MANKATO – Christine Nessler, Owner and Business Relations Manager for Freedom Home Care recently completed a Dementia training and has become a Dementia Friend Champion through Dementia Friends Minnesota, an ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative. The training was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Mankato on November 7, 2016.
Dementia Friends Champions are trained to facilitate a one-hour Dementia Friends session with friends, family, colleagues and the wider community. 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.
Nessler, who has been on the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee since it’s inception in July 2014, has also been trained to do other community presentations that encourage understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias. These presentations include The Basics (of Alzheimer’s Disease), Know the 10 Signs (of Alzheimer’s Diesease), and Dementia Friends @ Work.
“What’s so great about the Dementia Friends program is that it provides easy to understand information in a short, one-hour presentation,” said Nessler. “Then the participants are asked to take that understanding and turn it into a small action they can do to make a difference for those who are living with the disease.”
Nessler, who has been doing presentations for the ACT on Alzheimer’s Committee has seen great results with the Dementia Friends program because of the actions her participants have committed to to make their community more Dementia-Friendly.
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. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, every person can make a difference for people touched by dementia.