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U-First!® is an innovative education program for all members of the care team who are supporting people with behaviour changes due to dementia or other cognitive impairment. This includes health care providers in a direct care role and care partners (family and friends). The U-First Framework is a person-centred approach to looking at the whole person.

This program, designed by the Alzheimer Society, is being offered by Robin Hull, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Societ­y Lanark Leeds Grenville. The program will be delivered in two, three-hour sessions on Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Presbyterian Church, 111 Church Street, Almonte, and is offered for free.

All participants must register with Sidney Thomson, R.N. by phone at 343-262-0902 or email at by Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. There is a maximum of 14 attendees for the program.

This training will help caregivers understand the person and associated behaviour changes, and how to work as a team to develop individualized support strategies.

The program will help you:

  • Understandthat there can be many reasons why you might see behaviour changes in the person;
  • Flag the possible changes that you may see when you are supporting the person;
  • Interactin a new way with both skill and a common understanding of dementia and other cognitive impairments;
  • Reflect andreport on not only new behaviours you may see in the person you are supporting but also share your strategies and tips with the team.
  • Support the person and their care partners in everyday activities.
  • Know that you are part of an important Teamin caring for the person.

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