A program designed to improve the quality of life for persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia, reduce caregiver stress, and inspire a hopeful attitude will come to Lexington from 6-9 p.m. on May 29.
In “Meeting the Mystery of Alzheimer’s: Hope, Inspiration & Healing,” participants will learn creative, effective methods for communicating and connecting with and caring for persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The program is open to family and professional caregiver. It is open to the public and free of charge.
The Rev. Dr. Jade Angelica presents the program. She is the author of Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer’s Disease and Meeting Alzheimer’s: Companionship on the Journey.
Her professional biography on her website states that Alzheimer’s Disease runs in Jade’s family. Both her maternal aunts had it, and her mother, who was diagnosed in 2001, died from Alzheimer’s in 2011. As her Mom’s condition progressed, she knew that caring for her would be the most important work of her life.
However, the opportunity for her to move from Boston to Iowa, where her Mom lived, did not happen until 2007.
While Jade was waiting to be with her, she honored her Mom and what she was enduring by studying about Alzheimer’s and identifying unique ways to communicate, connect and enhance relationships with people who have dementia. Jade ultimately created Healing Moments™.
Jade’s education and training include a B.A. in Psychology from Clarke University, an M.Div. from Harvard University, a Certificate from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, a Doctor of Ministry in Faith, Health, and Spirituality from Andover Newton Theological School, and a Diploma from Improv Boston University that deems her “Perfectly OK not knowing what in the world is going on!” she jokes on her website.
In addition to designing and leading workshops, services, and educational programs for Healing Moments™, she is a spiritual director specializing in distance spiritual direction for persons of all faiths who are seeking meaning and purpose, including persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Jade’s books have been well reviewed by professionals in both religious and scientific communities.
This program, which will b held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Madison County, 1081 Willis Branch Road, is offered by Healing Moments™ Alzheimer’s/Dementia Education, Advocacy & Ministry. The Rev. Esther Hurlburt is bringing this program to Central Kentucky in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana and The Ridge Behavioral Health System.
For more information, contact Esther Hurlburt at 859-967-3551.