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Dementia: Learning, Living, Caring

August 15, 2019 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until August 22, 2019

| Recurring event (See all)

The Foley Room at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center

1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

$10 – $25

Open for registration.

Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.  Although dementia mainly affects older people it is not a normal part of aging.  Learn about dementia in this three session series.  Awareness and advocacy is the key.

Session #1 – Dementia 101 (Thursday, August 8, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT))
You are noticing changes.  You or someone you love is becoming more forgetful.  Is it dementia?  Is it normal aging?  Gain awareness and basic understanding about the disease and its resulting stigmatization, barriers to diagnosis and care, and impacts on caregivers, families and communities.

Session #2 – Dementia:  Approach is Everything (Thursday, August 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT))
Learn creative approaches, skills and strategies for ensuring the comfort, safety and well-being of persons living with dementia and their caregivers.  Best practices in the delivery of care for persons living with dementia will be explored along with practical tips and opportunities for discussion.

Session #3 – Dementia – Related Caregiver Support (Thursday, August 22, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT))
God gave burdens, but he also gave shoulders.” – Yiddish Proverb.  Caring for loved ones living with dementia is an honor and a privilege.  But for many it is also wrought with overwhelming grief and isolation.  Dementia is overwhelming not only for those experiencing it, but also for their caregivers and families.  This is an opportunity for caregivers to share their stories, ask questions and receive support from others traveling a similar journey.

$10 per session or $25 for all three sessions.

For more information

Contact Providence Spirituality & Conference Center at 812-535-2952 or

Facilitated by

Elizabeth Collins, BSN, MA

Elizabeth is a registered nurse and serves as the Clinical Care Coordinator for the Sisters of Providence. She has worked in multiple care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, home health and hospice, with specialty education in Ethics, Advance Care Planning, and End of Life Care. She and her husband, Dr. Richard Collins, live in Terre Haute and have five children.

Katie Harich, MA, CPC

Katie Harich, MA, CPC, is the Well-Being Coordinator for the Sisters of Providence. She is a licensed Wellness Educator, a Dementia Education Trainer, and a Certified Professional Life Coach. Katie's passion is working with people to effectively navigate life challenges and to maximize joy while aging with grace through meaningful engagement, gratitude, humor and contemplative reflection.

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