Understanding Dementia: Seeing It from the Other Side
This session forms the core of all we will do in the workshop.
The emphasis is on helping you see things differently. By the end of the morning, you will have some "AH-HA" moments as you appreciate the impact of dementia on intake of data, processing of data, and therefore what the person will do, say, think, believe and is less likely and be able to do.
We will sort out the "Three D's" – Delirium, Depression and Dementia.
The Gem Model will be introduced to address progressive changes over time with a positive perspective, focusing on what remains and what is unique and holds value, even as other things change and are lost.
Building Hands On Skills for Interaction and Communication
We will build on what we now 'know' and understand about dementia as we develop new skills to better support and help.
We will start with our approach, our cues, and our ability to connect.
Then we will work on hands on ways of communicating and assisting with daily life and in times of distress.
By the completion of the session, learners will have new tools that will be applied throughout the rest of the workshop.
- Learners will describe the six key components that contribute to the behaviors seen throughout the progression of dementia.
- Learners will compare and contrast cues that people with dementia provide that indicate the most common 10 unmet needs that lead to distress or challenging behaviors as the disease progresses.
- Learners will describe effective combinations of multi-modal helping techniques when presented with someone with dementia at various levels of impairment, emphasizing use of their abilities that are preserved.
- Learners will recognize the value of consistent positive reinforcement and active programming to promote well-being in reducing challenging behaviors throughout the disease process.
- Learners will use a structured and organized approach to recognizing and coping with challenging behaviors by meeting needs and intervening early and often with at-risk individuals on a regular basis.
Methods of teaching:
All sections will use a combination of lecture, discussion, role play, group interaction, case discussion, and problem-solving among learners to actively engage learners in the content. A DVD training disk, handouts, power point presentation, and role playing will be used throughout the session.