Dementia Care Conference - Connecting with Those Who Have Dementia

This education meets the State of Iowa’s criteria for mandatory training on Dementia Specific Programing for Health Care Assistants, Activity Professionals, Social Services, Nurses, Department Heads, Administrators, and Assisted Living Managers

Implementing and sustaining effective dementia training and behavior prevention initiatives can be difficult in even the most-committed organizations. Providers are encouraged to send their entire teams to this high-energy, day-long program that will provide an innovative and do-able approach to dementia care. The training will offer caregivers proven and fun tools, tips, and approaches to dementia care.

August 6, 2013

  8:00 a.m.   Registration/Continental Breakfast

  8:30 a.m.   The Coin’s Other Side: A Positive Care Mindset
The old saying “there are two sides to every coin” is an appropriate metaphor when caring for people with dementia. Often we focus too much mental energy on only one face of the coin...the tough moments. There is, however, a brighter and more uplifting side. Seeing it and knowing how to create it is the central theme of this program.

This session will describe the profound impact of positive mindsets and how to effectively meet the six emotional needs of those who have dementia. The compelling program spiced with gripping video clips, stunning candid photography, and entertaining audience interaction…beautifully coordinated by a unique mother/daughter team of seasoned speaking professionals. They talk from real experience and teach practical, ready-to-use skills. At times you will laugh, at other times cry…but you won’t be bored for a second.

11:45 a.m.   Lunch (Provided)

12:30 p.m.   Staying In Touch: Connecting with Those Who Have Dementia
The afternoon session will focus on Communication Coaching to help participants apply and teach simple, but powerful communication techniques that make life better for persons with dementia. Additionally there will be a discussion on ‘behavior prevention’ and strength-based activities – known to make life much less frustrating and safer for both residents and staff members. Packed with take-home tools and coaching strategies you can use immediately – this is the dementia session you don’t want to miss!

  3:45 p.m.   Adjourn