Posts Tagged ‘Connections’

Changing the Paradigm – Prairie Elder Care

Tuesday – July 20th, 2021 – 2pm EDT, 1pm CDT, 12pm MDT, 11am PDT & 7pm London BST, 8pm South Africa SAST, and on the 25th at 4am in Australia AEST

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Our Host, Lori La Bey will be talking with Michala Gibson who is a registered nurse, and Mandy Shoemaker both are co-founders of Prairie Elder Care and co-author of” Now is Found”.  Michala works continuously with care partners throughout the community to ensure that elders living with dementia have the best opportunities for quality of life. Mandy’s focus is to bring the concept of Community, Connection and Control to a wider audience in order to positively impact the lives of people living with dementia.

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Dementia Chats is a series of video conversations where we talk with the true experts on dementia, those living with a diagnosis. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks facilitates a conversation and is amazed by every conversation what she learns about life with dementia. She encourages everyone not only to watch these videos, but to include those living with dementia in conversations and to listen closely to their insights. They know dementia better than anyone.

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Making Connections

By: Michelle Remold

As I sit down to write this blog, I can’t help but reflect on the previous week and how important it is to be able to make and have connections. I am not just thinking about connections on a professional level, but on a personal level as well, especially when it comes to Alzheimer’s or another dementia. This is something that has started to become increasingly apparent to me.

Professionally, I am learning that having connections is important and can help you to accomplish tasks that appear to be difficult to complete. When I think about personal connections, I realize that they are very important as well. When you think about friends, chances are you became friends based on a commonality, a connection. It might be reading books, going to museums, a common interest in a subject area, or something like Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Each of us has had a different role in the lives of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. I have only seen it from the point of view of a grandchild. My mom has seen it from a child’s point of view and my grandma experienced it from a spouse’s perspective. While I don’t know exactly what my grandma or mom have gone through, it’s easier for me to understand their view points on what they experienced. When it comes to having a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having connections that understand what someone is going through can be important. Having someone you can talk to who understands what you are experiencing can be helpful and therapeutic. Making various connections with people is important. It gives you someone to bounce ideas off of, share stories and laugh with, or talk to about frustrations and stressors.

I think that being able to talk about things and having someone who can in some way relate is important. When my grandpa was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, not many people seemed to know much about Alzheimer’s and I remember spending a lot of time explaining the disease to friends. Other kids never seemed to talk about grandparents with Alzheimer’s or dementia, but for me it always was a topic for research papers and presentations. Now I see the value in having someone to talk to who understands and I am more than willing to lend a listening ear to anyone who needs it. No one is alone when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia, we just need to share stories, memories, tips, and most of all, make connections with each other.

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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Creativity is Key

By: Michelle Remold

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, finding ways to interact with them can be difficult. During the early stages these interactions can be easy to create, but as the disease progresses it can be hard to either create these interactions or to find ways to make the desired connections. That is why it is important to be creative when interacting with those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The ways to interact with those with Alzheimer’s or dementia can vary greatly and can provide opportunities to create memories. When I talk with family and friends about their experiences with loved ones who had either Alzheimer’s or dementia, the stories I hear often have to do with creative ideas they came up with to spend time with them.

Recently I spoke with a friend about how she and her family would come up with ideas to interact with her mother. I often am surprised at what methods they came up with. She has told me stories about making gifts with her for holidays and letting her decide who to give them to. She has also told me about creating games to play with her mother. For example, she said they would take bowls and put different objects in them and ask her what she was holding. She said that if her mother didn’t know what it was, they would let her look at it, help her figure out what it was and then she would get a small prize when she got it correct. I know my grandma used to have ‘school time’ with my grandpa. My grandma would have him work on letters, basic math, draw pictures, and write his name. It allowed her to feel like she has helping in some way.

The stories and memories I hear reiterate that interaction is incredibly important. It doesn’t matter what ideas, crafts, or games you come up with, but they all allow you to spend quality time with the person who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Not all games or activities will work for everyone, but that is why, when interacting with those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, creativity is key.

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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