Friendship, Ministry and Community in a Time of Dementia
Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
John and Susan McFadden are the authors of Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). At a time when many are entering old age, the McFaddens bring clinical knowledge, pastoral experience, and a new vision to the conversation around how our society—especially faith communities—might reach out to build better relationships with those journeying through dementia and with those walking alongside them. The two give many talks in Wisconsin, other parts of the US, and internationally. They spoke at the last two meetings of Alzheimer Europe where they met people from over 40 countries working on research, policies, and practices related to creating better lives for people living with dementia.
This seminar is open to all: caregivers, chaplains, pastors, healthcare providers & those with dementia. The morning will include a lecture and discussion as well as a book sale and signing. Attendees may earn .3 CEUs.
The evening prior, on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., the McFaddens will also offer "We Are ALL Living with Dementia: Visions of Dementia-Friendly Community," a lecture which will be free and open to the public. Those who attend both the Friday evening lecture and the Saturday morning seminar may earn .5 CEUs.
Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D. retired as Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2012. She is now conducting research and evaluations for the Fox Valley Memory Project, working to create a “dementia-friendly community” in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin.
John T. McFadden, M.Div. is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ who served in parish ministry for 34 years. He retired again in July, 2011 as the first workplace chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and is currently serving as spiritual services director at Appleton Health Care Center and as a dementia advocate in Wisconsin.
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