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 A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. Prior to establishing her own practice, Jennifer served for many years as the Executive Director of IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of older adults through the conduct of applied research. She is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia. Jennifer offers interactive and educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia. Jennifer Brush is the co-author of four books: Creative Connections in Dementia Care™; I Care; Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit™ (ECAT) and A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. She is the author of Meal Time Matters and Meal Time Matters at Home, training programs that build nursing assistants' and home caregivers' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. Jennifer has authored over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, served as guest editor of the journals Seminars in Speech and Language and Perspectives in Gerontology, volunteered as Chair of Professional Development in Gerontology for the American Speech Language Hearing Association Special Interest Group, and was an editorial reviewer for SpeechPathology.com. Jennifer is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Jennifer is honored to be appointed by the Executive Director of AMI to serve as an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia. This group is responsible for writing the AMI standards for Montessori dementia programs. Jennifer presented her research in the area of dementia at the first international conference for Montessori environments for dementia in Sydney, Australia in 2014, and spoke at the annual AMI meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015. She will return to Sydney in November, 2015 to speak about creating supportive environments for the aging.
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