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Develop and Build Dementia Friendly Communication Skills

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Alzheimer's Workshop_sep17_HSThis coming Friday, September 8, FUMCFW will continue to build a faith community model for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care with two programs, a workshop for building skills and an evening presentation focused on communicating with those affected by an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis.

A growing awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is occurring as our society ages — and by the time we are age 85, 40 percent of us will have some form of dementia.

Fortunately, some have come up with multiple ways to help caregivers enable those affected to retain their dignity and feel loved at every stage of this disease process. Our church has discovered a successful approach in the work of Teepa Snow, whose pioneering work in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care and support is changing the way we think about and deal with this increasingly prevalent diagnosis.

Due to the generosity of the Ostby family, we are offering workshops during the next year, culminating in a live presentation by Teepa Snow herself. Seeking to help build a model for faith communities, caregivers, and the greater Fort Worth area, First Church will be offering opportunities to consider a variety of topics, learn techniques, and develop skills essential to what Teepa Snow has dubbed Positive Approach to Care® (PAC).

A brochure outlining these events and opportunities has been published in several forms and is available in the Library, Welcome Center, Main Church Office, and online.

On September 8, FUMCFW will host Linn Possel, an ordained minister and top certified trainer with Teepa Snow’s organization. Linn will offer both a workshop from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm to present “Best Practices in Dementia Care,” and an evening presentation, “How to Communicate With Someone Who Has Dementia” from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Both events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are required for the workshop, where lunch is available for $10.

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