June 9, 2024 Dementia Friendly Sunday Service

In the past, UUSRF presented a service for Dementia Friendly Sunday. Anybody interested in learning more? We could create a service this year.

Bob Emberger is willing to share his experience with the Prescott Memory Cafe and Among Friends. We have Pierce County memory cafes in Spring Valley and Prescott. They create safe spaces for people with memory problems to socialize. We also have Among Friends in River Falls. It’s a program where caregivers can bring their family members for a few hours once a week to socialize and participate in activities, including lunch. Here’s their description of what they do:

Bringing Dignity to Loved Ones While Supporting the Caregiver

Among Friends River Falls is a safe and easy first step for those facing memory changes. Our trained staff is dedicated to offering respite activities that are carefully supervised, fun, and engaging.

We are proud to serve senior adults and their families in Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Our goal is to provide cognitive engagement and new experiences for participants in a secure, welcoming environment.

Contact us to see what Among Friends has to offer. https://www.amongfriendsrf.com

If you are a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, check out this resource about the DICE Approach https://diceapproach.com

While dementia is often thought of as a “memory” disorder, behavioral changes such as agitation, depression, aggression, hallucinations, wandering and many more are nearly universal. One or more behaviors will affect nearly every person with dementia over the course of their illness, causing one of the most difficult, stressful, and costly aspects of care, and often, stress and depression in caregivers.

The DICE Approach represents a simple but systematic method for understanding, assessing and managing behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD). DICE is an adaptation of the reasoning process used by dementia behavior experts and numerous research trials involving behavioral management skills training for family caregivers.