Make a Difference as an Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group Volunteer

Published

09/03/2018

Time Commitment

A few hours per month

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Tacoma
Washington
United States

Description

Join our team and make a difference in the lives of participants!

Our Early Stage Memory Loss(ESML) Support Groups provide an invaluable network that people with memory loss can turn to for advice and encouragement to help them feel socially connected and give them a sense of belonging and purpose. Support Group Volunteer Facilitators create a space for that important interaction by encouraging conversation and maintaining a positive and caring environment.

“It was an opportunity to interact with people at the same stage I was in and it helped me have a greater understanding that I’m not alone. And I don’t feel alone anymore.” ESML Program Participant

Our volunteers continuously learn and grow alongside the participants while serving a population in need of great support. “When I began leading the ESML program, I realized that I did carry a stigma based on a fear of not knowing how to interact with people with memory loss and what to expect from them,” said Melinda an ESML Walk Volunteer. “The greatest thing I’ve learned is that people with memory loss are just people. And even though they have memory loss—they’re here. They may not be able to respond to you the way people without memory loss respond, but when they give you a hug, grab your hand, look you in the eye—they’re here.”


Our Chapter trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources, and continuing education opportunities.


Individuals who are often best qualified as support group facilitators include: working or retired social workers, nurse and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, counselors, and former family caregivers. Commitment of at least one year is required

Benefits

  • Training Provided

How To Apply

Experience working with people living in the early stages of chronic illness such as dementia is preferred, but all those interested are encouraged to apply


Interested in learning more? Contact Kenna Little, Early Stage Memory Loss Program Manager

206.529.38768 or kelittle@alzwa.org.

 


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