August 7, 2018

   8:00 a.m.        Registration/Continental Breakfast

   8:30 a.m.        Mastering the Art of Dementia Care

 11:45 a.m.        Lunch (provided)

 12:30 p.m.        Mastering the Art of Dementia Care continues

   3:45 p.m.        Adjourn                


This education meets the State of Iowa’s criteria for mandatory training on Dementia Specific Programing.

This unique dementia training program is different than traditional dementia training programs in several ways. First, it is rooted in real-world, practical experience, so the presentations are filled with examples of how to apply the principles that are being described.  Next, the techniques taught involve out-of-the-box thinking and innovation that go well beyond what most dementia training programs focus on. And perhaps the most important is the fact that the training includes a review of current research that points a path to improving the cognitive functioning of people with dementia and preventing Alzheimer’s for those without symptoms. These experiences and understanding represent something most attendees will have never heard about before.

This 6-hour course provides attendees with a thorough understanding of how Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias affect the brain, how dementia-related brain degeneration affects the way an individual experiences the world, and helps attendees develop practical, hands-on skills for effectively communicating with persons living with dementia.  Participants will also learn how to implement the techniques taught in the course with their staff members, how to engage residents in meaningful activity. The course is filled with engaging, real-world examples and case studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Describe what current research shows causes Alzheimer’s and what treatment options exist.
  • List the 5 VITAL Pillars of Effective Communication and explain how to apply them in real-world situations.
  • Explain variations in how different types of dementia affect the brain and discuss how those differences impact care partnering decisions.
  • Explain and demonstrate a wide variety of techniques and approaches that enhance communication with persons living with dementia.
  • Learn common reasons why residents with dementia display certain behaviors.
  • Understand and explain why an accurate diagnosis early in the disease process is important.
  • Describe how the physical environment affects the behavior of persons living with dementia.
  • Demonstrate how to implement effective techniques in memory care settings.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Providers are encouraged to send their entire care team to this informative, high-energy, program that will provide an innovative and do-able approach to quality dementia care.