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Side by Side: Understanding Dementia within Our Community
September 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
*Seating is limited. RSVP to Mindy Creson at: 510-246-1173 or MCreson@ElderCareAlliance.org
10:00 am: Welcome and Introduction
10:15 am – 11:00 am: Dementia 101: Understanding the Brain & Means of Communication
Includes an overview of the disease process and the different ways the brain is affected. We will also examine the role of the physical environment and suggest ways to maximize independence and reduce feelings of anxiety and confusion. In addition we’ll discuss how to use language, tone of voice and nonverbal communication to foster understanding.
11:00 am – 11:15 am: Coffee, Tea & Light Refreshments
11:15 am – Noon: Change Your Thinking for Meaningful Relationships
This portion of the workshop will emphasize the importance of being “present” with both ourselves and others. When we let go of expectations and stop trying to control the person living with dementia, we can experience the gifts of authentic relationships.