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Category Archives: Alzheimer’s / Dementia

Learning to Use Dementia Care Mapping

November 9-12, 2015:  Basic Level – Edition 8
Location:  Primaris, Columbia, MO

Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a process of evaluating the delivery of person-centered care and, in general, to improve the quality of care delivered to persons with dementia.  DCM goes to the real heart of caring by striving to assess care from the viewpoint of the person with dementia and provides valuable, clear and reliable information for those concerned with quality care.  This four-day course assists participants becoming thoroughly familiar with the method and theory of DCM in order to immediately apply learning in practical ways.  The course is designed for care partners of persons with dementia and those responsible for improving care practice.

Please see the brochure here for more information including registration details.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

September 22, 2015:  SESSION ONE – Pain Assessment in Dementia: One Person at a Time
October 20, 2015:  SESSION TWO – Pain Assessment in Dementia: One Person at a Time
Presenter:  Kristen Swafford, RN, PhD, CNS

SESSION ONE – Using a lecture format with case studies to provide clinical examples, the content in this session will cover key components of assessing pain in the person living with dementia.  Clinically feasible, evidence-based observational tools will be discussed, promoting a team approach to addressing pain in this unique population.

SESSION TWO – Using a lecture format with case studies to provide clinical examples, the content in this session will cover key components of managing pain the older adult with dementia. This session provides follow up to the pain assessment session. An overview of options for individualized pain care will be provided, focusing on the importance of analgesic trials, communication, and documenting results.

Please visit www.pioneernetwork.net/Events/HotTopics for more information and to register for these webinars.

See Me – Not My Dementia

Language can have tremendous impact on how people living with dementia feel about themselves and how they are treated and considered by others.  Using appropriate language is respectful, supportive, and non-discriminatory.  In this issue of Living Fully With Dementia: Words Matter, see the many words that are recommended to use versus those to avoid along with the rationale behind them.

Please see the Dementia Action Alliance’s website here for the full publication and more information.

A Meeting of the Minds Webinar with guest Dr. Al Power

June 23, 2015:  2:00 p.m. CT

Dr. Al Power is the author of Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being.  In this webinar, Dr. Power will look at the experience of dementia through the seven domains of well-being — identity, connectedness, security, autonomy, meaning, growth, and joy — and explore how each is challenged, both by brain changes and by our attitudes and care systems, and how we can use transformational approaches to restore each domain even for people with advanced cognitive change.

Dr. Power will also talk about why many “nonpharmacological interventions” and alternative therapies don’t really work any better than pills.  Participants in the webinar will learn to view dementia in a new light and will challenge many of the approaches that have been taken for granted.

To register for this FREE webinar, please visit here.  You may also visit the Dementia Alliance International’s event page located here.

New Generations Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2014

The Section for Long-Term Care has published New Generations – Volume 12, Issue 3, Fall 2014.  This issue is now accessible here.  Please visit our website here to view this edition along with an archive of previous newsletters.

Alive Inside Movie is Now Available to Purchase

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory is now available on Netflix, DVD and Blu-ray!  Click here for more information.

Care and Conquer Education Series

The Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter announces the fourth annual Care & Conquer Education Series.  This is the region’s premier resource for the latest information on research and early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
November 6, 2014: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
November 8, 2014: St. Charles, Mo.
November 11, 2014: Fairview Heights, Mo.
November 13, 2014: St. Louis, Mo.
November 15, 2014: North St. Louis
November 18, 2014: Rolla, Mo.
Please visit www.alz.org/stl/in_my_community_56765.asp for more information and registration.