Approach to Care: Normal Aging and Not Normal Aging
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About The Event
This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The learner will develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. Learners will also develop new skills related to approach, cueing, and ability to connect with people affected by dementia. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction. The workshop will also address typical issues that occur from early stages of the condition, through mid-disease, and into the final care concerns that are part of the progression.
1. Compare and contrast “normal” aging versus “not normal” aging related to various cognitive functions.
2. Describe the five-sensory input and processing systems, highlighting the dominant role of vision, and the major differences between protective and discriminating sensation in each.
3. Discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.
This workshop will benefit all individuals who find themselves in the role of a caregiver to those with dementia.
Rod Harwood is an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist with GOBHI serving much of Eastern Oregon. He is a Certified Positive Approach to Care Trainer and is qualified to facilitate workshops and train others in the PAC philosophy.