Essentials for Understanding Dementia & Care, with Gemma Jones

Date(s) - April 9, 2018 - April 10, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Carey Centre

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This two-day dementia Master class aims to develop a core knowledge base about dementia and dementia care (vocabulary, concepts, models, examples). The course uncovers key aspects of the developing knowledge for professional dementia care to provide a conceptual framework for understanding dementing illnesses, behavioural changes and the range of options for care, communication, and environmental intervention.

This course is based on the assumption that all behaviour has meaning, home is a feeling – not just a place, and a caregiver’s presence is often symbolic.This course provides accurate information about dementing illnesses, to help reduce the stigma and fear of dementia, and to improve the care for people with dementia and their carers.

This master class has been attended by a wide audience, ranging from nurses and personal care workers, to social workers and pastors.

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.

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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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