2017 Lupus Empowerment Series: Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts is part of the 2017 Lupus Empowerment Series. Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home. Participate in several or just the one that most interests you.

This Ask The Experts series is offered as a free service of the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter.  All costs of services for patients and families are underwritten by the fundraising efforts of the Florida Chapter, including the Walk to End Lupus Now™.

Live teleconferences last one hour and are accessible via a toll-free number. Teleconferences will also be recorded and posted online. Pre-registration is required. Call-in/log-in information will be provided to all registrants a day before the event. 


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2017 Lupus Empowerment Series: Ask the Experts Teleconferences


Eating Smart for a Healthy Heart
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:30 – 8:30 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Philadelphia

Heart disease and stroke are typically associated with risk factors like advancing age, smoking, gender and high blood pressure. However, these factors do not fully explain the increased risk of heart disease and stroke for people with lupus. In fact, research has shown that having lupus, and undergoing treatment can, in itself, be a substantial risk factor for cardiovascular disease.  You are not powerless though!  One positive lifestyle change you can make to reduce your risk is to eat smart for a healthy heart.  Join us and learn more about eating wisely!
Presenter: Emily Rubin RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian for Thomas Jefferson University Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Working with Your Pharmacist
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: North Carolina

Learn how to manage those different medications and communicate with an important member of your health care team, your pharmacist.  Also learn about all the different medications you need to manage day to day and learn tips on avoiding side effects and drug interactions.
Presenter: Susan Corbett, PharmD, RPh, and Lupus Thriver

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An Overview of Social Security Disability Benefits
Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Indiana

The presentation will cover an overview of Social Security Disability, from how individuals become eligible for benefits to how to complete the filing process.  The presentation will review additional considerations for women receiving Social Security, and how Social Security assists families.
Presenter: Andrew Salata, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

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Workplace Accommodation for Individuals with Lupus
Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Georgia

People living with lupus may not know their rights in the workplace. This teleconference will address how to work with your employer to put together a plan to prioritize your health issues and determine the types of accommodation you may need at your place of work.
Presenter: Attorney R. Patrick White, LFA, Georgia Chapter Board Chair'

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Clinical Trials 101
Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Texas Gulf Coast

An overview on how clinical trials work, why it is beneficial to participate, and the latest trials focused on treatments for lupus
Presenter: Dr. Namieta Janssen, Rheumatologist from Houston, TX

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Let’s Talk about Lupus and the Eyes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Greater Ohio

The latest in prevention, diagnostics and treatment options for a wide spectrum of eye conditions - from the routine to the complex. Learn why Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute is ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 8 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

Presenter: Careen Lowder, MD, PhD, Cole Eye Institute; Cleveland Clinic

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Teens with Lupus: Transitioning into Adulthood
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Heartland

As a teenager living with lupus, learning how to take charge of one’s own healthcare will assist with better health outcomes as an adult. Teens with lupus and their parents will learn more about this transitional time and receive helpful tips and tools to prepare teenagers with lupus to successfully manage their illness through the adult years.

Presenter: Austin Dalrymple, DO; Pediatric Rheumatologist & Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Saint Louis University and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

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Cardiovascular Disease and Lupus
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: DV/Maryland/Virgina

Heart disease is a major complication of lupus and is now a leading cause of death among people with lupus. There are several ways to decrease your risk for developing lupus-related disease, including reporting changes in symptoms to your doctor right away and having and understanding of the major risk factors. This teleconference will address everything you need to know about how to live heart healthy with lupus.

Presenter: George Stojan, M.D.

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Think Again: Coping with Lupus Fog
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Philadelphia Tri-State

As many as half of all people with lupus describe feelings of confusion, fatigue, memory loss, and difficulty expressing their thoughts. This collection of symptoms is termed cognitive dysfunction. Learn more about "lupus fog", its symptoms and treatment options.

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Wellness Coach: A Healthy Approach to Lupus
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM, EST

Host Chapter: Texas Lone Star

Committing to a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming. Join Erica Daniel as she provides you with a process to work actively towards a better quality of health by providing support, encouragement, education, and tools.  

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