I had a great conversation with a wonderful woman the other day that I just have to share with you. Because of what I do, I have a great interest and true concern for the elderly population and it isn’t just because I am not too far from being one of them (according to my children). The conversation was regarding dementia and Alzheimer’s, something that a large portion of people suffer from in different forms and levels as they age.
The woman who intrigued me so had worked with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients for twenty years and I believe by the way she spoke that she would not think of doing anything else. Frena Gray-Davidson was never trained as a medical professional, which made our conversation even more intriguing. Frena has written several books on aging and the aging process, speaks on the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia internationally and is highly recognized by the American and Canadian Alzheimer’s Associations. Frena is unique in that she speaks from her heart and not simply from medical books and studies.
Learn the language of Alzheimer’s, figure out what it means, connect with individual, understand their primary needs and work toward filling those needs is Frena’s way of helping people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Frena approaches this population with acceptance of the complete person as they are in the present, not dwindling on who they had once been and seeing them as lesser or something missing, but seeing them through their heart, which remains intact.
I would love to share more with you about Frena, but it would be better if you learned and asked your questions yourself. Will you do me a favor? If you’re not registered yet for the next Care Share, contact Kathi today (Kathi@pcalic.com). This is too important of an opportunity for you to miss.