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Learn the world of dementia at training event

The public is invited to attend a dementia training on Thursday, May 11, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Edgewood Vista, 1902 7th Avenue E. in Alexandria.

Those especially encouraged to attend are family members or friends of someone with dementia (free), professionals who work with dementia clients ($25) and CEU Certified for four hours through BOSW/Nursing ($25).

“Dementia is so much more than just memory loss,” said Shari G., who has a family member with dementia. “Simple everyday tasks can become impossible to perform. The information that was shared will help me be a more patient and compassionate caregiver.”

In this workshop, attendees will:

  • Discover the world of dementia by understanding how people with dementia experience their world.
  • Learn the challenges language presents.
  • Learn positive approach to care, hand-under-hand philosophy and process by Teepa Snow. These techniques will enhance interaction and reduce negative reactions.

The training will be presented by Krisie Barron, LSW.

“The training gave me ideas that I have been able to implement with my clients,” said professional caregiver Kristie K. “I also gained insight into what my clients see and feel. Through role playing, I learned simple tools to physically and emotionally assist my clients and their families.”

RSVPs are required by calling (320) 763-7627, stopping in person at 315 Nokomis St., Suite 3, Alexandria, or visiting www.alternativeseniorcare.net.

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