From the Parish Nurse & Senior Minisitries
Dear Friends and Family,
Recently People’s Church held several trainings for staff and interested members about how to be hospitable and helpful to people with memory concerns who come to us for worship, programs or Wednesday Night Supper. The information was so good – and yet so common sense – that I thought I could repeat the message for you all to read about here in the LINK.
Anne Dellemann, on behalf of the Dementia Friendly Initiative, shared these communication tips with us:
- Make eye contact with the person
- Be kind in your interaction
- Speak clearly as it helps the person to hear and to understanding your words
- Use gestures to cue the listener
- A pleasant facial expression can be worth a thousand words
- Re-phrase what you said if the person looks confused
- Be patient/give time for the person to process what you have said
- Reassure the person that things are okay
Like I said, these behaviors are simple and common sense. And can’t you just picture Jesus encountering an elder who appeared confused? We can imagine that Jesus, the teacher and healer, would be meeting the needs of this elder with these suggested behaviors.
Look for the purple Dementia Friendly logo on the church’s front door. You will notice it in businesses in Oregon, as well.
Bless your hearts with an abundance of warm memories,
Susan Payne, People’s Parish Nurse
March 6th is just around the corner… the First Monday Gathering would love to have you share a potluck meal with us at 11:00 and then hear our speaker, Allison Lindsey, talk and show slides about her semester in Italy at noon, as she completes her studies in Dietetics and Global Health. She will also give us the scoop on the Mediterranean Diet in the lands of Italy and Greece!
We still have room for more people to attend the Smart Driver Course sponsored by AARP.
This class features classroom instruction with all the driving updates we need for staying smart and safe.
Date: Thursday, March 9th
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Place: People’s Church in the Fireplace Room
Cost: $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members
Contact: Pre-register with Susan at 835-3755, ext. 24
No tests to pass and prayers are complimentary!