Celebrating Spirituality with People Who Have Dementia, with Gemma Jones

Date(s) - April 4, 2018 - April 5, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Carey Centre

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This course is an interactive course, with stories, presentations, demonstrations, examples and discussion. This course aims to provide information about dementing illnesses to members of faith communities to help reduce misunderstandings and fear about dementia and to help them to support people with dementia to celebrate their spirituality as fully as possible and wherever possible (at church, at home, in nature, in care settings).

This course encourages participants to consider the dementia process to understand changing abilities and needs of people as they progress through all stages, as well as the sensory changes in old age and dementia, which can limit perception,​comprehension, and participation.

Participants will examine worship for the spiritual care for older people, including people with dementia. The course will also examine adaptations for people in different stages, as well as spiritual connectedness: one-to-one or small groups

For more information or to register, contact CAREY via email at [email protected] or by phone at 604-225-5920.

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

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