Edmonton - Spirituality and Wholeness Workshop
Seeing Dementia from the Other Side
All persons are spiritual beings. Dementia doesn’t negate a person’s spirituality. It does, however, change the way in which we engage it. The best way to understand persons living with dementia is to learn to enter into their experience, to see dementia from the other side. Not in terms of cumulative losses, but rather, preserved abilities as the disease progresses. For the goal is to maintain the relationship with the person living with dementia right up until the end of life, if we believe, as in the letter to the Romans, that “Neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Romans 8:39.
This workshop provides opportunities for experiential learning, as one might experience life when living with dementia. By understanding the nature of skill loss and preserved abilities, we will learn to communicate differently and more effectively with persons living with dementia. As people of faith, we can then cultivate and offer a presence that makes spiritual and religious care more possible and more meaningful.
with Angela King, Specialist (CASC), MTS
Angela has been a chaplain with the Good Samaritan Society since July 2013. Residing in Edmonton, she is chaplain for both Southgate Care Centre and Good Shepherd Care Home. Angela is a Specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. As a certified Positive Approach to Care™ Trainer in dementia care, Angela is as passionate about her work with people living with dementia as she is about reframing our understanding of dementia and the skills needed to connect with our loved ones living with dementia.
Sexuality in Care Facilities
Many people with positions in health care will have faced concerns about sexual expression and activity among those in their facilities, often raised by family members or staff. This presentation will challenge your preconceptions about sexuality in older residents and explore organizational barriers and obligations in residential facilities. We will then engage in a lively and interactive discussion about two of the key ethical challenges that arise regarding resident sexuality, namely when the resident does not have the capacity to make decisions about sexual behaviour and residents with dementia who are behaving in ways inconsistent with their past behaviour or past values. Participants will then have the opportunity to consider some real-life case studies and propose ethical resolutions.
with Victoria Seavilleklein, Ph.D.
Victoria Seavilleklein, PhD, is a Clinical Ethicist in Alberta Health Services and an Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in Bioethics, and has held various roles in policy, research, and clinical ethics. In her current role, she also provides support to the Executive Director of the AHS Clinical Ethics Service in the development of provincial programs to build capacity, support policy review and enhance ethics consultation standards and quality.
What is the refund policy?
Refund requests must be received 14 days prior to the workshop and will include a $25.00 processing fee.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For additional information you can contact us at (780) 989- 3220 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, someone may come in your place if you are unable to attend the event. We do ask that you get in touch with us so that we are aware of the change.