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Dementia Communication Class Offered April 24

Snowline is hosting its next Living Well with Dementia class on Wednesday, April 24: Strategies to Address Communication Challenges.

It’s part of an ongoing series that meets every other Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Snowline Administrative office at 6520 Pleasant Valley Drive in Diamond Springs.

The class offers a straightforward and practical message of how to avoid common issues in dementia for people with memory loss. This class will assist people with mild cognitive impairment, early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other related disorders and their family and friends.

These classes are taught by Jillien Erdman, ACC, BS, CADDCT, a certified dementia trainer and care manager with Snowline’s Dementia Connection Program. The program is funded by Snowline and a cooperative grant from the Administration for Community Living’s Alzheimer and Dementia Initiative Program.

The Dementia Connection, led by Lori Scoville RN, MSN, CHPN, is in its fourth month of operation. The program is designed to raise community awareness and capability about dementia through community education, caregiver respite, support and home visit consultations to individuals and families living with effects of the many diseases causing dementia.

“I am excited to bring this curriculum to our community,” Erdman shared. “After serving people with dementia and their families for over 25 years, I am blessed to share better options for them to navigate this disorder. It is so helpful to have proven strategies to share in managing the symptoms and complications of dementia. We can provide individuals and caregivers with needed approaches to reinforce their process of living as well as they can with dementia.”

“Education and support on what to expect as a dementia caregiver has helped me so much,” says Silvia Staubli of Cameron Park, who attended a Snowline caregiver education series last winter. “The classes were very good and really fitting for my situation.”

The Dementia Connection program has already reached more than 100 professionals or community members with dementia education and served more than 30 people with dementia and their family members with education, home visits or consultations.

“I am excited to have such a powerful, no-cost program to offer our community,” says the program administrative assistant, Monica Clark.

Interested community members should call the Dementia Connection program at 530-621-7820 and/or email at dementia@snowlinehospice.org for more information.

More information about the program can be found at https://snowlinehospice.org/dementia-care/ as well as registration for any upcoming classes at https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/dementia-connection-programs-3067689

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