Dementia support group to feature local writers and world-renowned dementia care specialists
This month, two online dementia support group sessions will feature special presentations and poetry readings by CHamoru writer Pep Borja and Evelyn Flores, professor of pacific island literatures and CHamoru studies at the University of Guam. Borja and Flores will also share the stories of their journeys as writers. These poetry reading sessions are specially designed to help caregivers learn to make meaningful connections with older adults and persons with dementia.
The presentations are part of the ongoing online support groups for family caregivers of persons with dementia being conducted by the Guam/Micronesia Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program of the University of Guam School of Health.
Also this month, world-renowned dementia care specialists affiliated with Positive Approach to Care will provide training to caregivers of persons with dementia. Applied Gerontologist Dr. Beth Nolan will present on “Brain Changes in Dementia” on May 14 and Occupational Therapist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, will present on “Navigating the Journey of Dementia” on May 21. Nolan and Snow will be available after their presentations to answer questions from the group participants.
CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care™ – Module 5: Emotional and Spiritual Support
Poetry in Dementia Care with Pep Borja
Brain Changes in Dementia with Dr. Beth Nolan
Poetry in Dementia Care with Dr. Evelyn Flores
Navigating the Journey of Dementia with Teepa Snow
CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care™ – Certification Exam
The GWEP dementia support group sessions are held remotely on Zoom every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, year-round. The sessions are free of charge to partners, family members, and other caregivers of persons with dementia who have ties to Guam and the Micronesian region.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $885,592 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government. Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Award #: 6 U1QHP33078-03-02.