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Best Friends Workshop for Memory Care

Mennonite Village offers a six-course (two-day) seminar to provide practical, useful information on the care and interactions with someone who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and/or related dementia.

"This speaker was informative, humorous and engaging – awesome!"

About Mary Scott

Mary Scott, Mennonite Village

Mary Scott currently works at the Mennonite Village in Albany as Administrator for Lydia's House Alzheimer's Care Community as well as the Mennonite Village In-Home Care Department and Mary's Place Adult Foster Care.

Mary has a strong passion for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias and has worked with this special population for the last 19 years. She helped create and run two state-of-the-art Memory Care communities, with an emphasis on the least restrictive environment. She is a Master Trainer for the Best Friends Approach.

Physicians, caregiving experts and regulatory agencies all agree: the personalized approach to caring for individuals with dementia always works best. But it is also true that caring for this special population requires lifelong learning and a willingness to practice and share techniques, tips and stories with others who work in this challenging field.

In this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to do just that as they learn, review and practice the "Best Friends" approach to dementia care, based on the book by Virginia Bell and David Troxel. This program is a great refresher for veterans who work in memory/dementia care as well as newcomers to the field. The interactive program is ideal for your direct care workers, who will have the opportunity to learn and share with their peers from other organizations. Communications and activity strategies and ideas will be shared.

Offers a comprehensive, person-centered, non-medical model of care that is easy to learn and understand.

  • Explains the difference about "normal" and "not normal" aging.
  • Transforms caregiving from a terrible burden to care that is manageable
  • Describes the experience of having dementia
  • Teaches caregivers how to assess an individual's strengths and weaknesses
  • Discusses the importance of the person's life story
  • Introduces the "knack" of caregiving and a number of "do's and don'ts."

This workshop is beneficial for family members, home care providers, facility caregivers, state workers, respite workers, social workers, and anyone who has experienced the effects of Alzheimer's disease in their lives.

Part 1 Part 2

Wednesday, October 21
3:30 to 9:00 PM

Mennonite Village Chapel
5353 Columbus St. SE
Albany OR 97322-7136

Bring your own dinner

Wednesday, October 28
3:00 to 9:00 PM

Mennonite Village Chapel
5353 Columbus St. SE
Albany OR 97322-7136

Bring your own lunch

All six sessions (two days) are required for certification.

The cost is $40 per individual or $150 per facility. Mennonite Village employees may attend at no cost.

Pre-registration is encouraged, as class size is limited. Complete our online form (below) or contact Mary Scott, 541-928-7232 ext. 407.

Online Registration
Complete the following online form. Bring your payment to first day of class.
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Mary Scott, Instructor
Mennonite Village Chapel
5353 Columbus St. SE
Albany, Oregon
541-928-7232 Ext. 407
541-704-4297 Direct
541-917-1392 Fax

Mennonite Village is a tobacco-free community.
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