Educational Series

Free health-related presentations for community members and local businesses.

Educational Series

At Cornerstone VNA, we offer free wellness clinics for health screenings, flu vaccines and educational health care presentations.
Our Educational Series presentations are free and open to community members and local businesses. We offer a variety of health and wellness related topics and the presentations can be customized to meet your specific needs or areas of interest.

Book a Presentation for Your Group or Business

Businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations may contact us to discuss options for setting up a presentation at their location (see below for a list of topics).

Presentation Topics

Our educational offerings are listed below in the following categories: Holistic Health from the Inside Out, Family Caregiver Superheroes, Safe and Sound at Home: Rehab Solutions and Health TipsMental and Social Wellness, and Shine the Light on Hospice . Presentations typically run 60-90 minutes. To request a presentation for your community group or business, please use the contact form below. Thank you!

Holistic Health from the Inside Out

Beating the Sugar Blues

We all love sugar, but is it good for our blood sugar control? If you are one of the millions who have prediabetes, diabetes, or insulin resistance, maintaining blood sugar levels can be a challenge. Normal blood sugar levels are sustained through a combination of eating a well-balanced, minimally processed diet, regular exercise, and managing your hormones by decreasing stress and getting adequate sleep. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about sugar and ways to manage a healthy blood sugar level to prevent disease.

A Healthy Relationship with Food

Do you feel that your eating is out of control? Do you feel like you are unable to get a handle on emotional or binge eating? Are you caught up in the diet culture loop? Do you believe your relationship with food is reflective of your relationship with life? If any of these questions apply to you, it could be an indication that you need a little assistance in improving your relationship with food. Learn how you can change your relationship with food with a positive mindset and discover practices to overcome obstacles.

Holistic Wellness & Nutrition

If you want to take responsibility for your own health and well-being, but don’t know where to begin, this presentation is a great place to start. We’ll review a holistic approach in caring for YOURSELF and finding balance within your life. You will participate in the “Circle of Life” activity to identify imbalances. This exercise can be eye-opening. It can reveal areas in your life that are lacking or areas where you excel. You will be encouraged to develop some goals and action steps to assist you in having more balance in your life. One of the steps in becoming well-balanced that we’ll discuss is improving your nutrition and preparing your own meals.


Nutrition for Older Adults

In this presentation, we will focus on basic whole-food nutrition. We’ll also discuss some of the nutritional challenges that we may face as we age. Many factors can affect nutrition as you get older such as finances, mobility, medications, and specific diseases. You will thrive when you learn ways to nourish your body and stay healthy. Improved nutrition will also lead to increased energy and help you stay active!


Self-Care: Mind, Body, and Soul

Self-care is important in many ways and many people are not prioritizing it in their lives. We all lead busy lives and sometimes taking care of yourself can take the back seat, but we need it more than ever. Self-care can improve your quality of life emotionally, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Learn why self-care is beneficial and where you can begin to incorporate some self-care into your busy life.

Self-Care: Spiritual & Emotional Wellness

This presentation builds on the “Self-Care: Mind, Body, and Soul” presentation, but goes into more depth as it relates to your spiritual and emotional wellness. We will help you learn more ways to nourish your self-care practices by reviewing the importance of maintaining a positive outlook and incorporating more joy in your life.

Family Caregiver Superheroes

Self-Care for Caregivers

Caregivers are often so busy caring for others that they tend to neglect their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health. This presentation will include a review of self-care practices for family caregivers.

Home Safe Home

Home safety is the number one way to reduce accidents and falls. There are numerous ways to modify your surroundings to increase your safety and the safety of others. It can be as simple as securing or removing throw rugs as well as modifying your bathroom with safety equipment. A rehabilitation therapist will discuss ways to make your home a safe place and provide a checklist that each person can take home and assess their own home or the home of a loved one.

Caring for Individuals with Dementia

This presentation will review compassionate approaches, practical support strategies, and positive reinforcement techniques to enhance the quality of life for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Gain valuable insights and tools to navigate the complexities of dementia care with confidence and empathy. Sundowning (increased confusion later in the day) will also be discussed.

Dementia: Managing Challenging Behaviors

Coming to terms with and managing challenging behaviors can present unique difficulties for an individual with dementia and their family. Positive reinforcement strategies will be discussed.

All About Advance Directives

Tell your family, friends, and health professionals about the kind of health care you want and who will make decisions for you if you’re too ill to speak for yourself by using legal documents called advance directives. A licensed social worker will discuss the importance, types, and resources to get your advance directives completed.

