Libraries to provide dementia caregiver training across the county, sensory activity kits


Community Navigator Angi Polito displays the contents of Sensory Activity Kits, available at Randolph County Public Libraries, that caregivers can use with people with dementia. (Randolph County Public Library)

ASHEBORO NC (RCPL) – Caregivers of people with dementia are invited to participate in hands-on, multidisciplinary training workshops presented by the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina at three Randolph County public libraries Aug. 30-31.

Entitled “Accepting the Challenge”, the training will be offered in libraries as follows;

  • Archdale Public Library, 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 30;
  • Liberty Public Library, 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 30;
  • Asheboro Public Library, 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 31.

The sessions, led by Melanie Bunn, RN MS GNP, of the Dementia Alliance and hosted by the Library’s Community Navigators, are free and open to all caregivers and potential caregivers. No registration is required.

The 2-hour workshop is designed to help caregivers provide the best possible care and thus provide quality of life for people with dementia. Topics include general information about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; physical approaches; communication skills; offer assistance; assess cognitive levels; “Significant Days” (activities); and problematic behavior.

The “Accept the Challenge” training will be available on two sets of DVDs that can be borrowed from the library.

Also available from the library are 11 sensory activity kits for carers for use by people with dementia. The kits provide simple, hands-on experiences that keep the person’s mind active and provide the comfort of repetitive action.

All kits include reusable fidget balls and water paint cards. Kits aimed primarily at women include a pet doll and a lacing activity card, while those aimed at men include a busy work board and “Plumber Pals” pipes.

Each bundle also includes three books for caregivers: Put your mask on firsta self-care book; Care 101: Activities for the Family Caregiver; and Caregiving 101: Fun Activity Book. The kits will be available in each library, on the mobile library and through the extension services department.

The Dementia Care Project was developed by Community Navigator Angi Polito and funded by a Bright Ideas grant from the State Library of North Carolina.

The grant is made possible by funding from the Federal Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-252476-OLS-21).

For more information, call Community Navigators at 336-318-6825 or email them at [email protected]

Source: News Release – Randolph County Public Library

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