Pam Brandon

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Five Steps to Engage Families as Part of the Care Team

Posted by Pam Brandon on Sep 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM


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Topics: family engagement, Flashback Reminiscence Training

How & Why to Implement the Basics into Workplace Culture

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 11, 2022 2:29:42 PM
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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training

Radical Empathy: Can We Move the Needle?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jul 28, 2022 12:00:00 PM
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Topics: empathy, Empathy Training, Empathetic Listening, cultivating empathy

Social Prescribing: The Framework  to Improve Health and Well-Being

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 30, 2022 6:00:00 PM

II was so grateful for having the opportunity to sit in on the recent ActivitiesStrong Summit hosted by Linked Senior, Activity Connection, NAAP, and NCAAP. This yearly event aims to acknowledge, educate and empower activity and life enrichment professionals and celebrate the longest day in honor of everyone living with cognitive change to honor the professionals who serve older adults in senior living. 

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Dementia Training: Simulation Training for Nursing Students

Posted by Pam Brandon on May 26, 2022 1:31:47 PM

What is a Dementia Simulation?

Dementia simulation allows students to walk in the shoes of those with dementia- to experience the world as they experience it. We explain Dementia Live® as the 'Inside-Out' experience, allowing participants to take that deep dive into understanding what it might be like to live with the extraordinary physical and emotional challenges accompanying cognitive change.

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Topics: Dementia simulation

Lonely is not Being Alone. It's the Feeling that no one Cares.

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 25, 2022 12:41:10 PM

Sometimes we all need to be reminded of how our little part in helping a world in need can change our thinking. 

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Topics: Communication Skills Training, Loneliness and Isolation

Dementia-Friendly Reading Reduces Staff Direction

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 18, 2022 11:00:00 AM

In the world of options for quality life engagement programming, seeking activities that decrease staff direction serves many purposes:

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Topics: resident-directed activity, dementia-friendly reading, life-engagement activity

The Consequences of Uneducated Family Caregivers

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 4, 2022 3:00:00 PM

That latest research from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving is alarming. The US had 43.5 million unpaid caregivers in 2015. By 2020, that number soared to 53 million. Nearly one in five or 19% provide unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs. 

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Topics: Dementia Live®Training, Dementia simulation, Communication Skills Training, Dementia Care Outreach Education, Family Caregiver Education

How Online Learning can Support Experiential Training

Posted by Pam Brandon on Mar 2, 2022 3:00:00 PM

In my last blog post, I shared a recent poll we had conducted that asked what type of training is most effective for aging service providers. Experiential training was the clear leader, followed by peer-to-peer mentoring. Online learning came in last.  We need to change our thinking about online learning!

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live®Training, workforce training, Communication Skills Training, Online Learning

What Type of Training Most Supports Skill Building?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 28, 2022 3:00:00 PM

The team here at AGE-u-cate recently ran a poll on this very question. Of the following options, including online learning, experiential training, peer-to-peer mentoring, and "other". The clear winner was experiential training, coming in at 77%, followed by peer-to-peer mentoring at 23%. 

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Dementia Live Training, dementia care training, Communication Skills Training, experiential training

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