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(RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 1, 2020) This interactive presentation will introduce library staff to National Library of Medicine resources, enhance understanding of the public library's role in supporting families living with dementia, and present an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of disease by participating in the All of Us Research Program, a national health research project funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Participants will also learn strategies to help libraries and their staff become more supportive to people with dementia and their care partners.Learning Outcomes:• Increase library staff knowledge of, and comfort with, select medical databases of the National Library of Medicine• Increase understanding of dementia and its effects on families living with dementia• Increase recognition of concrete communication strategies and best practices for supporting people with dementia• Increase awareness of environmental changes that can make libraries more welcoming and supportive environments for people with dementia and their care partners• Learn how participation in the All of Us Research Program can improve healthcare for All of Us.Presenter BioChristine Damon (MSEd, MFCS) is a gerontologist and adult educator who has trained nationally on dementia care. Over the past five years, she has focused her efforts on community education related to dementia and other issues of significance to aging populations. Often partnering with local libraries, she has created and presented a series of dementia-related “Brain Matters” programs for older adults and caregivers which focus on disease identification as well as communication, function, and home modification support strategies. Christine has also provided Dementia Friendly training to local libraries, first responders, dental offices, local businesses, community service agencies, faith communities, senior centers, health insurance companies, and the financial services industry. She was the lead consultant for the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging’s Dementia Friendly Initiative in Lake and Kankakee counties and currently works with the Round Lake Area Public Library to create and deliver the Dementia and All of Us Research Awareness Project for Public Libraries in northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. This project is funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).
Categories: Services to Special Populations
This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
Questions? Please contact Diana Rusch.
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