While dementia means having to accept what’s lost, my job is to help you focus awareness on what’s left. By sharing what I know about dementia and dementia caregiving I help you explore new ways of understanding and connecting with your loved one so you can improve the quality of life for everyone involved.
Having cared for my mother who lived thirteen years with dementia and then working in various hospices for twenty years helping dementia patients enjoy the last part of their lives, and finally training for four years with dementia expert and national advocate Teepa Snow as a Certified Independent Positive Approach to Care (PAC®)Trainer and a Certified Independent PAC® Consultant, I offer these services in Santa Fe, NM. and on zoom:
- 1-to-1 dementia care consultations (virtual or in person) in Santa Fe,
- Accredited experiential training (virtual or live) PAC®workshops in dementia care and skills to groups of professionals,
- Care support classes designed by Teepa Snow and the PAC® organization to families eager to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia and for those who care for them.
- A Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group, The Gloaming, which I co-facilitate bi-monthly in El Dorado, New Mexico, with Dr. Kitty Fallon.
THREE CHOICES TO IMPROVE DEMENTIA CARE
1. FAMILY CLASSES: NEVER ALONE–DEMENTIA 101 on ZOOM
2. WORKSHOPS FOR PROFESSIONALS AND FAMILIES
As a PAC® Certified Independent Trainer, I offer experiential workshops designed by world-renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow to help family care partners, people living with dementia, professional caregivers, and emergency medical service employees improve the skills they use to approach, connect and communicate with people living with brain change.
WORKSHOP LISTINGS 2019-2022 :
- What is Normal vs. NOT-Normal Aging?
- Seeing Dementia From the Other Side
- Understanding The Progression– the GEMS
- Working with 5 Unmet Needs
- Using Senses to Understand and Communicate
- Starting the Conversation
- Practical hands-on skills and When to Use Them
- Securing Your Person’s Environment
- The Six Pieces of The Puzzle– Problem Solving
- Self-Care in Tough Times–the 5 Senses
- Deciding The Next Move
- When It Is Time to Let Go
3. FOR FAMILIES NEEDING ANSWERS
My goal as a PAC®Certified Independent Consultant is to help you figure out what you need to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it at the right time. We’ll start with an initial free 30-minute phone conversation to learn a bit about each other and if we decide we can work together, I’ll help you create a written assessment of where you are on the journey: what’s working well for you, what’s not working so well, and what skills you might need to learn next. When needed, I can help you and your loved ones through difficult transitions.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“There is no group Laura can’t reach. She knows how to teach to a large crowd and to smaller groups in hands-on workshops as well as in private one-on-one encounters. She is a master at organizing, presenting complicated ideas, and creating compelling Power Points.” TD, Santa Fe
“Laura was fearless, clear and helpful. She opened a lot of doors I couldn’t even see.”
“There is no group Laura can’t reach. She knows how to teach to a large crowd and to smaller groups in hands-on workshops as well as in private one-on-one encounters. ” FR, Oregon
NOTE: My talk on the difference between Normal Aging and Not-Normal Aging will also be presented on May 26th, 2022. Contact me below for more information.
- I trained administrators at the Santa Fe County Community Services in March 4, 2022,
- I told the story of how I came to view dementia care at The Celebration in Santa Fe, on March 10
- Thanks to Denys Cope of Santa Fe Doorways, I presented a lecture/discussion/
Q and A session about how to improve your dementia care skills. (Feb. 10, 2022)
- I presented an hour-long talk on the effects of dementia on the five senses at the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Association Conference on Dementia in March2022.
For Laura’s story of how she acquired her dementia awareness and knowledge, why she loves working with people living with dementia, and her credentials as a Certified Independent Positive Approach to Care trainer and consultant, go here.
–With thanks for this recording to THE CELEBRATION of Santa Fe,NM
To see an interview with Laura about her work in dementia care, go here.
TO CONTACT LAURA
REMEMBER ME, a novel published by Henry Holt in 1998 and by Picador and Piatkus in 2000, is based on my attempts to understand and accept the challenges of my mother’s dementia. Although it was written years before I took formal training in dementia care, it was a Barnes & Nobel Discover New Writers selection and a critically acclaimed finalist for the Dublin Award and the Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award.
STYGO won the 1994 Colorado Book Award for best design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award for First Fiction, the Mountains and Plains Regional Bookseller’s Award, and was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award.
STYGO is a collection of interlocked stories about people trapped in a dying company town in Colorado. Initially published by MacMurray and Beck in 1994, it was re-issued by Simon and Schuster in 1996, and by McAdams/Cage in 2000.
PAC Certified Independent Trainers and Consultants are not employees of Positive Approach, LLC. Opinions and views expressed by Laura Hendrie, LLC do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Positive Approach, LLC or its employees. Positive Approach, LLC is not liable for any actions by PAC Certified Independent Trainers or Consultants.