This course includes education and training to assist you in providing quality support and engagement to the people you serve living with dementia.
Unit 1 – Mindfulness Activities for Healthy Aging
Speaker: Ellie Peterson, Founder of Meditative Movements
Healthy aging activities promote mental, social and physical well-being. Learn simple mindfulness activities that can be integrated into your programming. You will also experience the therapeutic Meditative Movements that have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and fatigue, while improving emotional and functional well-being per the 2017 University of Minnesota research study. This technique uses safe, easy to follow movements that are adaptable to anyone’s physical ability.
Unit 2 – Beyond Words: Therapeutic Art for Dementia
Speaker: Sherita Sparrow, ADC/EDU, CDP, CAP
According to F-Tag 744, it’s essential to engage residents with Dementia in programs that maintain their highest level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. This includes providing opportunities for creative expression. Yet, engaging individuals with dementia in art can feel challenging. How do we grab their attention long enough to do art? How do we connect with them on a deeper level, beyond the surface? You want to help individuals with Dementia move forward positively, but don’t know where to start. This webinar introduces the advantages of using therapeutic art to inspire the soul and promote the here and now when words are lost.
Unit 3 – Meaningfully Engage Individuals in Their Rooms, Especially Those Living with Dementia
Speaker: Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW
Join us for oodles of ideas to meaningfully engage individuals with their surroundings especially those living with dementia. Perhaps we are in our biggest challenge ever, to provide meaningful engagement to persons alone in their rooms. What a great opportunity to be creative. Institutionalized, isolated people need the gift of our intentionality to be able to engage naturally with their surroundings, even when there is not a pandemic. We can help to overcome boredom. Get a long list of ideas, contribute to it, and let’s let it inform our work into the future.
Unit 4 – Understanding Behavioral Symptoms: Whose Problem is it?
Speaker: Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS, MDEC
The activity professional is a key player in addressing challenging resident behaviors. This session will explore various protocols in understanding and responding to challenging behaviors. Environment, caregiver approach, and interdisciplinary models will be discussed.