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Alzheimer's Disease vs. Dementia

Many people use Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably without a clear distinction between what each word means.  This presentation will go over the important difference between the two terms.  It will explore the various types of dementias and the science behind Alzheimer’s.  Participants will come away with a better understanding of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the progression of the disease, and the available treatments and medications.
 
Appropriate Audience: General Audience, Caregivers, Early-stage Individuals



Knowledge of Stages

When working with Alzheimer's patients, it is important to understand the changing expectations that occur as the disease progresses.  The presentation addresses the signs, challenges and activities of the stages of Alzheimer's disease.  Additionally, it covers Pre-Alzheimer's symptoms and warning signs as well as end of life care during Late-Stage Alzheimer's disease.

Appropriate Audience:  Direct Care Workers, Licensed Professionals



Communicating and Interacting with Persons with Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease dramatically alters the dynamics between the diagnosed individual and his or her loved ones.  Family and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s frequently feel that their loved one is no longer the person he or she once was. This presentation provides caregivers with tools for effectively communicating and connecting with persons with dementia.  Specifically it will cover nonverbal vs. verbal communication, positive physical approach, person-centered approach, and activity development.  
 
Appropriate Audience: General Audience, Caregivers


Behavior Management

Alzheimer's disease can often lead to confusing and difficult behaviors in patients.  This presentation helps explain why some of these behaviors happen including 1) side effects of medications 2) the disease itself 3) co-morbidity issues.  Once the behaviors are defied, the presentation offers strategies on how to deal with some of the most common challenging behaviors including issues surrounding sexuality.  Lastly, the presentation explores various behavioral case studies and discusses the importance of a personalized approach when dealing with behaviors.

Appropriate Audience:  Direct Care Workers, Licensed Professionals



Safety First

Safety is a primary concern for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.  The presentation stresses the importance of creating a safe home and environment for persons with dementia.  Our presenter will offer tips on how to keep individuals safe from wandering and modifications necessary for a safe home environment.  Driving issues will be addressed as will the importance of disaster preparedness.

Appropriate Audience:  Direct Care Workers, Licensed Professionals



End of Life Care

End of life care is important to understand when working with dementia and Alzheimer's patients.  This program addresses end-of-life symptoms and explains appropriate care approaches to these symptoms, as well as the benefits of responding efficiently and sensitively to symptoms.  The presentation also identifies ways relationships and meaningful interactions can enhance the quality of life at the end of life and how to adequately support family and other staff members during a client's last stages of life.

Appropriate Audience:  Direct Care Workers, Licensed Professionals



Abuse & Neglect

Abuse and neglect is becoming all-too-common in today's society.  This presentation addresses how to identify and compare the different types of abuse and neglect.  It also explains the role the Adult Protective Services plays in abuse and neglect cases and the resources they provide.  At the end of the presentation attendees will understand the best ways to offer immediate assistance in abusive situations involving a person with dementia.

Appropriate Audience:  Direct Care Workers, Licensed Professionals



We also offer specialty programs upon request.  Topics include, but are not limited to: personal care workshops, treatments, long term care planning, legal and financial planning, sexuality, co-morbidities, communication with families and diagnosed individuals, ethical issues.  All programs can be offered as individual seminar or as a series.  Some programs may offer CEUs. 


For more information please call 713.314.1314


 

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