Special One Day Class for Dementia Caregivers

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Friday April 28, 2017 | Family Caregiver Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Association present:

There Must Be a Better Way Than This!

A SPECIAL ONE DAY CLASS FOR DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS

At this class, you’ll learn tips and strategies for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia. You’ll also learn:
 How to handle difficult behaviors
 How dementia affects a person’s ability to understand and communicate
 How to feel more confident in your caregiving role

DATES/TIME: Friday April 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LOCATION:

Alzheimer’s Association
4340 Redwood Highway
Suite F138
San Rafael, CA 94903

SPEAKER:

Amanda Hartrey, LMFT, Family Consultant
Family Caregiver Alliance

TO REGISTER: Contact Amanda Hartrey at 415-434-3388 ext. 334. Feel free to leave a message with your name, number, and the name of this workshop. Pre-registration is required. Group size is limited and please let us know if you have a disability and require assistance. We regret to inform you that we are unable to accommodate professional caregivers at this event.

To download the flyer, click here.

 

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Detect & Connect: Train the Trainer

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Thursday July 28, 2016 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Facilitator Training Workshop |

A free, 2-hour facilitator training to learn how to conduct a Detect & Connect workshop. Detect & Connect helps people recognize concerning behaviors, connect compassionately with older adults and connect individuals with resources.

Who Should Attend
Our first Train the Trainer is open to those who:

  • Participated in one of the first two Detect & Connect workshops,
  • Are involved with the Aging Action Initiative’s Mental Health and Dementia Workgroup, or
  • Were referred to the workshop and have mental health training

This workshop was created and produced by the members of the Aging Action Initiative Mental Health and Dementia Workgroup. Join us for this great opportunity!

Register here or call 415-456-9062

Download the flyer 

About Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

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Combating Stereotypes of Old Age

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May 25, 2016 |

Community Collaboration Combating Stereotypes of Grandmas and Graffiti Artists

Damon McLeese runs an art gallery in Denver. Damon’s mother had some dementia issues before she passed away.  One day he was heading to the gallery and his mother exclaimed, ‘Oh, I wish could come with you because I’m tired of doing coloring books. I’m tired. I want to just get out of this place.’ And that’s how the idea for “Granny Does Graffiti” began.

We start with the idea that graffiti is about leaving your mark. If you’re a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia, that’s probably crossed your mind. We want to make sure we’re remembered. We talk about making tags, shapes and symbols to represent ourselves.

The art gallery that Damon runs is called SA Colorado. This is no ordinary art gallery. SA Colorado is a state organization on arts and disabilities that is committed to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities. The “Granny Does Graffiti” is collaboration between SA Colorado and the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association’s SPARK! program. The goal of the SPARK program is to connect cultural institutions to people who have mild memory loss, early stage Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.

The idea is to have people battling the irreversible disease try something more than coloring books. It’s a chance for them to interact with new people, to face new challenges.

The collaboration seeks to break down the stereotypes of what people with Alzheimer’s can do and what graffiti artists can do and understand what art can do to bridge that gap. “Granny Does Graffiti” isn’t the only program pairing street artists with grandparents to teach the art of spray paint and combat stereotypes.

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In Lisbon, Portugal there is a program called Lata 65 which is a collaborative effort between Cowork Lisgboa and Wool | Covilhã Urban Art Festival.  The program brings together a group of notable street artists to teach 100 senior citizens aged 65+ the graffiti arts. The collaboration seeks to bring people of all ages together rather than allow the generational stereotypes continue to widen the divide between the old and the young.

To learn more about the Granny Does Graffiti program, click here

To meet the graffiti grannies of Lisbon, click here

Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit agingactioninitiative.org or connect with us on Facebook.

 

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A Guide to Cooking with Alzheimer’s Disease

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May 24, 2016 |

A Comprehensive Guide for Caregiver’s: Cooking with Alzheimer’s Disease

Paula Wolfert is an American author of nine books on cooking and the winner of five James Beard awards. She is also an Alzheimer’s activist. In late 2013, Paula announced that she had been diagnosed with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. She talks openly about how it has changed her life and her ability to cook.

“Some things I can still smell, like rosemary. I can’t smell roses. I can’t smell smoke. But I am still so focused.”

Cooking is among the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Caregivers typically have to play an increasingly larger role in aiding with these activities as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. By remaining active and continuing to do the things they once enjoyed, people with Alzheimer’s disease are often able to maintain their skills and independence longer. 

“I try to cook something every few days, like practicing a musical instrument”

When it comes to cooking, Paula may have an advantage. There are many cognitive, emotional, and other health-related benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The writers at culinaryschools.org put together a comprehensive guide encompassing the benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease, creating a safe environment, and making it enjoyable.

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The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

To see the entire guide, click here

To learn more about Paula, visit her website paula-wolfert.com

Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit agingactioninitiative.org or connect with us on Facebook.

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AAI Educates on Mental Health & Dementia in Elderly

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April 28, 2016 | The AAI Mental Health & Dementia Workgroup held its second Detect & Connect workshop. The workshops focus on mental health and dementia issues in older adults. The free workshops explore on Detection, identifying normal aging vs. abnormal behavior, and Connection, effective communication techniques and appropriate support services.

The workshop was created for community members who regularly support the needs of older adults

Those in attendance have included both care givers and professionals from all over the county. Participants who interact with older adults learned how to detect behaviors that might reflect mental health or dementia issues, and how to compassionately respond and connect them to resources.

Those in attendance included both care givers and professionals from the city of San Rafael, EAH Housing, and two local law offices

The event was videotaped for future training and development. There will be a Train the Trainer workshop in June (date TBD). If you would like to be notified about registration, please contact support@agingactioninitiative.org or call 415-492-9444.

Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit agingactioninitiative.org or connect with us on Facebook.

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