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Olympic Area Agency on Aging Information & Assistance 9.9.15

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Alzheimer's. Dementia. We've talked a lot about these topics in this space over the years. And while Alzhiemer's is the title we see more and more, other kinds of dementia create some of the same challenges.

Chances are, if you are a family member caring for someone with dementia (of any kind), or a professional caregiver, case manager, social worker, etc. you can always use more information. Tools for getting through each day become more essential as each day passes, and frustration or a feeling of inadequacy can sometimes attack.

Communication is key--as with all of us--and in the instance of dementia, things can get...tricky. Those in the midst of this caregiving scenario often find that the two edges of communication (how to help care recipients communicate and how we can better communicate) become critical.

An opportunity to gather useful methods and other information is coming to the Peninsula Church Center in Seaview (5000 N. Place) on September 22nd, starting at 2 PM. The event is free and will also have some free snacks!

The flyer states:

Enjoy Hors D'oeuvres and a Presentation: Communication Tips for Those with Dementia. A Free Community Event.

Facilitating the outreach is Gretchen Niemi, who is a Certified Alzheimer's Support Group Facilitator, and Director of Community Relations with Canterbury Hardens Memory Care Community in Longview.

In addition to providing communication tips and advice, there will also be a time for open discussion, handouts and even door prizes. And did I mention free snacks ("hors d'oeuvres" for the more sophisticated among us).

Another dynamic that occurs during such outreach activities is the chance to talk to other people who are either currently making this work, or have done so in the past. Shared experience is always helpful.

Seating is limited, so we're asking people to call our office (360 642 3634) to reserve a spot. We'll gather the list and get it to the folks who need to prepare.

I would encourage anyone who is involved in any way with folks who are in the grip of any kind of dementia to come and see what might be helpful. I know it's hard to carve out time if you're taking care of a family member, but if you can make it work, I believe you'll get some good out of it.

Communication is good at any time. At these times, it can be not only "good" but critical. Hope to see you there.

One quick reminder: Ocean Beach Hospital Health Carnival, September 26th, 8 AM-1 PM, at the hospital. Another opportunity for information and connections.

September can be a month of new information--also a good thing!

Information & Assistance
Long Beach: 642 3634/888 571 6558 Raymond: 942 2177/888 571 6557

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