Through storytelling, readings, photography, and personal reflections, Mary Therese Perez Hattori, a native CHamoru of Guam, will share her unique and profound perspective on caring for someone with dementia in Isa Psychological Services Center’s online family caregiver support groups at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Her talk, titled “Living with Dementia the Wabi-Sabi Way,” will illustrate the beauty that can be found in impermanence and imperfection and offer family caregivers of persons with dementia a way to face the arduous journey of caregiving with grace.
Hattori is one of nine children of Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori (familian Titang) and Paul Mitsuo Hattori. Holding a Doctor of Education, she is acting director of the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii and affiliate faculty for the University of Hawai’i. She is also a poet, community organizer, and advocate for Micronesians and other Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Hattori’s talks are part of the ongoing online support groups for family caregivers of persons with dementia hosted by the Isa Psychological Services Center at the University of Guam. The sessions are free of charge to partners, family members, and other caregivers of persons with dementia throughout Micronesia. All support groups are client-centered and confidential.
The support groups are facilitated by Iain Twaddle of Isa Psychological Services Center, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology; Health Services of the Pacific social worker Rhoda Orallo, who holds a master’s in social work; and Isa counselor Nikolas Gutierrez, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
The support groups will be conducted remotely on Zoom during the pandemic.
To attend a family caregiver online support group, use the following Zoom links:
- Wednesday Support Group: https://zoom.us/j/92072878067
- Saturday Support Group: https://zoom.us/j/91243370958
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Phone: (671) 735-2883
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