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Lonely is not Being Alone. It's the Feeling that no one Cares.

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 25, 2022 12:41:10 PM

Sometimes we all need to be reminded of how our little part in helping a world in need can change our thinking. 

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Topics: Communication Skills Training, Loneliness and Isolation

Dementia-Friendly Reading Reduces Staff Direction

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 18, 2022 11:00:00 AM

In the world of options for quality life engagement programming, seeking activities that decrease staff direction serves many purposes:

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Topics: resident-directed activity, dementia-friendly reading, life-engagement activity

The Consequences of Uneducated Family Caregivers

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 4, 2022 3:00:00 PM

That latest research from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving is alarming. The US had 43.5 million unpaid caregivers in 2015. By 2020, that number soared to 53 million. Nearly one in five or 19% provide unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs. 

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia simulation, Communication Skills Training, Dementia Care Outreach Education, Family Caregiver Education

How Online Learning can Support Experiential Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 2, 2022 3:00:00 PM

In my last blog post, I shared a recent poll we had conducted that asked what type of training is most effective for aging service providers. Experiential training was the clear leader, followed by peer-to-peer mentoring. Online learning came in last.  We need to change our thinking about online learning!

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, workforce training, Communication Skills Training, Online Learning

What Type of Training Most Supports Skill Building?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 28, 2022 3:00:00 PM

The team here at AGE-u-cate recently ran a poll on this very question. Of the following options, including online learning, experiential training, peer-to-peer mentoring, and "other". The clear winner was experiential training, coming in at 77%, followed by peer-to-peer mentoring at 23%. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live Training, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training, experiential training

How and Why Impactful Bridge Building with Family Caregivers Opens Doors

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 7, 2022 3:00:00 PM

Caregivers are one of the most unheard and underserved groups in our society. Growing at exponential rates, they struggle with isolation, loneliness, and adverse health consequences at a much higher rate than the general population.

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Topics: The Faith Community, AGE-u-cate Training Institute, The Family Caregiver, Dementia friendly community, Leader Support, Dementia Care Outreach Education

The Exponential Effects of Kindness, Empathy, and Understanding

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 4, 2022 3:00:00 PM

For as many challenges as we've faced in the past few years, I see a movement stirring around the kindness, empathy, and understanding that I see turning the tides of many organizations' value sets. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Leader Support, Mission, Vison, Values, Senior Care Leadership

Do the RIGHT Thing for the RIGHT Reason. It's an Inside-Out Thing

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 2, 2022 3:00:00 PM

I use the term "inside-out" a lot. Maybe too much, but it goes back to my early parenting days when I'd tell my kids that beauty starts on the inside. Then it moved to creativity, integrity, happiness, and so on. I think they got the picture. 

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Topics: person-centered culture, AGE-u-cate Training Instiute, Mission, Vision, Values, Senior Care Leadership

Do You Need Help? Four Words that Show You Care

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 31, 2022 3:00:00 PM

When you read this, I have no doubt a few hands went up. Who working in Senior Care these days does not need help?

I'm not going to talk about the gravity of staffing shortages. That would be nothing new and not the point of this article. So instead, I hope that our readers pick up a few pointers that help you solve a problem.

From a leader/employee perspective, let's look at the value of the question "Do you need help?"

Last year one of our team members here at AGE-u-cate was caring for her father, who had an unexpected and sudden onset of serious health events. In addition to helping her elementary-age students while schools went virtual, the day-to-day challenges of caring for her father became overwhelming. She is a dedicated team member, passionate about our mission, and was now living it herself. She was exhausted but continued to deliver work with her available time.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Instiute, leadership challenges, Leader Support, Mission, Vison, Values

Crossing the Threshold in Dementia Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jan 28, 2022 3:00:00 PM

There are many definitions of threshold that are worth discussing before we jump to the meat of how it relates to dementia training.  

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, Direct Care Workforce Training, workforce training, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training, caregiver education, Skill Building

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