Make a Difference as an Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group Facilitator in Washington State

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ORGANIZATION: Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter

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Make a difference in the lives of people living with memory loss!

Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group Facilitator

Are you retired from healthcare and looking to do more? Are you a social worker or healthcare professional looking to make a difference in the lives of people living with memory loss?

Our Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Support Groups provide an invaluable network that people with memory loss can turn to for advice and encouragement. You can 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 an early stage memory loss support group facilitator include working or retired social workers, nurses and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, and counselors. Commitment of at least one year is required.

Be a part of our team! Contact Karen Thompson at kcthompson@alz.org



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About Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter

Location:

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

Mission Statement

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia -- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Description

Serving 47 counties in Washington and North Idaho, the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter is the premier resource in the Pacific Northwest for people impacted by Alzheimer's disease and all other dementia. Through five local offices and a network of dedicated volunteers, our Chapter offers a broad range of care and support services, education and advocacy, as well as funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Community, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Lynnwood, WA 98036

(47.81408,-122.27186)
 

SKILLS

  • Group Facilitation
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • one year

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