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.

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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.

EDUCATIONAL CREDIT: 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 GA, MD, CA, NJ, OK, and AR for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. This course is approved for PTs and PTAs in FL for 24 contact hours. This course is approved for OTs and OTAs in FL for 20 contact hours.  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. 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

Participant 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.

In the event that a course is cancelled by Great Seminars and Books, participants will be offered the equivalent number of hours of online or live courses, or a refund. Great Seminars and Books is not responsible for course related expenses that participants may incur such as transportation, lodging or meals.

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 Price = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Savannah, GA. – May 21-22, 2022

Course Location: Candler Hospital
5353 Reynolds Street
Savannah, GA 31405


Early Bird (thru 4/28/22) = $495

Regular Price (4/28/22 – 5/12/22) = $545

Late Fee (5/12/22 – 5/21/22) = $570

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Portland, ORAugust 13-14, 2022

Course Location: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9155 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225


Early Bird (thru 7/14/22) = $495

Regular Price (7/14/22 – 7/28/22) = $545

Late Fee (7/28/22 – 8/13/22) = $570

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Your Instructor

Nicole Dawson , PT, PhD, GCS