Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Congregation

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Date(s) - 03/09/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Augustana Lutheran Church

Carolyn Klaver
Phone: N/A

Older Adult Ministry Forum

Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Congregation

Friday, March 9, 2018

10 AM–Noon at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert Street, West St. Paul)

Welcoming & Supportive

With a growing awareness in many faith communities of the challenges posed by dementia, congregants and church staff are beginning to explore ways to make their congregations more dementia-friendly. Faith communities want to be welcoming places where people who are living with dementia, and their caregivers who share their journey, can continue to nurture and grow their faith.

Why Dementia?

Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. –Alzheimer’s Association

Faith Communities Bring Hope

By honoring and building on the strengths and gifts of those living with dementia, faith communities can find ways to meaningfully engage those with dementia and their caregivers, so that they continue to feel loved, valued, and welcomed.

This forum will help you champion the efforts of becoming a dementia-friendly congregation.

Learn about:

The basics of Alzheimer’s & other dementias

Tips for raising awareness to become more

welcoming & dementia-friendly

Ideas for providing spiritual support to people with dementia

Action resources for getting started in becoming a dementia-friendly congregation

Event is open to people of all faiths. Light refreshments will be served.

Presenter: Carolyn Klaver, RN, Community Dementia Care Specialist, Lyngblomsten

Carolyn has more than 16 years of experience working with individuals who have memory loss, their families, and their caregivers. She is certified as a Dementia Capable Caregiver Coach, Family Memory Care Consultant, and REACH Coach.

Fee: $10 per person or $25 for a group of three or more people from the same congregation.

Registration required to (651) 632-5330 or by March 6. Space is limited; register early.

Lyngblomsten is a Christian nonprofit organization providing healthcare, housing, and community-based services for older adults since 1906. Lyngblomsten is affiliated with the ELCA, area churches, and the Alzheimer’s Association.