Navigating Dementia Therapy
Making a Good First Impression

Making a Good First Impression

August 13, 2020

Is it difficult to engage a person with dementia?

Occasionally we just need to step back and take a fresh look at what we’re doing.

Help is on the way!  

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Is it Normal Aging, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Pseudodementia?  How do you know?

Is it Normal Aging, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Pseudodementia? How do you know?

July 17, 2020

How many times have you been asked the question, especially from family or caregivers, “Don’t you think it’s just normal aging, I mean, doesn’t everybody get forgetful when they get old?”

There is a good response to that question.

I will give you some examples and reference points you can use.

Let’s talk about it.

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Memory and Dementia

Memory and Dementia

July 17, 2020

Why should we talk about memory?  

What should I do when my patient can’t remember?

How do I help someone who is just going to forget what I said?

Why do we focus on short term memory when long term memory is often more useful?

There is a memory model I want to share with you.

Let’s talk about it.

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Introduction to Staging your Alzheimer’s Patient: The Global Deterioration Scale stages 5 through 7

Introduction to Staging your Alzheimer’s Patient: The Global Deterioration Scale stages 5 through 7

June 18, 2020

What are the characteristics of stages 5 through 7?

Can we predict what will come next based on the GDS?

How can we use this knowledge to make informed decisions and have appropriate expectations for our goals and objectives?

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Introduction to Staging Your Alzheimer’s Patient: The Global Deterioration Scale stages 1 through 4 – The Crucial First Step

Introduction to Staging Your Alzheimer’s Patient: The Global Deterioration Scale stages 1 through 4 – The Crucial First Step

June 18, 2020

What is the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS)?

How and why do you stage your Alzheimer’s patient using the GDS?

Why do I think this is the most important, overlooked tool you can use to support your work?

Why do stage 3 goals look different from stage 4 goals?

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Types and Causes of Dementia and Understanding Behaviors

Types and Causes of Dementia and Understanding Behaviors

June 18, 2020

Why is it important to know what type of dementia you’re working with?  

Why does my patient always say ‘no’ to everything?

Why is it so hard to get her to come to therapy?

Should I have an expectation of reliable memory?

We’ll be looking at Alzheimer's, vascular, mixed, Lewy body, Parkinson’s and frontotemporal dementias. There are a variety of distinct behaviors within each type of dementia and their stages.

Understanding the person you’re working with makes therapy relationships 10xs better.

Do you tend to think about all dementia patients as being the same? Let’s talk about it.

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Thinking Outside the Box, Therapy Strategies, and Some Therapy Stories

Thinking Outside the Box, Therapy Strategies, and Some Therapy Stories

June 14, 2020

Typical strategies used for a stroke patient often don’t work with a person who has dementia.

Building a rapport happens in the first few minutes. How can we make that successful?

There are different parts of the brain that are lost to you, and different parts of the brain that are available to you. And what happens next depends on what you do.

I’ll talk about some important things to consider.

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Reminisce and Validation

Reminisce and Validation

June 14, 2020

How can I use reminiscence?

Should we ask about something familiar, or ask questions they can’t possibly answer? 

How can I use Validatioin in my therapy sessions?

Should people to tell you you’re your feelings are wrong? 

Let’s talk about that.

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What’s the Newest DSM 5 Criteria for a Dementia Diagnosis? What is a Pseudodementia?

What’s the Newest DSM 5 Criteria for a Dementia Diagnosis? What is a Pseudodementia?

June 14, 2020

Is your patient is presenting with an organic dementia or a pseudodementia?

Do you know what a dementia diagnosis consists of?

What if the person looks like they have dementia – but they don’t?

Let’s talk about it.

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Making a Good First Impression

Making a Good First Impression

June 14, 2020

Is it difficult to engage a person with dementia?

Do they always say “no”? 

Do you find yourself getting frustrated?

Occasionally we just need to step back and take a fresh look at what we’re doing.

Help is on the way! My suggestions and stories are based on my 30 years of working with dementia patients. 

This practical and functional information is designed to help you achieve successful outcomes in your therapy!

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