Every Spring and Fall, WCDAN presents dementia awareness education to the community. Our Spring 2017 Speaker was Jolene Brackey, on “Creating Moments of Joy.” The outline of her presentation follows photos from the event. Find a review of the event on our blog.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Montevideo Location: United Methodist Church, 731 N. 11th St., Montevideo
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Willmar Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1401 6th St. SW, Willmar
The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network and the West Central Dementia Awareness Network are proud to present Jolene Brackey, nationally acclaimed speaker and author of “Creating Moments of Joy.”
This program is an educational opportunity for professionals, caregivers, families and friends of people living with dementia. You are welcome to attend the entire event, or just a portion of day. A flat fee/donation of $10 per person will be accepted at the door to help defray costs.
The Program Schedule
Doors open for registration, and a Meet and Greet with Jolene Brackey.
1:00 – 4:00 pm
“Creating Moments of Joy”
In this presentation, you’ll be sure to catch the vision. A vision that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. Catch the speaker’s energy and obtain fun, simple ways to bring joy and hope into every day.
Memory Enhanced Activities
As this presentation unfolds, you’ll see that even though we cannot give those with Alzheimer’s back their memories, we can give them an experience that triggers their memory. Learn ways to trigger memories. It’s not about the big things we do. It’s about the simple pleasures we share everyday.
4:00 – 5:30 pm – Break
If participants opt to stay, there will be a light supper served for freewill donation. There will also be the opportunity to visit displays and gather information, as well as obtain a free memory screen, if desired.
5:30 – 7:30 pm
It’s Saturday Night
After this presentation, you’ll see that there are understandable reasons why people with dementia do not like the bathing process. The solution-focused speaker addresses some of the reasons and will help us understand how to reduce the negative reactions by changing the bathing process. Lastly, the energetic speaker will pass on practical solutions that have worked for other care providers.
This presentation opens new doors in the journey with Alzheimer’s and teaches families their role in bridging the gap with other care providers. Once families understand dementia and how to apply the knowledge they hold, they can become “helpers” in the disease process. Creating a solid foundation is an opportunity to get everyone started on the right foot.
This event is made possible, in part, by a Live Well at Home grant from the MN Department of Human Services. For questions about this event or the networks, please contact Lori Petersen at 320.226.2343.