LETTER: Workshop focuses on what to expectTo the Telegram: The upcoming conference called “Multifaceted Dementia Care: Pearls Of Wisdom, Gens Of Hope” is a full day workshop that caregivers and professionals who work with dementia patients will not want to miss.
To the Telegram:
The upcoming conference called “Multifaceted Dementia Care: Pearls Of Wisdom, Gens Of Hope” is a full day workshop that caregivers and professionals who work with dementia patients will not want to miss. Scheduled in our area at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Superior today, the event is sponsored by the Amery Regional Medical Center, Helen Bader Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
As a caregiver for a grandmother, uncle and now a parent, I found this conference filled with a wealth of practical information regarding the understanding of the stages of dementia, the expected behaviors and how to respond to these behaviors with support and compassion.
I am a licensed professional and it was also important for me to learn about the criteria for diagnosis of dementia, how to identify medical illnesses that may be involved in mimicking or worsening Dementia and how psychotropic medications can be helpful in the management of Dementia illness.
A team of three physicians, a psychologist, a counselor and an occupational therapist are presenters for the workshop. The information offered is enhanced by the enactment of dramatic skits that portray each stage of dementia with demonstrations of appropriate behavioral interventions with the patient or individual.
I can guarantee that anyone who works in or who has an interest in the field of dementia illness will have a new appreciation for the challenges of this illness with this learning opportunity. As early Dementia is unmasked and symptoms are identified more clearly, we see how some behaviors and characteristics will be unique to our patient or loved one and yet how, in some sense, are universal to anyone who has this illness. As a caregiver, I feel less alone in the giant undertaking of caring for a loved one with dementia illness. As a professional, I am grateful for this educational offering in my community.
I am a licensed independent clinical social worker, semi-retired, but maintaining my licenses for teaching and writing purposes in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. I would like to enter this article in support of the upcoming Dementia conference to be held in Superior on today. The folks at Amery Medical Center are aware that I am submitting the article and you can check with Linda in admissions if you need to at 715-268-0069 or 218-728-0650. My MSW is from Loyola University, Chicago, Ill.
Barbara A. Dicksenson,