Spring 2017 Dementia Education Event

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.

Jolene Brackey pictured with some of the WCDAN members volunteering at the event.

Jolene Brackey pictured with some of the WCDAN members volunteering at the event.

Jody Loseth, Education Team Leader at the WCDAN display.

Jody Loseth, Education Team Leader at the WCDAN display.

Chrissy Elton, WCDAN member, at the Copperleaf Display.

Chrissy Elton, WCDAN member, at the Copperleaf Display.

 

WCDAN Chair Lori Petersen introducing Jolene Brackey.

WCDAN Chair Lori Petersen discusses WCDAN before introducing Jolene Brackey.

 

Attendees at the Spring 2017 Event.

An overview of the Spring 2017 Event.

 

Author Jolene Brackey sharing her caregiving information at the Spring 2017 Event.

Author Jolene Brackey sharing her caregiving information at the Spring 2017 Event.

 

WCDAN Chair Lori Petersen with Author Jolene Brackey

WCDAN Chair Lori Petersen pictured with Jolene Brackey during a break.

 

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

Jolene BrackeyThe 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

12:15 pm

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.

Family Moments

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.