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Interpreted workshop for Deaf Caregivers 8/11/16 – DFW

caregiverInterpreted workshop for Deaf Caregivers 8/11/16 – DFW

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO DEAF CAREGIVERS

Free Half-Day Workshop for Caregivers!

The ALZ.org of Tarrant County has added very good American Sign Language interpreting setup (Fisher Interpreting Services) to this half-day workshop, “Creating Moments of Joy”.

“Creating Moments of Joy” is a very good book with many examples about caring for someone with dementia or other memory issues. The author, Jolene Brackey,will be there to talk about ways of having many positive experience with your parent, spouses, and loved ones.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Light breakfast provided)

New River Fellowship Church Hudson Oaks
3252 1-20 Frontage Road
Hudson Oaks, Texas 76087
(Hudson Oaks is just east of Weatherford.The church is right off I-20)

Brochure:

http://www.alz.org/documents/northcentraltexas/ALZ_Caregiver_SouthlakeHudsonOaks_Summer16_R3.pdf

More information or To register FREE:

http://www.alz.org/northcentraltexas/in_my_community_101512.asp

Loved Ones Lounge – FREE
You can bring your parent, spouse, loved one to this place and there will be some activities, snacks, and music for them to enjoy.
Lisa Buck will take care of them while you attend the workshop.
RSVP [email protected] or 817 336 4949

ONE CAREGIVER’S COMMENT

No one asked me to write my commentary and from my own decision I share with those who also commit to supporting their loved ones and yet receiving little or no support from families, friends, medical professionals and the community. Those who do receive a lot of support, you’re so lucky.

I persisted in staying within my caregiving role because in the past I found this quote to be very true:

“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr)
This is also true with grandparents and great-parents that I was fortunate to know.

“Creating Moments of Joy” was the title I read on a flyer about the upcoming workshop and at first it didn’t appeal to me enough to drive some distance to that place.Then somehow the brochure on this workshop landed on me. Went online and learned more about the presenter and her book. Found some online book excerpts showing real life examples that can help me include more “fun moments” to my caregiving role. Went and signed up.

Now I’m reading my own copy of “Creating Moments of Joy” and I see in this book a collection of many more ideas and real-life examples that I can really use.

Additionally I’m looking forward to this workshop because this author places emphasis on and also because from many years as a college professor, I often remind myself and many of my students of this:

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” (Many sources of the quote-Internet)

I feel privileged to care for my father and include this quote into my role as his caregiver. I do want to continue creating more happy moments for both of us. Yes, it does get tough at times but I do believe being a caregiver doesn’t have to be “all work and no play”.

I’m now excited to learn from the author and sharing with other caregivers at this workshop.

Hey, Free Adult Care Available!

From my experience of attending past caregiver events that provide a very supportive “adult care” for the loved ones has been helpful in my feeling that while I’m learning new things, my loved one is nearby and socializing with others and knowing the staff are experienced in caring for those with memory issues. This works for me better than setting up someone to sit with my loved one at a home in a very limited setting.

This workshop that I’ve decided to attend in Hudson Oaks provides a free program for loved ones and I know my father will like this because we get to go together and he will feel safe in being able to socialize and have fun knowing that he will return home with me afterwards.

Submitted by
Carolyn Stem, Deaf Caregiver
Email: [email protected]

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