Frena was invited by the Cayman Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group to carry out outreach workshops for the people of Grand Cayman.
While there, she presented two 2-hour workshops at the Cayman Islands Hospital, community outreach sessions at the All Nations United Pentecostal Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a dementia session for the island Hospice organization.
"The Cayman Islands have only had a dementia support group since late last year and it was eager to let everyone to know they were there, would be having regular monthly meetings and that there was some real practical help available."
All Frena's workshops were very practical, involving the skills of day-to-day dementia caregiving.
"Knowing how to do the caregiving is the big challenge for everyone. It's not a medical issue at that point. It's the issue of using our dementia understanding. I call it the Speaking Dementia skill. I made sure, in every session, that we gave a lot of time to people's issues. I wanted to concentrate on the real needs of real caregivers. The feedback I got from everyone was that we certainly hit the right buttons there. I was really happy with the work we did and very impressed with the caregivers I met."
Reviews of Frena's Presentations and Workshops
Frena recently gave a day-long presentation for the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. The 150 participants included care aids, LPNs, activity staff, social workers, RNs and family caregivers. Conny Schipper
of the Alzheimer's Society of Canada wrote:
“Frena's humorous practical compassionate approach to dementia care was enjoyed by all.”
“I liked Frena's energy, honesty
“I liked the focus on building a heart connection with the person
you care for.”
“I was moved to laughter and
tears during this workshop - it
was fascinating and inspiring.”
“Everyone in the caregiving profession should take this workshop for a fresh perspective.”
“I gained suggestions for meaningful activities for those
with dementia and suggestions for dealing with challenging behaviors.”
“Good ideas to build on.”
“I liked the interactive nature of Frena's workshop.”
“I liked best the question of how I'm being asked to grow as a caregiver.”
“Frena Gray-Davidson is a talented, knowledgeable and warm person.”
American Society on Aging
“Thank-you from the bottom of
our hearts for your wonderful presentation.”
Alzheimer’s Association, North Dakota
“Frena has applied
her creative insight into Alzheimer’s Disease to develop an innovative approach to planned caregiving.”
Dr Jan Lord, MD, Kaiser Permanente
“Frena’s work is unique
and valuable in the understanding she has of those who have Alzheimer’s Disease. It is rare to find someone who can constantly search for hands-on solutions which support the person with Alzheimer’s.”
Conne Pence, Director, Mount Diablo Alzheimer’s Day Care Program
“I thank you so much for
the help you gave our Public Health Nurses, our social workers and our villagers in your Alzheimer’s training sessions.”
Director of the Territorial Department
of Aging, American Samoa