Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Program | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm & 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Discussion | 1:00 – 2:00 pm & 7:00 – 8:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Bring a meal or snack | Tea & water provided
“‘What if it’s me?’ Preparing now” | Led by Linda Abel, RN
What if it’s me?
The only way we can know if there are changes going on in our brain is by establishing a baseline. In this session, we’ll learn how to establish our own cognitive baselines — and why this is so important, including:
What can I do now to help people know how to take care of me when I can no longer tell them what they need to know about me? We’ll lead you in the process of thinking about mundane things like morning routines, preferred beverages, things that soothe — or tend to irritate — you when you’re feeling upset.
How do I make plans now for what will happen to me — and to my belongings and assets — if I become unable to make these decisions? In this session, we’ll give you a document to fill out and file with your advanced directives, along with important things to think about as you answer these questions now.
I know music plays a big part in memory care therapies. How can I let people know what specific music I tend to connect with — and what I don’t? Brain studies show that music is one of the first and one of the last things we connect with. After watching a short video, “Alive Inside,” together, we’ll discuss, provide instructional handouts, and practice creating and preserve our own personal playlists of our favorite music from each decade of our lives.
How can I help my family remember me and my favorite stories from my life and experiences? We’ll be working with this in more depth in the coming months, but this introduction to capturing your stories will include ways and methods of gathering and preserving your most important stories and why this is so important to your care — and to the legacy you’ll leave to your loved ones.
Bring your lunch or dinner (we’ll provide water and tea or coffee!) and join us at either 11:30 am or 5:30 pm for this important program as part of FUMC Fort Worth’s two-year Dementia Aware series.