Event Date: Nov 6, 2013 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
Presented by: Betty Andersen, M.A. Counselling Psychology & Tim Jordens, Son & Caregiver
Hosted by: CDRAKE and ASC
Given that "Grief is the constant yet hidden companion of Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias" (Ken Doka, 2004), health-care providers and Alzheimer Society staff and volunteers who intentionally acknowledge and invite the carer to explore grief create a most powerful intervention indeed.
Grieving the psychological changes of the person with dementia can be especially challenging for carers. Grieving for the person who is so changed by dementia, yet still alive, adds significantly to the stresses of caregiving.
In this webinar, Betty Andersen reviews the many aspects of grief, including the universal and necessary response to any personally significant loss, during the early, middle and late stages of dementia; discusses Ambiguous Loss and Grief; underlines the importance to family carers of having supportive opportunities to name, explore, understand and express their grief all along the dementia journey and reviews some possibilities to fine-tune our capacity to be better able to support the grieving carer.