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Alzheimer's Association Washington and N. Idaho

Support Group

Join our team and make a difference in the lives of people living with memory loss!

Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group Facilitator

Our Early Stage Memory Loss(ESML) Support Groups provide an invaluable network that people with memory loss can turn to for advice and encouragement to help them feel socially connected and give them a sense of belonging and purpose. Support Group Volunteer Facilitators create a space for that important interaction by encouraging conversation and maintaining a positive and caring environment.

"It was an opportunity to interact with people at the same stage I was in and it helped me have a greater understanding that I’m not alone. And I don’t feel alone anymore." ESML Program Participant

Our volunteers continuously learn and grow alongside the participants while serving a population in need of great support. "When I began leading the ESML program, I realized that I did carry a stigma based on a fear of not knowing how to interact with people with memory loss and what to expect from them," said Melinda an ESML Walk Volunteer. "The greatest thing I’ve learned is that people with memory loss are just people. And even though they have memory loss-they’re here. They may not be able to respond to you the way people without memory loss respond, but when they give you a hug, grab your hand, look you in the eye-they’re here."

We provide training and opportunities for growth.
Our Chapter trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources, and continuing education opportunities.

Individuals who are often best qualified as support group facilitators include: working or retired social workers, nurse and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, counselors, and former family caregivers. Commitment of at least one year is required

Be a part of the team! To apply, visit our website:
https://volunteer.alz.org/volunteeropportunities/becominghttps://volunteer.alz.org/volunteeropportunities/volunteer-opportunity-details/sg-detail

Questions? Contact Karen Thompson at kcthompson@alz.org



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About Alzheimer's Association Washington and N. Idaho

Location:

19031 33rd ave W, Suite 301, Lynnwood, WA 98036, US

Mission Statement

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Description

The Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Washington State in 1978. It was started by family caregivers who came together around a common need of getting support and help for their loved ones with dementia. This Chapter was one of seven founding chapters of the National Alzheimer's Association, headquartered in Chicago. Today this Chapter serves individuals living with Alzheimer's disease (and related dementias), their families, health care professionals and administrators, and the general public throughout Washington State and Northern Idaho.

Community
Health & Medicine
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Group Facilitation
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • one year

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