SEPTEMBER 2017           
Support people living with dementia

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is now underway in Minnesota. You can become a Dementia Friend by attending a one-hour informal training on Tuesday, October 17, 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the LBFE office. Learn what dementia is, what it's like to live with the disease and the simple things you can do to support someone living with it. Please extend this invitation to family and friends as well!  

The evening will be facilitated by a Dementia Friends Champion with Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, and the ACT on Alzheimer's Initiative. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 and the session will begin at 6:00.
Volunteer for holiday dinners! 

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is happy to again host both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Day dinners for our Elder Friends. No elder should feel alone or forgotten, especially during the holiday season. 

Together, volunteers and elders will enjoy dinner and all the trimmings, lively entertainment, good conversation and the joy that comes with sharing the holidays together. Our friends at Envision Catering and Hospitality in Oakdale will host the dinners on Thursday, November 23 from 12noon to 2pm and
Sunday, December 24 from 12noon to 2pm.

Visiting Volunteers, please watch for an email in mid-October with instructions on how you can assist your Elder Friend with their online registration for one or both holiday dinners. If you are able, please join your Elder Friend and celebrate the holidays together. Your family is also welcome. The more the merrier! (Elders not matched with a Visiting Volunteer will receive registration assistance from our office.) 

Holiday dinners are made possible only through the generosity and kindness of volunteers like you.  
We have 
many volunteer opportunities available for both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Day. 
Registration for these opportunities will be live on the LBFE website beginning September 25. Please  look them over and register for the volunteer role(s) that fits you best!

In the meantime, if you have questions about holiday dinners, please email   or call 612.721.1400.

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