What’s it really like to live with dementia? To cope with the anxiety, embarrassment, feelings of loss and hopeless that can so often accompany the progression of dementia. There are far too many caregivers today who are struggling with truly understanding the depths of living with cognitive decline and sensory changes. Instead caregivers try to cope with what’s on the surface. Transformation takes place when caregivers change how they think, feel and act!
What impactful changes could be made if caregivers were able to move into their world… for just a short time and really experience the feelings that they do – the frustrations of doing simple every tasks. How might that change our level of empathy? How might that empower us to do a better job of communicating? What if we were transformed to be able to care for someone in a whole new way?
I don’t often use our blog platform to share all the exciting things that we have going on at AGE-u-cate Training Institute, but I have to share that we are gearing up to help thousands more caregivers in 2018. Our transformational Dementia Live® experience changes how caregivers feel about dementia, because they experience it for themselves. It changes how caregivers think about the person they are caring for, because they are much more empathetic and understanding of their day to day challenges. And finally, it changes caregivers actions, because they they leave this experience being empowered with tools to make changes immediately in how they communicate and care for others.
Dementia Live’s explosive worldwide growth bears witness to the urgent need to equip professional and family caregivers with tools to improve care. Because this is such a hands-on approach to education and training, participants retain the knowledge they’ve gained. For care providers, and organizations who serve older adults and caregivers Dementia Live is hands-down one of the most effective, feasible and affordable training programs available today and a powerful foundational training program for other person-centered care programs and practices.
We’re gearing up to help more caregivers in 2018 with transformational education and training… and hope you will join us in our mission!
Pam Brandon is President/Founder of AGE-u-cate® Training Institute and the creator of the Dementia Live® simulation experience and training program.