While patients with dementia pose unique challenges to rehabilita- tion 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 atten- tion, judgment, memory, communication, and language but also have several functions that remain intact through the disease. It is commonly thought that patients with dementia cannot benefit from rehabilitation services because of behaviors, lack of commu- nication, or difficulties in learning. However, the current literature demonstrates 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 with- out dementia, but it is up to us as the 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 through discussion on which parts of cognition are the strongest throughout the progression of dementia and how to use these abili- ties to promote a successful episode of care. Barriers to treatment will be discussed 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.
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.
Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida and Co-Director of the Innovative Mobility Innovative (IMOVETM) Lab. She graduated from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2002. Dr. Dawson is a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist with over 16 years of clinical experience along with a PhD in Adult Development & Aging Psy- chology. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy through receipt of the Distinguished Educator Award and the American Physical Therapy Association being awarded the Margaret L. Moore Outstanding New Faculty Award. Her current area of research includes devel- oping non-pharmacological interventions to improve functional and psychosocial outcomes in patients with dementia, identifying predictors of falls in older adults with cognitive impairment, as well as gaining a better understanding of the disability experience of older adults. Dr. Dawson has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Gerontologist and the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She has presented at numerous international and national conferences on the subject. She is passionate about bettering the treatment and care of these patients and is dedicated to assisting students and clinicians in gaining skills and knowledge to better help these patients maximize their potential.
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.
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