May 22 session focuses on ‘Effective Communication Strategies’

    If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn about the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

     Early detection of dementia gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.

    The RiverView Care Center will be hosting free community events for those interested in learning more about dementia.

    The events will be held at RiverView Health in Crookston, in the “Minnesota Room,” formerly known as Meeting Room 4. If you’re planning on attending, use the Rehab entrance on the south side of the building.

    Meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm.

    • May 22 – Effective Communication Strategies: This session is designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

    The goals of the program are for participants to better understand the changes in communication that occur with the disease progression and how they manifest in the person with dementia, and to be able to identify ways to connect at each stage of the disease.

    • June 19 – Legal and Financial Planning: Learn about the important legal and financial decisions necessary when planning the future for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

    Topics include useful strategies, power of attorney, health care directives and conservatorship as well as an overview of medical assistance and Medicare options, laws regarding estate planning, and available assistance programs.

    The sessions will be led by Kendra Lund with the Alzheimer’s Association. Lund is a program manager with the Minnesota-North Dakota chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, out of the Fergus Falls office.  She is a licensed social worker with a BSW in social work, with a minor in sociology. Lund has over 10 years of social work experience working in a variety of settings.  In her current position, she is able to serve families and the community through educational opportunities, and individualized support and services.  

    For more information on these sessions, call Kalie Crayton, RiverView Care Center activities director and Social Services designee, at 281-9458.