Growing Older Where You're Comfortable

According to a University of Michigan report, older adults (ages 50-80) feel it’s important to remain in their homes as long as possible. This presentation will guide you on important steps to consider when preparing to “grow old where you’re comfortable”, also known as “aging in place”. A member of our Life Care – Private Duty Team will share tips for maintaining independence at home, including how Cornerstone VNA can offer tailored assistance on your journey to age in place.

Shine the Light on Hospice

The Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care

Learn the similarities and differences between hospice and palliative care as well as how both programs can improve comfort and quality of life.

Assessing & Managing Common End of Life Symptoms

Learn about common symptoms seen in hospice patients and how the hospice staff, facility staff and other caregivers collaborate to manage symptoms for optimal patient comfort and quality of life.

Palliative Care for Patients with COPD: A Case Study

Learn about palliative care and hospice care and how they impact patient outcomes including hospital readmissions. Through the story of one patient with COPD, learn about interventions to help manage distressing symptoms related to end stage COPD.

Ethical Challenges in Hospice Care

Learn the four ethical principles that guide hospice care, and discuss common ethical dilemmas in end of life care.

Care of the Dementia Patient at End of Life

Learn about different types of dementia and associated symptoms, and how the hospice team works with family and other caregivers to identify goals and manage symptoms

Hospice Philosophy and Benefits

Learn about the holistic approach that is hospice care, where the focus is on quality of life and managing distressing symptoms. Review insurance coverage for hospice, where care is provided and who’s who on the hospice team.

When Is the Right Time for a Hospice Referral

Learn the signs and symptoms of a decline in health that indicate a limited prognosis, as well as tips on how to begin conversations about goals of care.

Safe and Sound at Home: Rehab Solutions and Health Tips

Home Safe Home

Home safety is the number one way to reduce accidents and falls. There are numerous ways to modify your surroundings to increase your safety and the safety of others. It can be as simple as securing or removing throw rugs or modifying your bathroom with safety equipment. A rehabilitation therapist will discuss ways to make your home a safe place and provide a checklist that you can take home to assess your own home or the home of a loved one.

Stay Upright! Tips for Fall-Free Living

Learn how to improve your balance and prevent falls. The presentation will include statistics on falls as well as contributing factors in the home environment and physical changes as we age. Learn ways to prevent issues surrounding physical changes and learn simple modifications to increase home safety. A simple balance assessment will be provided for those who wish to be tested.

Assistive Devices: Too Short, Too Tall, or Just Right?

Join our Rehab Clinicians for a device fitting workshop. A properly fitted device reduces the risk of falls and normalizes your gait. Bring your device with you!

Strength in Motion: LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Wellness

LSVT BIG is a standardized treatment protocol for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. This treatment is customized to the unique goals of each patient targeting both gross and motor skills. LSVT BIG can be adapted or progressed to meet each patient’s needs across a range of disease severity and presenting impairments. Individuals with PD may experience a variety of physical symptoms associated with the diagnosis.

Some of these problems may include:

  • Slowness and smallness of movement
  • Functional mobility changes (difficulty rising from a chair or rolling in bed in a safe fashion)
  • Decreased balance
  • Changes in ability to perform fine motor tasks (writing and buttoning)

Benefits of LSVT BIG:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improvements in daily living
Navigating Edema and Inflammation

Our Lymphedema experts will review options for managing chronic swelling. This is a generalized presentation on what chronic swelling is and how it can be managed with the right help.

Wound Care 101

Learn about living with wounds and how they can be managed at home. We will review what constitutes a wound, common causes of wounds, the normal healing process, common wound problems, how to take care of wounds at home, and when to notify your provider.

Mental and Social Wellness


Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

A mental health expert from Cornerstone VNA will help you learn more about stress and how it can be managed. Learn about causes and types of stress, symptoms, self-assessment techniques, diet and nutrition, and treatment options.

Healthy Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance describes an ideal state in which private life and everyday working life are in a balanced, harmonious relationship. Join us to explore practical strategies for incorporating enjoyable activities like travel, hobbies, and socializing into your routine. Gain insights on prioritizing self-care and relaxation to foster overall well-being and vitality.

Living Well with Anxiety

A mental health expert from Cornerstone VNA will help you learn more about anxiety and how to manage it. Build life-long strategies you can use while facing anxiety.

Beating the Blues

Gain insight into depression and discover methods to effectively manage it. Build life-long strategies that can support you through the challenges of dealing with depression.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults.


Contact Ann Vennard to learn more about our Educational Series and to schedule a FREE presentation for your community group or business.

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