Dementia is a broad term for a decline in mental ability that is significant enough to interfere with a person's daily life. Over 5 million Americans are living with dementia; someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease every 65 seconds. This number is expected to double by 2030, and triple by 2050. Since there is no cure for dementia, this disease results in a progressive decline of cognitive and functional skills. Many individuals with dementia also experience behavioral changes, decreased safety awareness, difficulty eating/swallowing, and decreased independence completing ADLs. These courses are designed for therapists and healthcare professionals so that they may improve outcomes, safety, and quality of life for individuals and their caregivers living with dementia.
This certification series will facilitate learning about functional and evidence-based techniques, interventions, and education/training strategies. Participants will learn about assessments and screening tools which may be used at all stages of progressive cognitive decline, and how to use those tools to develop individualized treatment plans. Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary treatment, documentation challenges, improving patient safety, and caregiver education. Participants will feel confident approaching dementia care from multiple angles, facilitating a thorough understanding of team approaches and patient needs. Immediately implement what you learn and feel confident treating your patients going forward. By placing yourself in your patient's shoes you will be able to feel the impacts on their quality of life and potential success as you apply topics covered in the series.
Taught by Anysia Ensslen-Boggs, Ed.D., M.S., CCC-SLP
Taught by Cristina Klymasz, OTR/L, RYT, CBIS, CLT-LANA, MSCS
Taught by Catherine Valentino, OTR/L, OTD, MHSc, MAAL, BS
Taught by Nicki Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS
Taught by Toni Patt, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS
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