10:00 -11:15 a.m. | Adult Care and Family Caregiver Resources, and Effective Communication Strategies for Someone with Dementia
(Shared session with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter)
Kathleen Yanik, Communications Manager, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Established in 1974, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization with a rich history of supporting older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers in southeast Michigan. We are part of a national network of Area Agencies on Aging and a leader in aging services in a six-county region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties. We help people access the services and programs they need to remain living independently and with dignity in their own home or with family caregivers. Kathleen will provide a broad overview of programs and services available.
Jim Mangi, Community Educator, Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has dementia, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.