Pella Chronicle

September 25, 2013

Vriendschap Village prepares for Alzheimer's Day


The Pella Chronicle

---- — In light of the upcoming World Alzheimer’s Day, Vriendschap Village retirement community of Pella, Iowa recognized two employees who have been awarded Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP) status by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, an organization formed in 2001 to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer’s education.

The two associates, Brenda Colvin, Executive Director and Jody Mansueto, Community Life Director, received their recognition after attending a comprehensive educational seminar by a Certified Dementia Alzheimer’s Instructor and completing a rigorous application and evaluation process.

In addition to having two CDPs on staff, Vriendschap Village recently hosted Lanny D. Butler, MS, OTR/L and founder and President of IATB Dementia Care LLC, a consulting group on Dementia Possible Care giving.

Butler’s three seminars, which were open to the public, focused on his book, A Practical Guide to Dementia Possible Care, as well as practical approaches for families and individuals who are dealing with memory loss.

“We have a great memory care neighborhood at Vriendschap Village with wonderful associates who truly are passionate about providing the very best care for our residents,” said Brenda Colvin, Executive Director of Vriendschap Village. “We do even the smallest things, such as providing residents with lavender-scented towels at the same time every night to create a steady routine and calming effect for faster and better sleep. This is just one of the ways we help our residents who need memory care thrive.”

World Alzheimer’s Day, was held on September 21, recognizes the 35 million people worldwide who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For more information on Vreindschap Village and their memory care unit, contact 641-628-8260.