Caregiving Challenges: What to Do About Dementia!
In this session, you will be introduced to the basics of dementia care and communication, with significant time dedicated to answering the questions of attendees.
Dementia is an acquired disease-related clinical syndrome involving multiple cognitive impairments that result in dysfunction and disability, dependence upon assistance from others for activities of daily living, depression, and premature institutionalization and death. It is the second most prevalent mental disorder affecting older adults, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and is present in one-third of older adults at the time of death.
High quality care from a loving and dedicated care partner is tremendously beneficial to people with dementia. Many family members and friends volunteer to provide care to their loved ones living with dementia. Yet, dementia care is very difficult, and caregiving can be so stressful that it harms the caregiver! Too few of us understand what to expect or how to handle each new challenge when we begin caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another disorder of dementia.
In this session, you will be introduced to the basics of dementia care and communication, with significant time dedicated to answering the questions of attendees. Participants will be oriented to the reasons for progressive dementia symptoms, principles to shape the most kind and humane methods of communication, and the strategies for effective, person-centered care…and self-care!
About the Speaker
Daniel Kaplan, PhD, LICSW
Dr. Kaplan is the former National Director of Social Services at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and is currently an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work. His research includes intervention studies and workforce development initiatives to optimize services, clinical interventions and supportive environments for older adults with mental and neurological disorders living in the community, as well as studies of programs to enhance social work supervision. Dr. Kaplan is a licensed gerontological clinical social worker. He earned his doctorate at Columbia University and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship in the NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Services Research program at the Weill Cornell Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry.
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