Are you a dementia friend?

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Are you a dementia friend?

Everyone knows someone who is living with dementia. Who do you know?

Would you like to know how you can better support your friend, neighbor, loved one, or co-worker?

Would you like to join a global effort in reducing the stigma of dementia?

Are you, your organization, group or business interested in making a real difference in your community?

People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. To provide this helping hand, Dementia Friends aims to give people an understanding of dementia and the small things that they can do to make a difference. From helping someone to find the right bus or choose an item in the grocery store…

Here in Ohio, the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health provides free information sessions about dementia that will help you to empower others.

They provide a workbook that makes the 45-minute session informative and interactive. You’ll learn how dementia can affect individuals, tips for communicating and engaging with those affected and perhaps most importantly, you’ll identify specific actions you can take to support people who are living with dementia in your community.

To become a Dementia Friend, you’ll commit to at least one dementia-friendly action, such as inviting an individual with dementia to a concert, restaurant, class, shopping; walk or community event; encouraging a colleague to become a Dementia Friend; taking dinner to a caregiving family; volunteering to give a caregiver a break; driving someone to an appointment; reading to a person with dementia; joining a dementia advocacy event.

Contact Marty Williman, Program Director for Ohio Council for Cognitive Health to learn more or to schedule a session.

By | 2019-07-31T13:00:40+00:00 July 31st, 2019|dementia, dementia. alzheimers, Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jennifer Brush
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities. With her nearly three decades of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered projects for the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and she is the only AMI Certified Trainer of Trainers for Montessori for Aging and Dementia in the US. She is also adjunct faculty at St. Nicholas Montessori College in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Jennifer is the author of several nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her innovative work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study in speech-language pathology and publishing 2 books on the subject. Look for Jennifer’s new co-authored book about Person-Centered Care, to be published by Wiley in 2020.
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