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Dementia: Using Assistive Technology to Improve Functional Performance

presented by Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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

Non-Financial: Carrie Ciro has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 56 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 40 Minutes

In this course, participants will be introduced to different types of technology or environmental modifications that support function in people with dementia. As many older adults suffer from issues related to vision, Dr. Carrie Ciro outlines the most common low vision diagnoses, presentation and supports for improving function. In a section focused on activities of daily living, participants will explore a variety of low and high tech options that can be incorporated into task-oriented training. Specific to memory support, a variety of stationary and mobile devices to support function are highlighted. Finally, Dr. Ciro provides a framework for training people with dementia how to use assistive technology within a task-oriented program using motor learning structure.

Meet Your Instructor

Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Carrie Ciro is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health, and hospital care. Additionally, she has 20 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level…

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1. Devices for People that have Low Vision

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Carrie Ciro introduces assistive technology and its application to older adults. She demonstrates how to recognize low vision diagnoses and impact on function. Participants will review select examples of low and high-tech devices that can be incorporated into treatment sessions.

2. Assistive Technology for ADL Performance

Dr. Carrie Ciro classifies low and high-tech assistive technology that can support activities of daily living for people with dementia. Participants will learn to differentiate appropriate equipment recommendations based on patient strengths and impairments.

3. Assistive Technology to Enhance Memory

This chapter describes the differences between stationary aids and mobile memory aids, as well as the pros and cons for each. Participants will learn to identify appropriate adaptations for priority goals such as scheduling and finding lost items.

4. Training Strategies

The final chapter of this course names barriers to using assistive technology and provides suggestions for overcoming barriers to assistive technology. Participants will learn to employ training strategies for teaching people with dementia how to incorporate assistive technology into daily activities.

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