UOG School of Health launches memory loss resource
In partnership with the University of Guam Press, UOG’s School of Health will be distributing a resource for local adults experiencing memory loss.
Guåhan Memories: Images and Conversation Starters for Adults with Memory Loss features images and conversation starter prompts that reflect the experiences of people from Guåhan to initiate meaningful discussions about their lives.
The resource was funded by the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Award from the Health and Resources Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The first recipients of the resource included staff from the Mayors’ Council of Guam Adult Day Care program which serves frail and elderly residents who require supervision.
During a Sept. 24 training session at the Macheche Community Center, Margaret Hattori, GWEP program director, distributed the resource for certified caregivers to use and share.
The resource will be useful to all elderly, including those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, said Maria Timoteo of the Adult Day Care Center. “It will help anyone who works with the frail or elderly to have meaningful conversations. Our clients will immediately connect with the pictures and conversation starters in it.”
Providers interested in incorporating Guåhan Memories: Images and Conversation Starters for Adults with Memory Loss in their services may contact UOG School of Health GWEP at (671) 735-0109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mangilao, Guam 96913
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