September 19, 2017
11:30 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Dementia Signs and Strategies: Lessons Learned from a Family Caregiver
About the Session:
Do you know the warning signs of dementia? Would you like to better understand how it feels to be living with dementia? How to communicate with persons who have dementia? There is no handbook for dementia caregivers. I will share my personal experience and the many lessons learned on my dementia journey. You will have a better understanding of dementia and how to change your approach to improve quality of life for everyone.
Rosanne Burke is a Certified Positive Approach™ to Dementia Care Trainer. She teaches families and health care professionals knowledge and skills that transform how they care for a person who has dementia. She has been a dementia care partner to her father for four years and is a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Society.
Ambiguous Loss and Staff Grief in Dementia
About the Session:
Family members of people with dementia often experience a continuous and profound sense of loss and subsequent grief as they live through the progression of the disease. “Dementia creates ambiguous loss. The duality of your loved one’s being absent and present at the same time is confusing, and finding meaning becomes immensely challenging. Without meaning, it’s hard to cope”. (P.Boss, 2011) The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) conducted thorough research reviews and Pan-Canadian interviews with health-care providers, individuals with dementia and caregivers who have benefited from grief and loss interventions in order to better understand this issue and to inform the development of educational resources. The goal of this session is to address grief, validate the experience of ambiguous loss and equip family and professional caregivers with practical strategies to help them support people with dementia from the initial onset of symptoms and diagnosis to end-of-life and life after caregiving.
Laura Garcia is the Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Canada. She holds a Masters degree in Health and Aging from Western University. Laura’s professional aim is to raise awareness and understanding about dementia in order to help improve the experience of people living with dementia.