Living well with a dementia diagnosis is possible. With the rate of diagnosis increasing dramatically in the state of Ohio and across the country, reducing stigma, addressing myth and misinformation, and supporting individual purpose and community participation is the work of all of us in libraries and beyond. Dementia Friends for Libraries participants will learn what role they can play in this effort—by understanding better what dementia is (and what it isn’t) and how flexible, responsive strategies and dementia-inclusive community partnerships can ensure the abundant life for all.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able:
To share with customers and community members the impact of dementia on brain health, memory, and cognitive processing.
To compare the early signs of dementia with those of typical aging.
To implement communication and environmental strategies for continuing to engage those living with a dementia diagnosis, and their care partners, in a life of purpose and participation.
To evaluate current practice, and build community partnerships, through a dementia inclusive lens.
Barb White, retired after 31 years of service with the Akron-Summit County Public Library (in early childhood and adult services and in public services administration), continues her commitment to Dementia Inclusive communities as a Dementia Friends Champion, founding member of Dementia Friendly Summit County (OH), and Education and Programming Committee Chair with Dementia Action Alliance. Barb has shared strategies for Dementia Inclusive library practice on a statewide and national level, and brings Dementia Friends workshops to organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies across multiple community sectors in Summit County and beyond. Most recently, Barb co-authored (with Jennifer Brush and Margaret Jarrell) The Dementia Inclusive Public Library Guide, a publication of the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health.