DescriptionThis workshop is offered to healthcare professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of dementia care, with a focus on utilizing behavioral approaches when possible. With dementia rates on the rise, there is an increasing demand for healthcare and administrative staff working with this population to have training specific to behavioral management and communication. After presenting the current definition of dementia (referred to as major neurocognitive disorder in the DSM-5), common etiologies will be discussed to provide participants with a better understanding of brain-behavior relationships associated with dementia.
Specific nonpharmacological interventions will be discussed that may be beneficial in managing common behavioral disturbances in this population, including hallucinations/delusions, depression/anxiety, sundowning, apathy, screaming, sleep problems, wandering/pacing, physical aggression, self-injurious behavior, hoarding, resistiveness, and sexual disinhibition. Given the effects of dementia on communication, participants will also walk away with communication strategies that will likely facilitate a more productive and positive interaction between the care provider and the individual with dementia. Because not all behaviors are the direct result of the brain changes, the influence of comorbid conditions and environmental factors will be presented.
NOTE: Registration must be received by March 6, 2019 so that the participant workshop manuals (included in the course fee) can be ordered in time.
Snow Date: May 20th, 2019
Becoming a Certified Dementia PractitionerThose who complete this workshop can optionally pursue becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner, CDP(R) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). For more information, visit the NCCDP website (www.nccdp.org).
This project is supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number #U1QHP28734-01-00, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.
Nurses, including CNAs; Nursing Home Administrators; Occupational Therapists & Assistants; Physical Therapists & Assistants; Speech-language Pathologists and others interested in dementia care
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:
- Define dementia and its underlying neuropathologies
- Demonstrate communication strategies to improve interactions with persons with dementia
- List strategies appropriate for reducing the negative consequences of troublesome behaviors associated with dementia (e.g., hoarding, wandering, aggressive behaviors, bathing)
- K. Leigh Morrow-Odom, PhD, CCC-SLP, CDP