AT OUR LAST MEETING . . .
December Holiday Party
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December Featured Event
At Our Last Meeting
Welcome New Members!
Dementia: What is it, What’s Normal Aging, and What Do We Do?
This course provided an overview of the multiple kinds of dementia
faced by families and their loved ones. It distinguished between the
losses seen in normal aging versus the clear indicators of dementia and
addressed the greater impact of early onset dementia and how that
changes the course of the illness. We discussed the reality that
dementia is in fact a terminal illness, and leads to death, and how that
should change the conversation about what needs to be taken care of and
the issues confronting families.
Participants were able to identify/describe/discuss:
- Normal aging brain loss traits
- Increase in dementia with age
- Managing someone with dementia
Clinicians learned the following in dealing with families with dementia impacting them:
to speak with doctors, documenting symptoms, locating online education
and support, being realistic about limits and the need for outside help
and asking for help, caregiver strain and illness, understanding
anticipatory grief, including:
- Things NOT to say to families dealing with dementia
- Things NOT to do or say to those living with dementia
The list of stuff to get done if dementia is setting in: POA, DPOA, POLST, trusts, Living Wills, videos, letters, “buckets,” creating a village at home
is a therapist in private practice in Riverside, where she co-owns
Central Counseling Services with Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT. Jill
completed her MSW at the University of South Florida. Her professional
life has been anchored by hospice, grief and loss, life transitions, and
adoptions. She created the online grief recovery program “Your Path
Through Grief,” which is available at www.yourpaththroughgrief.com.
She is a Certified Grief Recovery Facilitator through the Grief
Recovery Institute. Jill is also a member of the Riverside Mayor’s Task
Force for creating a Purple City, focusing on the issues of dementia in
the population. She created and facilitates a dementia support group
monthly in Riverside, and provides services for families facing dementia
and the multiple issues that overwhelm families coping with dementia in
their midst. She is also a regular presenter at the Death Café at Cal
State Fullerton’s OLLIE program.
Welcome New Member!
Happy Holidays to All!
hope you all were able to spend time with your family and friends over
this past Thanksgiving weekend. For myself and my family we enjoyed
good food, time with friends, lots of laughter; reflection time and we
even watched a little football. In my family we have a tradition not to
start any Christmas decorating until after Thanksgiving. We feel that
Thanksgiving gets shortchanged otherwise, so we wait until the Friday or
Saturday after. This year I was able to convince my daughter to help me
decorate my office for the holiday as well as go shopping together. I
do love the festive lights and pretty displays this time of year. The
weather even seemed to cooperate by still being a beautiful sunny day
but with cool temperature by Southern California standards.
all the outside lights were done, we sat down and watched the movie
“Inside Out” by Pixar Animation Studios. I just maybe the only therapist
in America that hasn’t seen the movie. I found it to be a wonderful
movie full of fun and laughter. The premise is about a young girl named
Riley that lives in Minnesota (talk about a cold place) with her family
and all was wonderful. Within her mind we are introduced to the five
personifications of her basic emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust
and Anger, as they come to life. The emotions live in “Headquarters”,
which is Riley's conscious mind, where
they influence Riley's actions and memories. Her new memories are
housed in colored orbs, which are sent into long-term memory at the end
of every waking period. (This orb thing is a great metaphor in
illustrating what our brains do when we sleep.) The most important
memories, known as "core" memories, are housed in a hub in Headquarters
and power five "islands", each of which reflects a different aspect of
Riley's personality. Joy does everything in her power to keep Riley in a
happy state, but since she and the other emotions do not understand
Sadness's purpose, they try to keep her from controlling the console.
The story continues with the five emotions working together to keep
Riley safe. I won’t spoil the movie, but if you haven’t seen it, I think
it has some wonderful images and insights into our brains aka
“Headquarters” and how we therapist type people help our clients to
learn to regulate those emotions better. I can see many uses this film
could have within the therapeutic setting. I may even show clips to my
students and interns.
couple of reminders. First, our chapter’s holiday party is on December
11, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Please register to receive the address. This party
will replace our regularly-scheduled meeting. Secondly, we are starting
a 3000 club and our first meeting will be held on January 30th
at Dr. Catherine Wheeler’s office on Saturday 11:00-12:30 at 1411
Rimpau Ave. Ste. 213 Corona, 92879. The purpose will be to help support
our interns and students as they go through the licensing process. This
meeting is open to all healers regardless of your professional
designation. It is my hope that this group will provide support,
specialized training, and new networking opportunities for pre-licensed
and licensed members and will provide a safe place to exchange ideas and
learn from each other.
I will leave you now with a quote from D.M. Dellinger:
is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year,
happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every
corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”
Until next time
Sherry Shockey-Pope, LMFT
Help Me Help Her: A Presentation Supporting Providers Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence - January 22, 2016
Using the Language of the Law to “Salt & Pepper” Your Treatment Records (6 hours) - February 26, 2016