Children face special problems in understanding and coping when a parent or grandparent, friend or neighbor, behave in ways that they do not understand. The Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan’s has set up a special Children’s Alzheimer Education Program that we’ll take a closer look at in this post.
The Children’s Education Program was developed to educate children about Alzheimer’s disease. The program stresses the importance of maintaining relationships with people who have Alzheimer’s disease and gives children the tools and advice they need to better interact with people who have been diagnosed.
The long term goal of the program is to create a generation of young people who are better educated, more compassionate and better prepared to confront the increased challenges Alzheimer’s disease will place on us personally, as a community, and as a society. Let’s take a closer look at the Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan’s education program to make children aware of Alzheimer’s and accustomed to people suffering from the disease.
The Children’s Education Program is a no-cost, in-class program for Grade Three students designed for delivery in the public and separate school systems by trained volunteers. With ties to the Social Relationships Strand of the Elementary Health Education Curriculum, each one-hour presentation includes educational materials such as interactive learning tools, activity sheets, and information that students can take home and share with their parents and family members.
Another component of the Children’s Education Program is the “Just 4 Kids” section which features facts about Alzheimer’s disease and the brain, information on how children can help someone who has Alzheimer’s disease, interactive audio books, activities, games, and puzzles.
These groups provide individuals who are experiencing early memory loss an opportunity to learn about living with Alzheimer’s disease. During the six-week program, people with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners will discuss a different aspect of Alzheimer’s disease. Topics include:
- What is Alzheimer’s Disease
- Coping with Memory Loss
- Disclosure and Communication
- Support Systems and Wellness
- Future Planning
Cost: No Charge
The “Between Ourselves” groups provide an opportunity to spend time with and talk to others who are experiencing similar difficulties.
Public Education is available to increase knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease. The presentation titled “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease” discusses the symptoms and behaviors common to the disease and how simple gifts can work wonders in Alzheimer’s patients.
We will also discuss resources available through the Alzheimer Society and other community organizations to help people cope with the considerable and far-reaching effects of Alzheimer’s disease. This presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.
People with Alzheimer’s disease require specialized care because of the unique nature of the disease. The Alzheimer Society developed the Guidelines for Care to address this. The Enhancing Care Program was developed to help implement these guidelines.
This assessment and the goal-setting process is designed specifically for long-term care facilities. A trained Alzheimer Society staff member will partner with your facility to help assess your caregiving skills and to create a forum where staff can share their ideas and expertise. All staff members learn to use tools to evaluate what they are doing well and where improvement is needed.
- Alzheimer Society staff will provide 8 – 10 hours of on-site facilitation at no charge
- Your facility must be an organizational member of the Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan
- Your facility is responsible for travel, accommodation and meal expenses for Alzheimer Society Staff and any other staffing costs associated with the program
- You must purchase an Enhancing Care Binder
Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour provides a hands-on experience that simulates what it might be like to have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a great training tool for those working in long-term care facilities, private care, and home care.
Alzheimer Society staff deliver this program with a Train the Trainer approach. Facilities must purchase their own Virtual Dementia Tour Kit from Second Wind Dreams.
The one-day training fee of $300.00 includes assistance with organizing, setting up and implementing all aspects of the Virtual Dementia Tour.
Annual Provincial Conference
Each Fall the Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan hosts a one-day conference designed to increase knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and care for professionals who are working in the field of Alzheimer care.