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Evidence Based Management with Patients with Dementia


While patients with dementia pose unique challenges to rehabilitation professionals, the potential benefits from quality therapy is astounding. Having a strong foundational understanding of the available strengths to these patients is crucial in developing a solid treatment plan. These patients present with deficits in attention, judgment, memory, communication, and language, but also have several functions that remain intact through the disease. It is commonly believed that patients with dementia can’t benefit from rehabilitation services. However, current literature has found that this is not case.

Skilled rehabilitation is an integral part of an older adult’s return to the optimal functional level of independence following an injury or illness. Patients with dementia benefit as much from rehabilitation as individuals without dementia, but it is up to us as rehabilitation professionals to understand how to exploit the strengths and abilities of these individuals to help meet their goals.

This course will provide a better understanding of cognitive aging, which parts of cognition are the strongest throughout the progression of dementia, and how to use these abilities to promote a successful episode of care. Barriers to treatment will be addressed along with best practice and evidence-based approaches to overcome these challenges to improve functional outcomes for these patients. The different types of dementia will be discussed, highlighting effective strategies to maximize patient outcomes. Understanding the use of a strength-based approach will be emphasized to help you and your staff better treat this growing group of challenging patients.

What Participants Are Saying . . .

“Great course. I loved all the discussion and real life examples.”

“Instructor kept my attention and kept me engaged…I really appreciated her humor.”

“Lots of knowledge and experience.”

“Amazing speaker…blown away by her energy, knowledge, and passion. These past two days have been so enjoyable.”

1. Implement current evidenced-based interventions and best practices in literature for patients with dementia.

2. Use effective communication strategies and person- centered care to maximize outcomes.

3. Evaluate strengths and domains requiring compensation in patients with dementia

4. Contrast differences between strength-based approach and traditional medical model.

5. Distinguish the different types of dementia and their symptomology.

6. Describe the progression of dementia and appropriate treatment goals for each stage.

7. Recognize potential emotional and behavior disturbances that may impact treatment.

A certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational activity (20 CEUs or 2.0 CEUs depending on how your Practice Act determines CEUs in your state) will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in DC, NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved for PTs and PTAs in MD, CA, NJ, MS and AR for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approval for 24 contact hours for PTs/PTAs in Florida. Have applied for approval in ID, and OK. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in PA, WY, CO, AL, IN, WI, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, UT and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in KS, NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, IA, and ND.

Colorado PTs/PTAs: The Colorado PT Board/Continuing Competency Program does not “approve” continuing education courses. A licensed PT will be responsible for achieving 30 points from the Professional Development Activities List (20 of these points must be Category I activities). Please visit the Colorado PT Board website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Physical_Therapy_CPC Once on that page, click on “CPC Program Manual” on the bottom half of the page. The Program Manual will explain the program in detail. The manual also provides criteria for acceptable activities.

If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. GREAT Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #5363. This course is not approved by ASHA or Board of Certification. Your tuition is tax deductible. Any reference to or mention of state rules or regulations concerning continuing education requirements are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. If you have questions, please contact your board or regulating body.

Day 1

7:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast Normative Age-Related Cognitive Changes

8:00 am – Normative Age-Related Cognitive Changes

  • Age-related structural changes
  • Theories of normal cognitive aging
  • Age-related functional changes

10:30 am – Break

10:45 am – Atypical Cognitive Changes in Aging

  • Comparison of normal aging and dementia
  • Differentiation of different types of dementia
  • Progression of Dementia
  • Global Deterioration Scale
  • Functional Staging for Rehabilitative Purposes
  • Pharmacological Treatments

12:30 pm – Working Lunch (on your own) – Group Discussion

1:30 pm – Strength-based Approach to Rehabilitation

  • Strength-based vs. medical model
  • Remaining strengths in dementia

3:30 pm – Break

3:45 pm – Strength-based Approach to Rehabilitation (cont)

  • Constructs requiring compensation in dementia
  • Components of strength-based approach
  • Personhood & person-centered care

6:00 pm – Questions and Answers

6:30 pm – Course Day Adjourns

 

Day 2

7:30 am – Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – Treatment Strategies to Facilitate Successful Outcomes

  • Effective communication strategies
  • Behavioral management strategies

10:30am – Break

10:45am – Treatment Strategies (cont)

  • Current evidence-based interventions and best practices for individuals with dementia
    • Functional documentation for use with interventions
    • Documenting progress for individuals with dementia

12:30pm – Working Lunch (on your own) – Group Discussion

1:30pm – Current Research on Dementia

  • Updated diagnostic criteria
  • Prevention of cognitive decline

3:00pm – Break

3:15pm – Case Studies and Active Learning

6:00pm – Questions and Answers

6:30pm – Course Adjourns

Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.



For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.


Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25


Look for more dates coming in 2022!

Your Instructor

Nicole Dawson , PT, PhD, GCS