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Family Seminars

Following these seminars, family participants report that they have learned so much about understanding the Dementia Journey and caring for their loved one. In fact, one wife states, “I discovered in communicating with my husband, that his thinking changes from early to middle to late stage dementia, all in one conversation.” Participants will examine many positive concepts of dementia care, and realize that the loved one they are caring for still has many remaining strengths. Families will identify the personhood model of care, which will enhance the quality of both care partner and the person with dementia.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Family members who are caring for someone with dementia
  • Clergy who help families cope with dementia
  • Social workers interacting with family members

Introduction to Dementia Care

These sessions are designed to introduce the concepts of dementia care to family members. To provide knowledge and understanding of dementia and to facilitate the development of skills in a person–centered philosophy of care through reflection and improved practice.

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Living with Dementia

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an understanding of the Personhood Model of Care, which will enhance the lives of both the person with dementia and also their family and professional care partners.

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Responsive Behaviors that Challenge

Persons with dementia have their own reality. When their care partners have a certain expectation or a planned agenda, which may, or may not suit the person with dementia, this often creates a situation of “responsive behaviors.” The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an understanding of these responsive behaviors and how to manage them. The Personhood Model of Care will be introduced.

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Communicating with the Person with Dementia

This workshop is designed to illustrate the concepts of communication with persons with dementia in a person–centered manner. Communicating with persons with dementia is very different from communicating with mentally alert individuals.

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