Summary: To facilitate an Alzheimer’s Association affiliated support group for care partners who are impacted by young/early-onset memory loss.
Qualifications: Motivated, resourceful and dependable (ability to commit to at least one year) Positive and encouraging attitude and willingness to learn about others Good interpersonal communication skills Respectful of cultural diversity and possess the ability to relate to individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds Open-minded Recognize and respond appropriately to requests Empathy for individuals and care givers Ability to complete required Support Group Facilitator Training.
Individual will need or develop: Experienced with and sufficient knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Familiarity with association and community disease-related resources, programs, and events. Familiarity with issues that uniquely impact young/early-onset care partners. Be comfortable with medical terms and healthcare issues. Awareness of community dementia related resources and events. Complete/pass a phone screen to determine if Support Group facilitation is a good fit. Clear a background check prior to beginning with a Support Group
Responsibilities: Work collaboratively with the Senior Program Manager. Begin each meeting with a welcome to new members, introductions and discussion of ground rules and meeting purpose. Create a safe atmosphere. Develop meeting time/schedule and ground rules. Follow participant eligibility requirements as outlined by the Association’s Support Group Facilitator Training. Educate and refer participants to the Association’s programs and services including Information Helpline, Care Consultation, Safe Return and Family Education (NOTE: If a health care professional, does not refer to their own programs/services OR provide any related materials). Notify the Sr. Program Manager if there will be a change in group leadership, date/time, location, or decision to continue your group. Complete necessary group attendance paperwork and return to Senior Program Manager on a monthly basis.
About Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota
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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.
The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota has been providing services, information, and advocacy for over 30 years to people with dementia, their families and health care providers. This Chapter is one of seven founding chapters of the National Alzheimer's Association, headquartered in Chicago. It was started by family caregivers who came together around a common need of getting support and help for their loved ones with dementia. Since 1979, our donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.