2590 N. ALVERNON WAY
TUCSON, AZ 85712
(520) 323- 1708 • FAX (520) 323-9077 • WWW.OURFAMILYSERVICES.ORG
October 10, 2013
Bonnie Loewy, founder & principal of Shine Your Light Dementia, was invited to provide an extensive two part dementia training for Senior Companions of Tucson, AZ.
Ms. Loewy developed the curriculum for the dementia training, and presented the information two months in a row at the monthly Senior Companion meeting. Each presentation was an hour and a half, aided by a Power Point presentation.
Bonnie has an excellent understanding of elders who suffer from a dementing illness, and was able to convey very complex information to the Senior Companions. This group of 44 was fascinated with her information, since they all assist elders on a daily basis. Many Senior Companions clients have some form of dementia, and this has been especially perplexing to their Senior Companion aides. I have found a general reluctance on the part of Senior Companions to reach out to those with dementias.
Now that Senior Companions have learned why people act as they do with a dementing illness, and have several suggestions as to how they can best help, I have seen a huge change in the program! Senior Companions are no longer afraid to embrace persons with dementias; in fact, I now hear them comparing note and strategies!
Ms. Loewy's dementia education has been a valuable component of Senior Companion training. I highly recommend her for continued community education. Her information is up to date, accurate and presented in a way that not only holds the interest of the audience, but allows them to engage in problem solving.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.
Frances A. Coleman, M.A. (Yale '85)
Senior Companion Project Director
Our Family Services, Tucson, AZ 85716