During World Alzheimer’s Month in September, a new training and certification program in advanced dementia care is launched by the University of Guam School of Health to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
In addition, virtual presentations will be conducted this month by Guam’s public guardian, attorney Marcelene Santos, and local writer and genealogist Jillette Torre Leon-Guerrero.
Santos will hold a presentation titled “Legal Issues for the Elderly” from 6-8 p.m. on September 14 and 10 a.m.-noon on September 17.
The presentation will cover guardianship as well as documents on Powers of Attorney, Revocable Living Trusts, Advance Health Care Directives and Living Wills.
On September 28 and October 1, Leon-Guerrero will present “Reminiscence Therapy and Writing Life Stories”.
This program will teach family caregivers how to conduct reminiscence therapy with older adults and people with dementia, and give them the opportunity to participate in memoir writing to preserve memories and promote positive mental health.
The training and certification program begins on Wednesday and consists of six modules that must be completed to receive program certification. They are:
- Create a connection with the person
- Eat well
- Recognize the pain
- Minimize falls
- Rethink wandering
- Minimize and eliminate restraints
The first two will take place in September.
The first module will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 7 and from 10 a.m. to noon on September 10.
The second module will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 21 and from 10 a.m. to noon on September 24.
Training sessions and presentations will be hosted virtually using Zoom.
Participants who complete the certification training program will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for CARES Dementia Certification.
Dementia Support Group sessions are held remotely on Zoom every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning year-round.
Sessions are free for partners, family members and other caregivers of people with dementia who have ties to Guam and the Micronesian region.