Free Lunch & Learn Dementia Education Programs Offered at Vista Prairie this Spring

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Free Lunch & Learn Dementia Education Programs Offered at Vista Prairie this Spring

Sundowning. Mood changes. Bath wars. When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, everyone—caregivers and family members—feels the impact of the disease. Why do they do what they do? And what can you do about it? Understanding why certain behaviors happen—and how best to approach the situation—will relieve frustration all-around. Education is key.

With more than 20 years of experience in memory care program development, Vista Prairie Memory Care Program Specialist Mary Jo Hannasch has a lot of wisdom and advice to share. Join her March 21 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens Theater Room in Redwood Falls for a free lunch-and-learn session addressing the most effective ways to communicate with those affected by dementia. From tips on how to get through to a loved one to the “validate, therapeutic fib, and redirection” method for dealing with challenging behavior, Mary Jo will help equip participants through “Opening All Channels of Communication in Dementia Care.”

General continuing education certificates of attendance (CEUs) will be available. Professional and non-professional caregivers are welcome. Registration is necessary—space is limited. If interested in attending, please call Mary Jo at 507-644-8500 to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Dementia Education Sessions:

• April 18, noon to 2 p.m., “Behavioral Symptoms, Medications, and Treatments in Alzheimer’s”

• May 16, noon to 2 p.m., “Spiritual Needs of the Alzheimer’s Patient and Finding Hope in Ambiguous Loss”

All sessions will be hosted at Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens, 511 S. Dekalb St., Redwood Falls, MN.

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