Older Adult Ministry Forum: Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Congregation
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 dementiafriendly. 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.
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 dementiafriendly 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.
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time & Location: 10 AM–Noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church
104 Snelling Avenue S, St. Paul
Fee: $10 per person or $25 for a group of 3 or more people from the same congregation. If you are signing up as a group, please do so at one time.
Registration required by March 7.