Dementia is a term for several diseases that affect memory, thinking, and how someone performs daily tasks that gets worse over time and affects many adults.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, about a quarter of all Canadians aged 85 and older have been diagnosed with dementia. This includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This month, we would like to highlight the work of two of our members, Community Living Society (CLS) and Aspire Richmond. They are co-hosting training on how to better support adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia. The Dementia Capable Support of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia training is being provided by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG).
As a federation working together to build awareness, advance rights, and inspire action for a world where everybody belongs, our members make a real difference and add to our collective voice to call for change and advocate for inclusive communities across BC.
This training helps support staff learn how to take better care of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in disability-related health care and aging-related agencies. The goal is to help them better understand dementia and how it affects people with disabilities. They will also learn how to provide services for people with dementia and create a supportive environment for them.
In hosting these workshops, CLS and Aspire Richmond are making a real difference in the community by providing key information for those that work directly with people that would otherwise not be receiving the care they need. Training like this has the potential to save lives, improve standards of living, and inform more intentional care for people to receive the support needed to live the rest of their lives to the fullest.
People who take the training will have two different options for workshops;
- A two-day basic workshop that provides basic training for providing dementia-capable support on September 12-13, 2023 at a cost of $300, or
- A three-day “provincial trainer” workshop for those who will take a leadership role in developing dementia-capable supports in their region and want to become an “NTG-Canada Affiliated Trainer” on September 12-14, 2023 for $500.
This training is one of many ways that our members support people to thrive in their communities. Visit their websites to find out more about their work, and how you can get involved.
Please note that registration is now full for both workshops.
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