Five million people in the United States are living with dementia, and it is the sixth leading cause of death. The Living with Dementia workshop is for people who have dementia, their care partners, and anyone else whose life is affected by dementia. Members of congregations' Pastoral Care teams are especially encouraged to attend. Learn the signs and stages of dementia, how best to interact with people with dementia, and how to make your congregation dementia-friendly. Open sharing, small group work, and role plays will be part of the workshop. Come and help erase the stigma of dementia. Admission to this workshop is $20/person or $10/person for East Shore Unitarian Church Members.
The Rev. Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley have been living with dementia since Sky’s diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease in the summer of 2016. They are traveling the country leading worship services and workshops in order to facilitate greater understanding of dementia, and have a blog: alzheimerscanyon.blogspot.com. Jane is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, and Sky is a retired family mediator. Since their retirement, they have traveled extensively and done volunteer work, primarily in New Orleans. They now live in Burlington, VT with their son, Sayer, and his partner Emma. Their daughter, Dana, lives nearby in Montpelier, VT. As a family, they enjoy travel, disc golf, playing interesting board games, and having fun in and on Lake Champlain.