Events

Join Caitlyn Bodine, MM, MT-BC, for this special hour of engagement through music and music-making experiences. We’ll get to know one another, sing-along, let the music move us, and share stories and memories that the music brings up. Music selections will be guided by the interests and preferences of the group. This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with your loved one in a unique way or just learn how music impacts us all.
Music Therapy is a Companion Event designed to include caregivers and their loved ones.
Join Susan Mayer, LMT, VSTLCP, for an hour of relaxation through sound meditation.
We will experience how the sound and vibration of the various instruments help the mind and body move into a state of relaxation. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit in stillness while the mind and body are soothed by the beauty of sound.
Even when words fail, sound is able to touch a place within, bringing comfort to the mind and body.
RSVP is requested, but not required.
This is a COMPANION PROGRAM for caregivers and their loved ones to experience together and a CAREGIVER WELLNESS program for caregivers to experience independently.
Please join us for a support group facilitated by one of Heritage’s memory care professionals and a familial caregiver who have a wealth of experience related to dementia care. Connect with others and find a sense of community as a dementia caregiver.
Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated.
      
Join Courtney Way, Training and Development Manager at Heritage Community, for Best Friends™:Knack. It will include a brief overview of Alzheimer’s and dementia before jumping right to how we help the person have the best quality of life possible.
People with dementia experience a range of difficult feelings, including isolation, loneliness, anxiety, fear, anger and embarrassment. Our goal as Best Friends™ care partners is always to react with calm and creativity. We learn to use the Knack to try different approaches that help to redirect the person into a better emotional place.
This is a CAREGIVER EDUCATION program presented by Heritage Community of Kalamazoo and the Memory Care Learning Center
ALZHEIMER’S IS NOT NORMAL AGING.
It is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.
Join us to learn about:
  • The impact of Alzheimer’s
  • The difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors
  • Current research and treatments available to address some symptoms
  • Alzheimer’s Association resources
This is a CAREGIVER EDUCATION program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Join Susan Mayer, LMT, VSTLCP, for 15 minute guided sessions of relaxation through sound meditation.
We will experience how the sound and vibration of the various instruments help the mind and body move into a state of relaxation. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit in stillness while the mind and body are soothed by the beauty of sound.
Please RSVP to book your 15 minute session. Attendees will be contacted upon RSVP to sign up for time slot of their choice.
This is a COMPANION PROGRAM for caregivers and their loved ones to experience together or a CAREGIVER WELLNESS program for caregivers to experience independently.
Join Susan Mayer, LMT, VSTLCP, for an hour of relaxation through sound meditation.
We will experience how the sound and vibration of the various instruments help the mind and body move into a state of relaxation. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit in stillness while the mind and body are soothed by the beauty of sound.
Even when words fail, sound is able to touch a place within, bringing comfort to the mind and body.
RSVP is requested, but not required.
This is a COMPANION PROGRAM for caregivers and their loved ones to experience together or individually.
 
APPROACH TO CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS PART II
Join Courtney Way, Training and Development Manager at Heritage Community, for the Best Friends™ approach to challenging behaviors. With the Best Friends™ approach, there will be a lot of good days. Of course, challenges inevitably arise, such as confusion, lack of judgment, personality change, and cognitive decline. This presentation will introduce the 3-step Best Friends™ approach to creatively address challenging behavior: identify triggers, use the Life Story for insight, and communicate with others to reduce challenging behaviors.
**Note — It is not necessary to have attended Part I in order to attend Part II**
HYBRID Event – Join us in person at the Memory Care Learning Center or via Zoom. Zoom details shared upon RSVP.
This is a CAREGIVER EDUCATIONAL program.
Join Caitlyn Bodine, MM, MT-BC, for this special hour of engagement through music and music-making experiences. We’ll get to know one another, sing-along, let the music move us, and share stories and memories that the music brings up. Music selections will be guided by the interests and preferences of the group. This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with your loved one in a unique way or just learn how music impacts us all.
Music Therapy is a Companion Event designed to include caregivers and their loved ones.

PROFESSIONAL EVENT

The Memory Care Learning Center in Kalamazoo offers a free one-hour professional educational event on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, titled Proactive Strategies for Behaviors Associated with Declining Cognition. This is presented by Jonathan Baker, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Chair of the Western Michigan University Department of Psychology.
The Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) can cause significant burden for caregivers, often resulting in increases in medications that can have serious side effects and interaction effects. This presentation will address the empirical evidence for non-pharmacological behavior analytic approaches that have been shown to reduce BPSD, empower caregivers, and increase the chances that someone can continue living in their current setting.
The event will be held in the auditorium of the Memory Care Learning Center located at 300 Golden Drive on the campus of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. The session will also be streamed online via Zoom.
For questions, please call 269-488-2324 or email   memorycare@heritagecommunity.com.
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