How do you perceive a person who has dementia? For many of us, we think of what a person can’t do anymore. “She can’t remember to take her pills, she can’t hold a conversation the way she used to, she can’t use the stove safely, she can’t drive safely.”
These changes can be hugely frustrating for a person who has dementia, devastating for their family members, and very challenging for professional caregivers too. But when it comes to making sure that the person can still have quality of life, it’s essential to see the person not for what they can no longer do, but for the things that they can
With a new perspective about the disease, hope and opportunity can emerge. For example, when we change our perception, a person who had been viewed as a “wandering rummager” can be seen as a person who has the desire and ability to walk and to engage in their environment.
Want to know more? Dementia care expert Kim Warchol, OTR/L, will be presenting these ideas and person-centered dementia care techniques at the Memory Loss Conference 2014
[PDF] in Springfield, IL next month.
The two-day event is designed for both professionals and families, with sessions for health and care professionals taking place on November 21 and sessions for family and friends of persons with early-stage memory loss taking place on November 22.
Kim, president and founder of CPI’s Dementia Care Specialists
, will be part of a panel of memory care experts including Dean Hartley, Ph.D., Director of Science Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association, Sandy C. Burgener, Ph.D., RN, of the University of Illinois College of Nursing, neuropsychologist Ron Zec, Ph.D, of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at SIU School of Medicine, and many others.
Kim will present:
Creating Better Lives for People With Dementia
Friday, November 21, 2014 from 9:20–10:35 a.m.
Kim will discuss the stages of dementia and individuals’ corresponding abilities, plus compensatory care approaches and the five keys to improving function and quality of life both for the person with dementia and for you, their care partner.
Interventions to Facilitate Successful Engagement in Meaningful Activity
Friday, November 21, 2014 from 1:30–2:45 p.m.
If you need strategies for adapting activities, care approaches, and environments for persons with dementia, this session will help you facilitate their best ability to function at every stage of the disease. You’ll practice developing and implementing a compensatory care approach for one activity of daily living (ADL) and one leisure activity for different stages of dementia.
Improving Life for Persons With Memory Loss and Their Care Partners
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:15–10:30 a.m.
If you’re caring for a family member who has dementia, this session will help you think about your loved one in a new light. Kim will discuss the definitions of dementia and Alzheimer’s, an overview of stages and abilities, care strategies for maximizing your loved one’s remaining abilities, and strategies and resources for taking good care of yourself too.
To register for the event, visit the SIU School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders website or download the registration form [PDF].