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Managing Patients with Dementia using a Collaborative and Strength-based Approach
Therapy Network Seminars
Discipline(s): Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Athletic Training
Contact Hours: 1.5
Registration Fee: $42
Identify treatment goals for each stage
Identify differences between strength-based approach and traditional medical model
Identify remaining strengths and domains requiring compensation in patients with dementia
Identify current evidenced-based interventions and best practices in literature
PT, PTA, OT, OTA, ATs
An email confirmation with link to access the webinar will be sent upon receipt of tuition
Older adults with dementia are 9 times as likely to require a stay in a skilled nursing facility as their cognitively intact counterparts. Skilled rehabilitation (including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nursing) 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 pose unique challenges to rehabilitation professionals. Severe deficits in attention, judgment, memory, communication, and language are common in individuals with dementia. It is commonly thought that patients with dementia cannot benefit from rehabilitation services because of behaviors, lack of communication, or difficulties in learning. The current literature demonstrates that this is not case, and patients with dementia benefit as much from rehabilitation as individuals without 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 our goals.
The current course will provide you with a better understanding of cognitive aging as well as discuss which parts of cognition are the strongest throughout the progression of dementia. 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. 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.
Dates and Locations
01-20-2020 - 01-20-2020, 12:00AM 12:00AM EASTERN