Currently I am offering a class that supports the family members of someone with dementia. Not so much about my book, but rather creating a book of family memorabilia that is used as a communication aide. I have found that with my mother, as her verbal abilities wane, I can rely on one of the many books I have made for her, and then we have something to talk about, marvel at, laugh about. I mean, you can’t even ask someone with short recall, how their day is going and get a reasonable answer. This inability to communicate keeps folks from visiting their loved ones, and that creates a sadder world.
The class teaches through conversations, suggestions on ways to talk with your loved ones, best ways to walk, how to connect with the staff in a facility, and of course, how to put together a life-book. It normally takes all day, includes lunch and I have connections with local bed and breakfast over-night accommodations close by in case its better as a two day class. This is a retreat with a love-purpose.
This class is only by appointment as there are many variables. This could be an all siblings retreat, a spouses retreat. Perhaps the photos have already been scanned and the class is just a few hours. It could be in combination with one of our local wineries.
This is a story book I wrote. In the support class, you will receive a copy of this book. We might read a few individual stories if that are appropriate for conversation, but this is not the type of book we will be making (just to be clear). To explain, this is not a book for the person with dementia, but rather for the family/caregivers to read and understand more about the disease. We will be making a book to promote conversation with the loved one. More like the top image shows.
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