The Experiencing Dementia workshop aims to provide a deeper insight into the confusion and disorientation that affects people with dementia. Through simulation participants enter the world of a person with dementia, and it encourages them to reflect on this experience and their responses to it. The workshop seeks to alter the participants’ personal experience as a means of fostering positive attitudes and to promote more sensitive care practices when participants interact with people who live with dementia.
Intended learning outcomes:
At the completion of this workshop, it is anticipated that the participants will
- Have a basic understanding of dementia
- Identify the key problems and abilities experienced by people with dementia
- Experience what it might be like to have confusion and dementia
- Identify their feelings as a result of this experience
- Discuss their own personal feelings and behaviours that resulted from the simulation exercise and link these to clients in their care
- Discuss strategies to improve the care of people with dementia
CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS OF BEHAVIOUR ASSOCIATED WITH DEMENTIA
This workshop aims to challenge care providers understanding of changes in behavior that are associated with dementia, particularly those behaviors that may be considered difficult. It raises awareness and encourages practical strategies based in research, to prevent, minimise and understand behavior that is distressing or dangerous for the person or others. Participants will examine the biological, psychological, social and environmental factors that contribute to behavior change and will explore ways to meet behaviorally expressed need for people living with dementia. The importance of self-reflection and self-care form part of this holistic approach.
Intended learning outcomes:
- Explore definitions of “behaviour” in the field of dementia care
- Discuss the impacts of cognitive change on behaviour
- Recognise the impact of perspective on behaviour
- Discuss biological factors contributing to a behaviour response
- Discuss the psychological factors that contribute to a behaviour response
- Discuss the social and environmental factors that contribute to a behaviour response
- Explore ways to meet behaviourally expressed need for people living with dementia
- Undertake a self-reflection exercise of own response to behaviour
DATE: Monday 1 May 2017
TIME: 9.30am to 4.30pm
COST: $195.00 per person
VENUE: Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, Dementia & Memory Community Centre, corner Cox’s & Norton Roads, North Ryde
Participants who have attended this workshop have made the following comments:
- Plenty of opportunity for interaction and to share and exchange knowledge
- Would recommend to others - very well presented
- Better understanding of what it is like for someone living with dementia and how to communicate better and understand their behaviour
- This education was informative and also enlightens on how the persons' needs are met to make life comfortable
- Made me look at dementia through the eyes of the affected person
- Widened my thinking that there is more than one way around a problem
Attached please find the flyer and registration form.
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