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Dementia Communication Strategies for Teaching the Caregiver

presented by Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Jane Yakel receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 75 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Over half of the population 65+ years of age will have symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease by 2050. A staggering and sobering figure! When faced with the question of who is going to care for these patients, the finger ultimately points to the family. Families struggle due to their inadequate understanding of the "world of dementia." As service delivery of therapy shifts from the patient to family, the clinician needs to know how to teach and document the necessary Communication Strategies required for skilled intervention. This course teaches top evidence-based communication strategies with step-by-step directions, dozens of real life examples, and hands-on demonstrations. Clinicians will gain the confidence and skills to teach the family and caregivers; to teach those who are ultimately responsible for the patient.

Meet Your Instructor

Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Jane Yakel, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist currently employed as private contractor and consultant. She has worked in a variety of settings which include: acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, independent living facilities, hospitals, and school districts. She has been a regional and national clinical specialist or…

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1. Global Health, Prevalence Forecast of Aging, Caregiver Statics, Therapeutic Approaches

This chapter describes global health and aging, dementia prevalence forecasts for the aging population, and touches on caregiver statics: cost in dollars, impact on economy, and reduction in workforce.

2. Communication Techniques

This chapter describes the FOCUSED communication guide for caregivers, and the key points of the acronym with explanations.

3. Reflective Listening

This chapter describes reflective listening, and provides examples of implementation of directions, pitfalls of reflective listening, and reflective listening formulas.

4. Validation

This chapter describes validation, including it's definition and the rational for deploying validation. The pros of validation are discussed and weighed against reality therapy within the context of clinical scenarios such as hoarding, hallucinations, and blamer behaviors.

5. Re-Direction

This chapter describes and defines re-direction, describes techniques to re-direct dementia patients, and uses re-direction in case examples.

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