Dementia Experience events offer insight into growing disease

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MANKATO – Freedom Home Care and Monarch Health Care Management are partnering to provide a Dementia experience for community members on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center at 714 Southbend Avenue in Mankato, Minnesota. This event will kick-off a series of events to be held on the third Tuesday of each month.
 

The experience will begin with a Virtual Dementia Tour from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Next there will be a Dementia Friends Presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The evening will then wrap up with another opportunity for participants to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Participants need to register in advance to ensure a space in the Virtual Dementia Tour. Individual tours last 15 minutes.
 

The Virtual Dementia Tour is an evidence based, scientific approach that helps people build a better understanding of what dementia is. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use the experience to provide better person-centered care.
 

“The facts about dementia are staggering,” said participants JoAnn and Terry Alfson. “The dementia tour helped us to experience the reality of having dementia first hand. We experienced a change in our perspective and expectations, we learned what we are really powerless over and opened our hearts to more compassion. It was a huge eye opener to the reality of dementia. We are grateful for the opportunity of the experience.”
 

The second part of the Dementia experience is a one-hour Dementia Friends presentation by Christine Nessler, co-owner and Business Relations Manager for Freedom Home Care. Nessler is a Dementia Friend Champion through Dementia Friends Minnesota, an ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative and has been doing these presentations as a part of the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee. Dementia Friends was developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom as a way to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. The Dementia Friends Initiative is now underway in Minnesota. The goal of the Dementia Friends Session is to help community members understand dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.
 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Sadly, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds.
 

Community members should register for this event with Christine Nessler at Freedom Home Care at 507.387.4663 or cnessler@freedomhomecarellc.com. Virtual Dementia tours will be scheduled in 15 minute time slots from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
 

The next Dementia Experience event is scheduled for the same times on May 16, 2017 at Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center in Mankato.
 

Learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour.
 

Learn more about Monarch Health Care Management.
 

Learn more about Freedom Home Care, LLC or call 507.387.HOME (4663).

April 03, 2017

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