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Jane Yakel


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 therapist, and a trainer for program directors throughout the United States. She taught Medicare Regulations and Guidelines and has defended Medicare denial claims at the Administrative Law Judge Lever for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathologist with 100% turnover. She has served as CEO of a Community RE-Entry Center for Traumatic Brain Injury survivors in Scottsdale AZ, and has been a professor and clinical instructor at four universities: University of Wyoming, Utah State University, DeVry University-Phoenix, and DeVry University-Fremont California. Her diverse background in the academic, administration, and healthcare arenas has given her strong clinical skills in patient assessment, evaluation, treatment, and patient/family education. She has also shared her expertise as an author and presenter for national and state board continuing educational courses on various topics including the Prospective Payment System, Ethics and Professionalism, Dysphagia Management, Customer Service, Comprehensive Assessment of the Patient and Cognitive Communication Disorders. She is the author of four comprehensive therapy books addressing dementia, cognition, dysphagia, and assessment.

She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a past representative for the People to People Ambassador Program for the American Speech and Hearing Association in South Africa, and is a prior member of the Wyoming Board of Examiners for Speech-Language and Audiology. Ms. Yakel completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Wyoming, specializing in neuropathology.

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Dementia: Serving the Disease Process from Beginning to End

Presented by Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Dementia: Serving the Disease Process from Beginning to End

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Sooner or later, it will touch us all: our patients, family members, or someone else close to us is diagnosed with dementia. It is more important than ever to know how the diseases of dementia unfold. Knowing the Stages of Dementia are extraordinarily informative; it is like having a road map to know WHAT to do WHEN for our patient, family, friends. Serving the patient throughout the disease process has become a reality and an ethical responsibility. The focus of this course identifies the origins of dementia; completes a differential diagnosis of degenerative diseases; and outlines the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of the Seven Clinical Stages of Dementia. Developmental "mental" ages are discussed with each clinical stage, followed with specific guidelines of what a patient CAN and CAN NOT do during the disease process. Discipline-specific interventions are discussed at each clinical stage with documented samples for medical necessity and justification.

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Evidence-Based Interventions for Individuals with Dementia

Presented by Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Evidence-Based Interventions for Individuals with Dementia

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Video Runtime: 61 Minutes

Dementia is now being referred to as an "epidemic," and it is becoming increasingly more challenging to provide appropriate services that benefit the individual and maximize cognitive and functional outcomes. We are continually being swept into a flurry of daunting tasks to teach the demented patient skills that are hard to come by, including locking wheelchair brakes for safety, drinking liquids to prevent dehydration, and increase functional independence in toileting. This course teaches the top evidence-based intervention strategies used by all disciplines in the field of dementia. Step-by-step directions with live demonstrations will leave the participant with the confidence and skills to meet functional outcomes for all patents, at all levels.

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Dementia Communication Strategies for Teaching the Caregiver

Presented by Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Dementia Communication Strategies for Teaching the Caregiver

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Video Runtime: 75 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.

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Jul 13, 2017

Maximizing Functional Outcomes for Patients with Dementia

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