[CT Birds] Bird Tales - Observing birds to help people living with Dementia

Amy Hopkins hopkinsus at cs.com
Sun Aug 30 16:08:34 EDT 2015

The Parrot Club is very excited to have Ken Elkins give us his inspirational talk at our meeting on Tuesday, 9/8/15 in East Hartford at 7 p.m.

Bird Tales - Observing birds to help people living with dementia

Ken Elkins , Education Program Manager at the Bent of the River Audubon Center will give a presentation on the “Bird Tales” program he developed with Randy Griffin, Dementia Care Specialist.  The program uses multisensory stimulation and the natural outdoor world of birds to help people living with dementia to interact with their environment and share a meaningful experience with others.  Observing birds through sight, sound, and touch can encourage family interactions even in elders with advanced dementia, and lift their mood for the rest of the day!  Ken will share a short video about the program and explain how it was created, its success so far, and how you might be able to get involved and share it with their family members or friends who live in a long term care facility.

Ken is a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow, and has worked in the environmental education field for over 10 years before joining the Bent of the River staff in 2008. Ken’s interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, watching the birds at his grandmother’s feeders in Vermont and has been obsessed ever since. Ken is excited to be able to share his passion for birds and the environment of Connecticut with everyone who visits the Bent of the River.

Directions at: http://www.theparrotclub.org

$3 suggested admission, 12 and under free

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