PT

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide a safe space for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Sandy Chapman for online access and information at chapmas6@ccf.org or 702.778.7000.

Support Group Schedule:

FOR CARE PARTNERS ONLY

  • Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) support group for care partners

Wednesday, Apr. 6 & Apr. 20, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. PT

For online access and/or additional information, contact Ruth Almen at almenr2@ccf.org or call 702.483.6054.

  • Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB) support group for care partners

Wednesday, Apr. 6 & Apr. 20, from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. PT

This is an ongoing support group for family members of individuals who have been diagnosed with DLB. For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Michelle Pester at pesterm@ccf.org or call 702.483.6006.

  • Caring for Persons with Memory Loss – Peer-Led Group support group for care partners

Wednesday, Apr. 13 & Apr. 27, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. PT

This is a peer-led caregiver support group for family members and/or individuals caring for loved ones with all levels of memory impairment, regardless of diagnosis. The goal of this support group is to provide educational, emotional, and social support to caregivers in a safe and non-judgmental environment. This group is facilitated by Cleveland Clinic volunteers, and those in attendance are asked to honor the privacy of all group participants and information disclosed during the meeting. For additional information or to register, email LouRuvoPeerSupGrp@ccf.org.

FOR INDIVIDUALS AND CARE PARTNERS

  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support group for individuals and care partners

Tuesday, Apr. 26 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. PT

For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Ruth Almen at almenr2@ccf.org or call 702.483.6054.

  • Huntington’s Disease (HD) support group for individuals and care partners

Thursday, Apr. 21, from Noon – 1 p.m. PT

For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Michelle Pester at pesterm@ccf.org or call 702.483.6006.

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) support group for individuals and care partners

Mondays, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. PT

Share coping strategies, resources, uplifting stories, concerns about health and medication, work and safety environment, and connect with others traveling a similar journey. For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Sandy Chapman at chapmas6@ccf.org or call 702.778.7000.

Engagement Arts:

  • Conversations to Remember

Monday, Apr. 11 & Apr. 25, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. PT

Telling stories through art is fun and can foster creative thinking and thought-provoking exchanges. It can also stimulate distant memories. Ideal for individuals with memory loss or cognitive decline and their care partners, this class helps drive conversations that lead to new discovery, reveal personal history and introduce us to our fellow companions, all through art. For online access, contact LouRuvoSocialServ@ccf.org.

  • The Learning Arts

This program offers eclectic excursions, via videoconferencing, with museums, showcasing remarkable places across the country. For online access, contact louruvosocialserv@ccf.org.

    • Tuesday, Apr. 5, from 11 a.m. – Noon PT: Diversity of the American West: Cultures, People, & Environments – Booth Museum
    • Tuesday, Apr. 19, from 11 a.m. – Noon PT: Picture This: Virginia in the Twentieth Century – Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  • Mind in Design – An ONLINE Art Making Class for Everyone

Monday, May 2, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. OR  1 – 3 p.m. PST

Patients, families, and caregivers are invited to come together virtually, tap into their creativity, unwind, and de-stress in a fun, friendly and interactive art session. Art kits with necessary materials are mailed in advance to all registered participants. Advance registration is required by Apr. 15. Those interested in attending can register at louruvosocialserv@ccf.org