The Redwood Area Dementia Awareness Network would like to invite the public to its spring dementia event. The dementia event will be held May 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls

Returning to speak at our event is Dr. John Brose of the Associated Clinic of Psychology.

The afternoon speaker is John Gale, an ordained minister from Compassionate Care Hospice.

Dr. Brose will speak on three different topics, including “Non-Medication Approaches for Dementia,” “Increasing Behavioral Health Competence in Caregivers of Dementia Patients” and “Dementia Patients with Challenging Behavioral Health Issues.” 

Dr. Brose is a behavioral psychologist, nationally renowned as a pioneer in speaking up for people who have lost the ability to speak for themselves. Dr. Brose uses metaphors in everyday language to explain complex concepts and has lectured on this topic in 48 of 50 states. Dr. Brose has treated more than 35,000 older adults. Approximately 75 percent of them have some cognitive impairment.

Dr. Brose and his colleagues provide services to more than 175 skilled nursing facilities, and he has designed a number of dementia units. He will present innovative ways to think about people with dementia and how best to manage them and enhance their lives without psychotropic medication.

During his 10 years of working as a Hospice chaplain, Gale has provided emotional and spiritual counseling to patients and families before and after the patient has passed. His focus during his presentations is on the importance of sharing your thoughts and feelings rather than “stuffing” them.

Grief that is suppressed becomes compressed. This can make it incredibly challenging to communicate with them.

Where he has seen his greatest impact in this work, is being completely present with his patients and/or their families concerning the process of letting go. It is at this point, that he learns how he can respond effectively and compassionately to them.

Pre-registration for the event is required.

Cost is $15 for caregivers and community members and $30 for professionals, with 3 CEUs available for Dr. Brose’s presentation and a certificate of attendance for Gale’s presentation.

Morning refreshments and lunch is included in your registration.

Registration deadline is May 15.

To register send your registration fee to Karen Christensen, RADAN, Box 130, Redwood Falls, MN 56283. Make checks payable to: RADAN.

For more information on the event, call Karen Christensen, Redwood County Dementia Service coordinator at (507) 430-0838 or e-mail RADAN@aceswmn.org.