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For Your HealthYour Opinion Needed! New Project to Create Resources to Help Persons with DementiaBY KARLA FALES, CEO CareWell Services SWYour opinion is needed on Sep- tember 25 to help develop resources for those impacted by dementia in our community. Miles for Memories and CareWell Services,in partnership with Michigan State Uni- versity, are launching a workshop to gather input and to provide knowledge and information to caregivers, persons with dementia, and service professionals in the community. The goal of the work- shop is to test tools that can help enhance the coping strategies for people with cog- nitive decline, as well as caregivers. The workshop also focuses on improving the competency of care professionals assist- ing with the care of those living with de- mentia. The workshop on September 25 will last approximately 75 minutes.To help launch this project, up to 75 people are needed to participate in a workshop presented by the project part- ners. Participants are needed from three specific groups: (1) persons experiencing cognitive decline or living with dementia; (2) caregivers; and (3) care professionals.On September 25 at noon at the Kool Family Community Center participants will engage in a brief introduction to the project followed by a survey. MSU’s Dr. Sun shares, “Following the survey, half of the participants will remain to engage in a discussion about strength-based perspec- tives of dementia, as well as risk factors for abuse and neglect of individuals with dementia.” Everyone who attends the session on September 25, whether they participate in the discussion or not will receive a $15 gift card for their time and sharing of their opinions on the project components.CareWell Services CEO Karla Fales is excited about this project, “Being able to directly participate in designing new in- terventions is great, but we know the best way to do this is to ask those that would use the products being created.” Miles for Memories and CareWell Services have worked with Dr. Sun and his team previ- ously to help shape resources for persons caring for individuals living with cogni- tive impairment or dementia.Sherii Sherban, of the Miles for Mem- ories leadership team for this communityinitiative, shares, “We look forward to hearing the opinions of those in our com- munity. We need at least 60 people, but would love to have more. Miles for Mem- ories has already distributed over 600 of the personal I.D. bracelets in the coun- ty to those impacted by dementia. The effect will only continue to increase and we need your input to help make a differ- ence now right here at home.”The project is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Ser- vices under a grant focusing on reducing the risk factors for elder abuse, exploita- tion, and neglect. The research lead part- ner is Dr. Fei Sun, Associate Professor at the School of social work at Michigan State University. Dr. Sun has conducted extensive research focusing on quality of life and prevention of elder abuse among individuals living with dementia. As a re- sult of this effort, new resources and tools will be developed and made available to be used by professionals and caregivers who serve in important supportive care roles for persons with dementia.Additional information will be avail- able at the Miles for Memories Com- munity Stroll Celebration in downtown Battle Creek on September 15 starting at 10am.To call to register to participate in the September 25 workshop, contact Care- Well Services at (269) 966-2450. Sign up... because your opinion matters!PROMOTINGHEALTH  INDEPENDENCE  CHOICE• Information & Referral/Assistance• Medicare/Medicaid & Assistance Program – MMAP• MI Choice Medicaid Waiver regarding Long Term Supports and Services for Home and Community Based Services• Assistance With Housing OptionsResource Line 1-800-626-6719• Case/Care Management• Personal Emergency ResponseSystem – PERS• Options Counseling/Person Centered Counseling• Senior Project Fresh/Market FreshProduce Vouchers• Elder Abuse Prevention/EducationMain Office (269) 966-2450200 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 102 • Battle Creek, MI 49017 • www.carewellservicessw.orgHEALTH ISSUE I SCENE 4309 11

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