Date(s) - April 13, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Beulah Garden Homes
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An Alzheimer Café is a post – diagnostic, group support and dementia education intervention, for people with dementia, their family carers. An AC is held monthly by a steering group, professionals and volunteers. It is held in a (safe) café – like environment, intended to be ‘low – threshold’ – safe to enter and attend.
The course “About the Alzheimer Café and How to Help” is for participants who want to learn more about an Alzheimer Café and how to properly run their own Café. The course also offers participants a core understanding about dementia and living with dementia.
This course encourages participants to consider the various types of hidden support that are provided at an Alzheimer Café, their role in this or choosing what best suits their skills. Further, it explores how the participant’s awareness, communication, encouragement, and inclusion can help Alzheimer Café guests.
ABOUT GEMMA JONES
Dr. Gemma Jones was the founder of the first Alzheimer Café (AC) in the UK, in Farnborough, borrowing from the example of Dr. Bere Miesen, who founded the first Alzheimer’s Café in the Netherlands in 1997. She developed a unique program for health-care professionals, family carers, caregivers and anyone involved with the provision of compassionate care. She authored many articles and books including Alzheimer’s Cafes and Why They Work and About Dementia for Families with Children. She taught week long training sessions extensively using a multi-sensory approach in the UK, Netherlands, and Canada and is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and forums.
Her web site is: www.thewidespectrum.com
Dr. Jones is a graduate of UBC School of Nursing. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Alzheimer care she was presented with the Award of Distinction by UBC School of Nursing in May 2016