Getting to Know Your Life Story

Speaker(s): Kathy Laurenhue, M.A.

There is an African proverb that says, “When an old person dies, a library burns.” Caregivers are aware that it is important to know the individuals they care for, not just their diseases and disabilities. But how do they learn their stories, especially if they have dementia? Furthermore, how do caregivers build a two-way relationship so they are not just caring for those individuals, but so both parties—caregivers and care recipients—care about each other?

This interactive seminar promises creative answers and engaging activities that professional caregivers can use to build stronger relationships with their care recipients. Plus, family members will learn ways to reinvigorate interactions with older adults. Useful in both group settings and one-on-one situations, featured activities include printed exercises and interactive games that draw out stories and values through proverbs, memories of customs and celebrations, life lessons, character traits and much more, all with an emphasis on nurturing each person’s sense of humor. 


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Seminar length:  2 hours–1 day

Number of participants: 15–200

Who will benefit from this seminar:  activity directors and direct care staff at adult day centers and long-term care communities; family caregivers

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Are you an activity director who wants to teach these strategies to others? This seminar can also be given in a train-the-trainer format.