During the Adult Education Hour from 9:15 to 10: 15 a.m. on Sundays, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15, SOTH will host a free workshop on coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, presented by Coping with Dementia of Inverness, whose mission is to “make life better for individuals and families living with dementia.”
The ABC of Dementia Workshop will be led by the company’s CEO Deborah Selsavage, a certified dementia practitioner who offers information through with her own personal knowledge and experience when caring for her husband, plus training, education and “an unwavering belief in the effectiveness of Person-Centered Compassionate Care,” according to the company Website, coping.today. The free workshops are also open to the public and will be directed toward caregivers, patients, those who may be interested in learning more or are suffering from any type of memory loss.
The first session will focus on understanding dementia, symptoms and characteristics, clarify the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, offer tools to better understand and interact with the person and not the disease. There will be discussions and some role-playing. Participants will also be encouraged to ask questions.
The second session will be Dementia-Friendly training and certification to help SOTH clergy and parishioners better understand the needs of people with dementia and caregivers.
For more information, please contact SOTH Vestry member Roberta Graybiel.